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Does Empathy Still Matter?

May 7, 2020

By Don Mohler In less than six months, voters in the United States of America will decide the future of our nation. And make no mistake, the verdict will tell us quite a bit about who we are and where we are heading as a country. And here’s the bad news: it’s going to be…

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No Pomp. No Circumstance. But Lots of Hope.

April 18, 2020

Note: Dr. Jennifer Lynch stopped by the Front Porch to share the following letter she wrote to her daughter who is scheduled to graduate from high school later this spring.  By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. Dear Ellie, Unfortunately, you and your friends will not get to decorate the tops of your graduation caps. You won’t have…

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We Can’t Even Agree on a Virus. Why Are We Surprised?

March 30, 2020

So fighting a worldwide pandemic has now become just another partisan issue to be debated endlessly on cable news. Science used to matter. Today? Not so much. Are you on Team Fauci or Team Trump? In time of a national crisis, unfortunately we pick our mascots and head to the battlefield But these disagreements are…

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But He Knows Us

March 4, 2020

By Don Mohler On February 11, 2020 Joe Biden didn’t even stick around for the results to come on the day of the New Hampshire primary. He knew they were going to be dismal, and dismal they were. Later that night, Biden finished a distant fifth with barely 8% of the vote. Uncle Joe was…

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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

January 28, 2020

By Don Mohler Let’s be crystal clear: the final verdict on Donald J. Trump will not be delivered until November 3, 2020. There will be no real trial and no conviction in the Senate. Democrats would be better served to focus on getting out the vote, putting an end to their own childlike bickering, and…

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Dear Santa – We Need to Talk

December 18, 2019

By Don Mohler   Dear Santa, Okay Big Guy step away from the work bench and give the elves 15 minutes to grab a hot chocolate.  We need to talk. Sure we’ve made eye contact a few times over the past 40 years when you’ve listened intently to my children and grandchildren with wonder in…

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Traditions

November 25, 2019

At this special time of the year, I am pleased to welcome a well-known keynote speaker, behavioral transformation consultant, communications accelerator and a licensed mental health counselor as guest contributor to the Front Porch. This outstanding professional happens to be my sister from Jacksonville, Florida. I hope she will stop by on a regular basis.…

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It’s Time to Rethink the Impact of Technology on Our Communities

November 9, 2019

By Jennifer Lynch, Ph.D. I was born and raised in a small town.  My grandparents and their friends helped build my community. Their children and their children’s children have all called this place home. But it is more than my home.  It is my storybook, my fairy tale. When I was young, I didn’t know…

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Ellen Got It Right

October 13, 2019

By Don Mohler We should be able to sit at a baseball game and enjoy a beer and a brat with a friend, even if that friend’s political beliefs aren’t exactly our cup of tea. It shouldn’t take an Ellen DeGeneres therapy session on decency to remind of us of that. But it did. You…

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It’s Simple: We Just Have Too Many Guns

September 3, 2019

By Don Mohler “Oh my god, there’s been another one.” That is how the conversation began at our annual family Labor Day gathering over the weekend along the Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland. Sadly, no one had to ask what “another one” meant. In America 2019 everyone knew that somewhere, somehow there had been another…

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