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Here are 21 random questions that have crossed my mind so far this year. Feel free to add your own.

  1. Kindergarten children know that you should tell the truth, share with others, and play nicely. Can we elect them to Congress?
  2. Santa Claus can guarantee accurate, overnight delivery of every one of his packages all across the globe. So why hasn’t USPS hired him?
  3. If they can create a vaccine for COVID-19 in less than a year, why can’t they develop a pill to cure arrogance and bigotry?
  4. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. …

It’s different, but that’s not altogether a bad thing.

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While faith and spirituality can be deeply personal, much about how we worship is highly social. Or at least it was, until the pandemic hit. Singing, praising, communing and celebrating are something we used to do together. Just as COVID, and the resulting need to social distance, has affected just about every aspect of how we live, so too has it had an impact on worship. While certainly some of those impacts have been for the worse, there have been some positive effects as well. And in a few cases, there have even been some pleasant surprises.

If nothing else…

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote. One hundred years later we stand on the brink of potentially electing a black woman to serve as the 49th Vice President of the United States. What would a suffragette say about this? Is 100 years too long to wait for our first black, female VP?

Fundamentally, the answer to this question comes down to voting rights, equality and representation. …

Smart, charming, persuasive and daring, she ruled an empire and captivated two of the most powerful men of her time.

Cleopatra and Caesar by Jean-Leon Gerome

When you think of powerful women, maybe Michelle Obama or Ruth Bader Ginsburg come to mind. Or perhaps you think of the solidarity behind the #MeToo movement and the women who took down Harvey Weinstein. Certainly there have been amazing women throughout time who have exerted power and changed the course of history. This is the story of Cleopatra, one of the most famous women of antiquity. Hers is a tale of power won, lost, regained, and then lost forever as Egypt fell to the Roman Empire. …

The story of how a small carpentry shop that made wooden toys turned into one of the top toy makers in the world.

When I was a little kid in the 1970s, you didn’t go online to buy the latest LEGO Star Wars or NINJAGO set. You went to the toy store. When my parents finally let me buy more legos, the question wasn’t one of which series to buy but rather how big a box of bricks I would be allowed to get. Yes, there were some Lego “sets” back in the seventies. But really it was all about the bricks.

Playing with legos has changed a lot since then,and so have legos themselves. Back then my friends and I each had…

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In high school, my archaeology teacher wore a bow tie. Seniors could elect to take an archaeology class, which held the allure of the occasional field trip to an old homestead near school where students could dig around for broken pottery and dishes. But the real motivation for many of the seniors was the fact that the teacher, Mr. Randall, was near retirement. Most of his lessons involved watching VHS tapes of ancient civilizations that a good portion of class slept through.

Question: Do you know what other archaeology instructor also wore a bow tie?

Answer: Indiana Jones.

Professor Jones…

Wonder Woman will turn 80 years old next year and yet she is as relevant today as she was for her audience back in 1941.

Resourceful, brave, and ahead of her time, Wonder Woman is not one to let bullets, Nazis, or traditional cultural standards for women hold her down or limit her ability to stand up for justice and the welfare of others. She is an enduring role model for us all.

Originated by a free-thinking, Harvard-educated psychologist who believed in the educational potential of comic books, Wonder Woman was brought to life. Patriotic and smart, she forged her…

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I will confess that the thought of networking used to intimidate me. Frankly I wasn’t even sure that I knew what the term meant. Earlier in my career I wondered why anyone would even want to “network” with me. Being an introvert made it even more difficult as it took a real effort to reach out. I remember someone once giving me a popular book on how to network called Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. It sat on my bookshelf with a bright orange cover and stared me down as I ate my lunch at my desk.

But now…

Mary O'Connell

Mary O’Connell is a professional with 25+ years of work experience in public and private companies, for-profits and not-for-profits, global and domestic.

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