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“I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clean-cut language. So I resolved always to speak –and to act—quite clearly, as this was the only way of setting myself on the right track.”                         –Jean Tarrou, The Plague by Albert Camus Camus used  The Plague as an expedient to present a misleadingly simple […]

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“When I was younger, so much younger, than today/ I never needed anybody’s help in any way/ And now those days are gone/ I’m not so self-assured/ And now I find I’ve changed my mind/I’ve opened up the doors” —  Help! (Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as performed by Tina Turner for Private Dancer) John Lennon […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “The most powerful and obvious ‘truths’ within cultures are often the things that are not said and not directly acknowledged.”                                     –Mary Anne Staniszewski, Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art The context in which this statement arises within Staniszewski’s work is during the opening statements of this her […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “As an athlete, I couldn’t control what my teammates or the people against whom I was competing were doing, but I could control what I was doing, how hard I worked, and how disciplined I was about aspects of my training.” — Dylan Casey, in Come to Win California native […]

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by Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “Maybe the hardest part is if you teach, you have to live your teaching. You can’t say, ‘You do, not as I do, but do as I say.’ No, no. You have to say, ‘I’m doing my best to live what I teach.’”               […]

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by Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “I had to find what I was comfortable with and compare myself to my own expectations, not to anyone else’s.”                                     — Monica Seles, Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self A former teen prodigy, Monica Seles finished her tennis career a 9-time major champion, an Olympic […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. “What wants to happen?”                         — Eileen McNamara That wise query originated with the mother of a dear friend. It was proposed in the context of my friend –her daughter– insistently swimming during her younger years against the unyielding current of life. As with koi in Japanese culture, swimming upstream […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. While reading this passage –part of his final letter to his daughter– one senses Ashe’s patience and worry, as well as a sense of urgency and fatherly insistence. He references, and leans heavily on, Maya Angelou’s poem On the Pulse of Morning to teach the lessons of “a rock, a […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. In his acclaimed “practical guide to personal freedom,” don Miguel Ruíz advises, “Being impeccable with your word is not using the word against yourself.” The idea is to speak words that represent who you are, understanding that you are responsible for how your words ramify. If you gossip about a […]

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By Darius E. Bennett, Esq. To demonstrate this point, Thich Nhat Hanh raises what appears to be an empty glass, and challenges his audience with the query that if the glass is empty, then “Empty of what?” Walking softly and ably over the mental obstacles built by their assumptions, he continues his skillful ingress into […]

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