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Passover Seder: Understanding the Experiences of Life

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Passover Seder: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Preceding sundown on Nissan 14, which fell on April 14th this year (2014), is a lot of preparation for the Passover Seder. Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that sometimes there is a HUGE amount of work before sitting down to enjoy a lengthy meal that tells the story (Haggadah, in Hebrew) of the exodus from Egypt. This year was no exception for the work involved, but what made it different is that I served the meal only for my daughter, Amy Van Mechelen, and myself, and it was completely vegan–oh, except for the boiled egg–because we include eggs in our diet regularly. Passover Seder (Order of Service) 1. Lighting the candles signals the beginning of the Passover Seder, traditionally performed by the woman of the household, followed...

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Abundant Supply: Understanding the Experiences of Life

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Abundant Supply: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Do you see the universe as having more than an abundant supply? When you look at the world, what do you see? This might seem like a trite question; you can respond that you see trees, lakes, forests, etc., but I am not referring to physicality. We see the world around us through the concepts and ideas in our head. Understanding the experiences of life during my childhood has caused me to wonder why there was always a race to get to the last piece of cake, the last piece of candy, the last piece of chicken, or whatever was the most delicious remaining substance. Raising my children, this was the same, even though I repeatedly told them I could make more, I could go buy the ingredients and make the same dish–they still raced to finish the most delicious recent...

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Planned Obsolescence: Understanding the Experiences of Life

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Planned Obsolescence: Understanding the Experiences of Life

“Planned obsolescence” my friend said to me in our conversation regarding the brand new vehicle he is driving. Catching my imagination with his turn of a phrase, and understanding the experiences of life are there for my benefit, I began to mull over this idea.  Obsolescence is the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order. This describes the vehicle I drive, a 1984 El Camino, which I am very fond of and desire to renovate. Planned obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. Planned...

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs

Why is it so important that Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs specifically be the ones bringing chiropractic care to the Maasai, making it a household name in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya? Understanding the experiences of life has taught me that everything happens for a reason; you attract who you are not what you want. Finding truth in the work that his parents were doing in Kenya, Dr. Warren Bruhl realized that his mother had found The Hole in the Gospel referred to in the book of the same name, written by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, motivating him to join forces with the work Ken and Sandy Taylor were doing. Lack of resources, appropriate personnel, limited resources for medications, substandard income, and lack of domestic support...

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Gear4Goals: Understanding the Experiences of Life

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Gear4Goals: Understanding the Experiences of Life

What is it about sports that makes it the great equalizer? Why are people so fanatic about sports? Why would a doctor like Dr. Jeff Kahrs travel to Kenya, Africa, with sports equipment for children who lack even the basic essentials such as food and water? Being devoted to my son, but not to sports, understanding the experiences of life has taught me that there is a place for being enthusiastic about athletics. My son, Isaac, made up for the lack of my family’s involvement in sports by participating in:    basketball baseball football ice hockey roller blade hockey Watching him play with his peers, especially ice hockey, never ceased to inspire me. Overcoming ADHD in his youth, sports helped A LOT in equalizing his life to: motivate him to...

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Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

»Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in understanding the experiences of life | 2 comments

Meeting Dr. Jeff Kahrs: Understanding the Experiences of Life

Feeling the need to return to chiropractic care, I called the office of Dr. Dean Simmons, whom I had known for over twenty years. Understanding that Dr. Dean would not be doing the initial interview, but I could continue receiving care from him afterwards, I met Dr. Jeff Kahrs for the first time. I found him to be personable, attentive, and reflective regarding his work, his life, and his role in the universe. Mentioning that he was traveling to Kenya in December 2013 set off sparks of excitement between us and exclamations on my part; I had traveled to Kenya in October 2012, and again in January/February 2013. Moving from the energy level of, “just another doctor’s visit” to “OMG! YOU ARE GOING TO KENYA!?!” created quite a stir in the office with...

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