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Why Timon and Pumbaa Are The True Villains Of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata and eating bugs accompanied by utter devastation. Here's why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains of The Lion King... and of the lives of many of us. I had the awesome privilege of getting to witness the Aladdin musical featuring The Genie from Broadway last week. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You get the point. It was stupendous. The sets, the songs, the costumes (!!!) were all top notch. Yes, I did cry... but it was from laughing so hard during the song High Adventure. People missed Abu but his replacements are quite hilarious. And the set they used ...

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When Nobody Is Good Enough For You

Whether it's the inability to find someone worthwhile, or feeling stuck in a relationship - what do you do when nobody is good enough for you? This one comes to you on the other side of some exciting personal news. I've recently gotten engaged in the last week or so, and Walking The Shoreline has had over 400,000 visitors! I am truly humbled by all the visitors I've had over the last few years, as well as all the messages I get from all across the world of how a few simple words from me have fostered some thought and even ...

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Everyone Is Religious

Is God dead? Is organised religion a farce? Whatever your answer, I would subscribe to you that everyone is religious, not just those who say they are. A comment that I hear with ever increasing regularity is "I'm not religious". People usually say this when they either have no belief in a higher power, or they do have a belief, but don't see themselves as actively exhibiting the behaviours associated with said belief. Owners of the statement would usually describe themselves as somewhere between atheists and deists. Some people would even describe themselves as non-practicing Catholics, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists. There's ...

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Are You Too Busy For A Relationship?

The African proverb says, "If you want to travel fast, go alone; if you want to travel far, go together". A growing majority of single and married people are choosing the former. Are you too busy for a relationship? I think one of the most common statements I hear when people discuss the topic of relationships, or anything really, is how busy they are. Any time I'm in an elevator somewhere, the small talk conversation is always obsessive about the level of busy-ness. "So so busy, I don't even know how we'll get it done". "Busy, but good busy". "It's good ...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Just Tell Him (Or Her)

Life is too short to keep love to yourself. Here are 7 reasons why you should just tell him (or her). "Matt, why is this one not targeted at guys telling them to communicate their love?". Well, it is. It's about all of us really. The phrasing here, "Tell Him", refers to a classic duet between Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand which seems to be a frequent summary of some of the greatest advice in the realms of love I've ever heard. Whilst a dialogue between a younger woman seeking counsel from an older woman about a man she loves, it ...

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Is Your Phone Ruining Your Love Life? - Valentine's Day 2018

Is your phone ruining your love life? Single, dating or married, the greatest competition to a satisfying relationship may be that little screen in your pocket. I think everyone has had a Valentine's Day that's sucked. For some it was because it was a time of love unrequited. For others it was a time where you felt forced into expressing your feelings for someone you feel you've already sufficiently expressed your feelings for. Others still may remember a bad date or a breakup triggered by the pressure of the day. For me a Valentine's Day that always sticks out was one a ...

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Is It Harder To Date In Church?

It's an issue plaguing many of the young adults in our faith communities, but not one we're always willing to talk about directly. Is it harder to date in church? In recent months I've met a number more people across some different churches. My travels have taken me to churches and non-denominational events of a variety of different kinds. As a person who has been actively involved in the young adults community in a few churches, I notice and regularly hear about a common thread of frustration and difficulty in many a Christian's walk. And that's in the area of dating and ...

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7 Ways To Destroy Your Friendships and Key Relationships

It's easier to break a connection than it is to build one. Here are 7 ways to destroy your friendships and key relationships. Relationships are the greatest source of joy, or the greatest source of pain. There's no real middle ground. Whether it be friends, significant others, key business partners, or people we wish we were closer to, our interactions with each other frame the best and worst moments of our lives. In one of my sets of relationships at the moment, there are several people extremely hurt by someone's actions and the actions that surround their actions. It's difficult to deal ...

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Three Movies Better Than Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The latest episode in the space drama has got nothing on these. Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, and Your Name are three movies better than Star Wars: The Last Jedi. For the record, I enjoyed The Last Jedi. I saw it three times in the cinema. I wrote one of the few fan reviews in favour of the film. But I've gotta say, there were two movies in the same holiday window that really took me by surprise. The first one, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was one the lady and I thought would be a bit of a fun night out. Little ...

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Ghosting Is The Worst Phenomenon In Modern Relationships

Ghosting is the worst. Here's a look at an ever increasing, and an ever disheartening, trend in modern relationships. This year I was working for a company that had a bit of a shorter Christmas closure period, so we only had a week or so off. It was certainly enough for people to get enough of a break from the work calendar, get some things done (I took 100kgs of old junk out of storage to the tip, I feel like such a man), and spend time with people we love. Coming back from break is the usual question of "What ...

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