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Life is not going to slow down for any of us any time soon.

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My mother would, when faced with a difficult situation or going through a trying time, always step back and put things in perspective with a few simple words.

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The Daily News is going to do all it can to help our local businesses recover. While many have sustained storm damage, others are opening their doors to customers. And more will reopen in the coming days. What we hope to do is help get the word out of who is open for business.

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A friend was telling me about how in high school he missed an important test. He had gone out of town on a Thursday night with a friend to a concert, and on the way back their car broke down. Unable to get home, they stayed the night with a friend’s family member, eventually making their way…

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While leaving a hotel located on the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico, the doorman mentions a blind man needing a lift across town.

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The other day, a friend brought up the subject of one’s “inner voice” — that unsolicited voice who speaks up without us ever asking for an opinion.

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Hollywood might be the last place you would expect to hear someone thanking God for their success in life.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you. There is a period at the end of our title across the top of the newspaper.

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Riding my bicycle beneath the canopy of low-hanging live oak trees of a quiet side street, a pair of small objects to my left redirect a flash of light into my sunglasses.

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Earlier this week, I received a telephone call from someone in the community I’ve met enough times to know he was not kidding me.

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“One day the dogs came back to our house wet. We didn’t even know the river was across the road.”

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Growing up as a kid, the spotting of red kettles on street corners and hearing the sound of hypnotic bell ringing was as much a symbol of the arrival of the Christmas season as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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But isn’t that the point of the flag burner? Isn’t the action of the intentional destruction of a deeply shared symbol designed to provoke a powerful reaction in others? Does the burning of the flag, an emotionally terrifying as it is to some, make the action a perfect tool to motivate and inspire discussion?

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Often in life we preoccupy ourselves with the intent of avoiding failure at all costs — as if doing so will guarantee our personal growth and success in life. And then I remember a small dead bush.

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Last week I found myself apologizing to both my voting-age children for the state of today’s national election.

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My wife once framed and displayed a broken piece of plastic from the refrigerator to remind me not to try to repair things around the house.

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Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, died within a week of when the ugliest chapters in modern American race relations broke out — leaving five Dallas police officers dead — and proving as a society, we have yet to learn from the painful lessons of our past.

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Sunday morning, with cable television and social media spewing reports of the mass killings in an Orlando nightclub, I found myself feeling uncomfortably numb.

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Earlier this week, I saw a dead woman walk out of the surf. That’s what her daughter had feared, at least.