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Police Acting Like Soldiers – No-Knock Is No Good

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A recent article in the New York Times begins with the following recount of a drug raid in a small Appalachian town: “At 2:15 on a moonless night in May 2014, 10 officers rolled up a driveway in an armored Humvee, three of them poised to leap off the running boards. They carried Colt submachine […]

The Thanksgiving Elephant in the Room!

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This Thanksgiving there will probably be a Turkey in the room- but there might also be an Elephant too. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day spent connecting with families and loved ones. But this past week has been a stressful one for our interactions. People on both side of the political spectrum are processing the results of a […]

Being Clear- Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Lying and Deception

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Lying can be a slippery slope. One deception can lead to another. It’s science. According to a recent New York Times article, “people who tell small, self-serving lies are likely to progress to bigger falsehoods, and over time, the brain appears to adapt to the dishonesty.”  At ORANS, it’s affirming to hear that science is […]

Keep Moving On

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Being centered helps you to keep moving on, even when your emotions are on overflow.  When you are stirred up, your heart races.  When your pulse goes up by a mere ten beats per minute, whether you are two years old or eighty-two, you slip out of gear because the oxygen to your brain is […]

On Glenn Beck, Empathy, and Black Lives Matter

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Glenn Beck is a prominent voice among conservative commentators. He has hosted his own talk show, created his own media source, and been on countless news programs voicing his strong conservative beliefs. Those beliefs are sometimes extreme and sometimes reflect a lack of groundedness. However, it seems as though Glenn Beck may be turning a relational […]

Baltimore Affordable Housing: Is Secrecy to Avoid Conflict a Wise Option?

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Both the Democratic and Republican parties are struggling with in-party opposition towards their candidates. These conflicts, if they escalate or are left unresolved, could cause either party to lose their unity. Refocusing on relational principles could help to mend some fractures. But that’s not politics as usual, is it? In order to explore the way in which being […]

The Risky Business of Whistleblowing

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“I can pull a patient file and say ‘Hey Dr. John Doe, the next time this patient comes in the door, you need to put this patient on this drug.   If you don’t, there’s no more Laker games, there’s no more bottles of liquor, there’s no more golf, there’s no more Dogders games […].  Essentially […]

The Death of “Just War?”: We Don’t Need No More Trouble!

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You probably haven’t noticed, but there’s a secret hidden in what’s missing from your Facebook newsfeed. While you’re probably seeing a lot of posts about terrorism, fear, death, and, it seems, general world-wide chaos, there are likely fewer posts about one of our oldest and most damaging conflict resolution strategies: war. In a Medium article […]