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Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.

If America and Canada surrender their leadership roles on religious liberty, religious minorities around the world will pay the price. In both the United States and Canada, the ability to work in government and pursue your dreams is becoming increasingly dependent on one’s beliefs about sexuality, biology, and the beginning of human life. These developments should concern ...

Be a little better today

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This simple prayer is recited in the rooms of all sober support meetings. A prayer of peace, courage, and wisdom from one's higher power. For some, it is ...

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Making a record of my proceedings in my days

...I was taught...in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days ... having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and mysteries of God, therefore, I make a record of my proceedings in my ...

A sense of peace in recovery

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another ~ Romans 14:19, KJV All of us who come to the gate of recovery also come to face the reality of how destructive our lifestyle, while under the enslavement of our substance use, became. We deal with the ...

Stand a little taller in recovery

Growing up in the Mormon faith, one of my favorite hymns were Put your shoulder to the wheel. Not quite a typical hymnal of worship. However, it held specific meaning in a way that helped shape my understanding of life. The hymn was written during the migration of the Mormon Pioneers as the author took thought in ...

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Seattle’s Homelessness and poverty is part of a National Trend and Tragedy

People want to blame President Trump and his new tax plan. The reality is that while America is the most wealthiest nation, Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) have failed the American people. What follows is an excerpt from Kiro News.  American poverty Alston does not place American poverty on the current president. Rather, he points ...

Does a 12-step based recovery program work?

There appears to be some aversion to attending, participating in, and following the 12-steps of sober support meetings. The underlying question: does a 12-step program help people achieve sobriety? In Chapter 2, of the second edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we read the following introductory statement: WE, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands ...

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In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship? – The New York Times

Spending the day monitoring Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, I've noticed the trending conversation surrounding sensitivity readers. This relates to the writing and publishing of children's books. I happened to come across this publisher's weekly article concerning sensitivity readers. It appears there is a question being raised in the literary community. Are sensitive readers more into censoring a ...

Nature of Substance Use Disorder and Social Responsibility

Within the past year, we have heard stories from social media, news outlets, and ongoing conversations around the rise of the opioid crisis. Reading through the various commentary, there is a noticeable trend of individuals caught up in emotional responses. Yet, as a society, do we fully comprehend the nature of addiction and how individuals ...

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