It was just last fall that our youngest left for college, and with that, my husband and I were officially crowned “empty-nesters.”

Now that some months have passed, I think I’ve got a feel for some of the upsides and downsides of this new lifestyle.

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reconcile

Four years ago, right before the election, I wrote a blog post entitled, On the Precipice: Trump, Clinton and the Election of 2016. When I wrote it, my hands were shaking with nervous anticipation. I was not someone who believed Clinton had it in the bag. I had driven enough around my own state of…

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But when left unsupervised in our mind, beliefs can quickly turn into jealous friends who don’t allow you to entertain any new ones. They can force us into reactionary relationships with others who hold differing beliefs. They can slowly morph us from curious, imaginative souls into programmed automatons who rarely think, respond, or listen, but rather recite, recycle, and repeat.

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