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My poem “I’m Not Listening” was written in the context of personal relationships. (The poem appears at the end of Part Five of A Moment of Time; Caitlin has left a relationship with a man whose dark side surfaced after his

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Hallmarks of the Emerging New Paradigm: Cooperation

She appreciated his efforts to create a sense of community in a city where the desirability of competition went unquestioned. Chapter 71, A Moment of Time* Competition. How do you respond to the word? Do you envision a sporting event

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Do Thoughts Influence Reality?

That’s the question Paula Prentis asks herself after the fictional events she’s written about start showing up on the evening news. A successful screenwriter, Paula is suffering from writer’s block. She’s been asked to write a script about a woman

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The Power of Possibility

Imagine a child growing up in an isolated and impoverished environment. Perhaps the people around her commit heinous acts in order to survive—or perhaps they choose to escape a hopeless existence and commit suicide. Options are limited; the future seems

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Hallmarks of the Emerging New Paradigm: Sustainability

View image | gettyimages.com Sustainability Like tastes and temperaments, people’s values and priorities varied. But that didn’t mean freedom of choice was an unlimited right; it didn’t mean exploitation was okay. Some people’s tastes and choices were taking up too

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Hallmarks of the Emerging New Paradigm: Community

Community “The differences between groups sometimes cause conflicts—people can always find something to disagree about as long as they feel a need to create separation. We reject in others what we’re unable or unwilling to accept in ourselves, the things

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Hallmarks of the Emerging New Paradigm: Accountability

Accountability He had influenced her as well. Five years earlier, she’d advised him to plead guilty to a lesser charge, but answers to questions about right and wrong no longer seemed starkly evident to her. Laws were not always just

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Hallmarks of the Emerging New Paradigm: Transparency

In recent posts, I described some of the general features of paradigms and the process by which old paradigms are abandoned and new ones embraced. Next, I’ll discuss (in no particular order) some of the characteristics of the paradigm that

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Paradigm Shift

Visionaries see problem areas and potential remedies long before others but their recommendations may be ignored until a crisis results and people are ready to embrace changes that may be long overdue. Accepting a new paradigm is akin to a “conversion experience.”

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What Is a New Paradigm Novel? (Part Two)

Part Two: What Is a Paradigm? Many people would consider his opinions extreme, Kimo knew, so he mostly kept them to himself. He could afford to view unsustainable lifestyles and practices with disdain, for he had never benefited from the

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