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8 Ways To Be Physically Distant But Socially Connected

8 Ways To Be Physically Distant But Socially Connected

With the need to be physically distant from others in this season, it can be a very trying time for human connection. Here are 8 ways to be physically distant but stay socially connected. A positive look at our great opportunity during this trying time. I'm writing this in the midst of a world in chaos. COVID-19 AKA Coronavirus is ripping through the world and destroying much of the societal norms that have existed to this point. Affecting China for several months at this point, the spread of the virus has become fairly widespread. As a result, governments everywhere are making necessary ...

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Mental Illness Isn't An Excuse for Cruelty or Destruction

A recent tragedy of domestic violence has highlighted the dark reality of many relationships, resounding to us that mental illness isn't an excuse to be cruel or destructive.Source: Daily MailWhat recent marital tragedy am I referring to? That would depend on where you live and when you are reading this. Unfortunately in every country at any point of the year, there are so many tragedies in relationships and marriages. Domestic violence, emotional or psychological abuse, and intentional cruelty ran rampant across our world today.The particular case I'm referring to is the case of Hannah Clarke and her three children who ...

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7 Things That Push The Good Men Away

In the search for a partner, could you be pushing away the man of your dreams? Here are 7 things which push the good men away.Source: Warner Bros.There are a few re-occurring seasons of life that put extra pressure and awareness on the state of your love life. Valentine's Day is the obvious one, where every corner of marketing is covered in love (or anti-love, which still puts just as much pressure on). Christmas and birthdays are another time where the togetherness of others reminds you of whether or not you have a bae to call your own. New Year's ...

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Do The Right Thing Even If You Get The Wrong Result

There's been a fairly simple, fairly underrated yet fairly profound encouragement echoing through my mind for the start of the year - do the right thing even if you get the wrong result.Photo by Kun Fotografi from PexelsThe Twenties are back, baby. I hope you're putting the full four digit year down on dates to keep the lawyers happy, that you're over the jokes about 2020 vision (although I hope you have it physically and towards your purpose), and that you're well acquainted with Baby Yoda.There's been a fairly simple thought going through my head for the start ...

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Children Are Not Their Parents: The Rise Of Skywalker Spoilers Review

Episode 9 in a sentence - children are not their parents. To say any more than that... well, spoilers. Here is my Rise Of Skywalker spoilers review.Source: DisneyIn case it wasn't clear enough already, spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker to follow.Like Avengers: Endgame, Episode 9 of Star Wars is impossible to talk about without talking spoilers, especially since the first few minutes of the movie are loaded with them. So like I have with the previous entries in the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, I thought I'd give Episode 9 the same treatment. This is ...

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When Will Christmas Be Happy?

One of the deepest questions of this season isn't around presents, lights, carols or shops - it's this: When will Christmas be happy?Source: Universal. Also, Arthur is a doodley-dooChristmas really is one of the most unique times of the year. I'm walking around Australian shops in 40 degree heat and our country is currently facing a huge bushfire crisis, but at the same time, all the songs playing are about winter wonderlands and letting it snow and the carol of the winter bells... and everyone seems to find it completely normal. Shops are open later providing more opportunities to shop, ...

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Me at Mars Hill, Athens this year - where reality was much better than expectations!

The Constant Struggle of Expectations vs. Reality - 2019 In Review

Through the ups and downs of the year, one thing is clear - 2019 has been a classic example of the constant struggle of expectations vs. reality.Me at Mars Hill, Athens this year - where reality was much better than expectations!The end of the year is one of the most reflective times in our calendar. Please join me in looking back on my year with a lot of "oh yeah that happened" and "oh wow that happened?", and hopefully in finding something useful reflecting on your own.If you're joining me for the first time, I usually like to write a ...

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What Porn Teaches Us About Men

A lot of gents seem to really like it, but we don't always think about the reasons why. Here's what porn teaches us about men. Source: StockMature written content warning.It seems porn probably has never been more mainstream than it is today. Once a back corner wink wink nudge nudge sort of topic, we see its impact daily in a number of areas. Streaming services and big TV productions now feature high levels of sexual content that would have once been considered hardcore porn. Between 1998 and 2005, one study showed an increase of 14% in shows having sexual content, ...

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Why Men Need Purpose, Direction, and Income

"I want a man who's unemployed, lazy and directionless", said no woman ever. Here's why men need purpose, direction, and yes - income.Source: Warner Bros (and a really brilliant movie)The last post I did was a response to a very popular ABC article about man drought in the faith community. That post definitely got a lot of attention and a large number of readers in a short time. It's a topic that really resonated with a number of women who feel like it's extremely hard to find someone to settle down with. In that post, I tried to rebalance a ...

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Is There Really A Christian Man Drought?

What do you do when it feels like there's no one out there for you? Are we really in the middle of a Christian man drought?Source: Wong Fu Productions (from the brilliant Single By 30 on YouTube Premium)It's been a little while since I've last posted something here.That's because my wife and I have been in Europe for our anniversary. We wentacross England, Ireland, France and Greece. From London to Stratford to Galwayto Paris to Athens, and even more places in between, we're back and refreshed,ready for the next chapter of life.I returned from our holiday to find that the ...

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