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Show Up for Someone Today: The Amazing Power of Social Connection

My High School Reunion I graduated from high school over fifty years ago in 1969. There were seventeen of us in my class. It was so small because we all went to a seminary and thought we might want to become priests. Four of us became priests, including me, and two are still priests. Two of my classmates died in the ensuing fifty years, and all of our lives took different paths. Mine was so dramatic that I wrote a book about it, Stumbling into Happiness. Since our aging biological clocks were running out of time, we planned a reunion in January that included our wives. Some classmates had to drive as far away as Atlanta and Pittsburg for our “sleepover” in Columbus. On a cold Saturday aftern

AWE: It's a Key to Well-Being

“an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, wonder produced by that which is grand, sublime, powerful. . .” (www.Dictionary.com ). Joshua Tree National Park My wife Mary and I traveled out west for a little sunshine and warmth during the last week of January. Our aim was to walk the trails in Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, California. We flew to Las Vegas, rented a car, and then drove four hours to our Airbnb near Palm Springs. The beautiful ranch home we rented was at the end of a mile-long dirt road in a desert valley. We got out of the car, looked around and said, “This is awesome.” We could see the sunrise over the mountains each morning from our bed. We watched the

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