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Video: Dynamics to Change

In this 4 minute video Brian Patrick Jensen outlines the four key dynamics toward self improvement and accomplishing positive personal change. Brian’s complete lecture demonstrates how sustained behavioral change and true personal growth are possible by addressing each dynamic working in unison. This video provides a very good example of Brian’s presentation style and spirited enthusiasm.

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Illuminations Forevermore

John Adams’ Illuminations

“The day will be the most memorable in America.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward, forevermore.”  -John Adams, in a letter to his wife, Abigail, after the Continental Congress proclaimed the American colonies independent from Britain.

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John Adams’ “illuminations” always resonated with me. I absolutely positively love fireworks in an over-the-top patriotic childlike sort of way. Few entertainment venues inspire me more than a grand display of pyrotechnic missiles exploding in shimmering sparkles of magnesium dust across the steely sky. Read more

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The Sound of Dreams at Graduation

Musical Memory

I first noticed it last summer at the ballpark during the National Anthem.  The crowd stands; I put hand on heart and look to read their lips and sing along. I stammer, then draw a blank. How does it go? I know every word, of course; but I can’t sing it. I forget the melody—jeez, even to The Star Spangled Banner!

It was a cruel realization—my memory of musical melodies was fading away.  Two years ago, I was stricken deaf at the age of 48 and external song was suddenly denied.  Then, as weeks of silence became months, I began to forget the sound of sound.  Within a year, I could rarely play a tune in my head anymore. Sadly, all music—external and internal—were effectively gone.

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Third Grade Kids are Deaf Defying!

Third Grade Class Visit

Last year around this time I visited a third grade classroom because the kids wanted to meet a deaf person and demonstrate their new-learned American Sign Language (ASL) skills.  The experience was remarkable. I savored the story as one of my first posts on this-here web site. And guess what?  I was invited back again this year!

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Fifty Years that Can’t Be Ignored

I’m 50 years old. The milestone came and went this week without fanfare.

Here’s how:

It’s 6:33 AM on my 50th Birthday. The rain is steady. The world is soaked. I think about the kids: Hope they don’t get drenched. Do teenage girls even use umbrellas?  Musings of a clueless Dad. Why, at the crack of dawn on my birthday, do I suddenly miss my girls?  Instead, I should count my blessings: Two terrific daughters with a great Mom in a warm and loving home.  They don’t live far. Gratitude trumps absence, and I smile. No worries, I’ll see them tonight.

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