Take Two #139: The Bridge Maker Parable

By Kyra-lin Hom

Once upon a time there was an isolated village high in the mountains and surrounded by steep canyons on all sides. Sure, their existence might have seemed lonely to us outsiders, but the villagers didn't know any better. They had everything they could need and, though their existence was a simple one, they were content with their seclusion.

Then one day, a mysterious benefactor appeared on the other side of the canyon and built a small rope bridge. The canyon was very wide and building the bridge was very difficult, but eventually the finished bridge stretched all the way from one side of the canyon to the other. It was thin and a little shaky and could only support one person at a time, but a bridge it was. Word spread quickly and soon villagers were lining up for hours just to explore the strange wilderness on the other side. For a small fee, of course.

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Take Two #138: The Pains of Slouching

By Kyra-lin Hom

According to the National Institute of Health, Americans spend more than $50 billion a year on treating or relieving lower back pain. In fact, as far as neurological (having to do with the nervous system) health goes, only headaches are more common.

Young, old, athletic or sedentary – it seems that any and everyone are susceptible.

Not too long ago, I myself over-exercised my way into one herniation and one bulging disc (stacked one on top of the other). After extended rest only exacerbated the problem, I ended up having surgery on the herniation. That was a blinding success, but I do still have that minor bulging snag that flares up every once in a while with a nice little cold and numb howdy-do.

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Competition or Cooperation

By Georgie Bright Kunkel

The world has always been thus, as they say. Yin and Yang, good and bad, you name it. We are constantly torn between two opposing forces in life. Religion rose to temper the forces of evil. At the same time that the teachings of Jesus included turning the other cheek, the Crusaders battled across Europe wiping out everyone in their path. Their mission was to restore Christian control. Let us not forget Genghis Khan who built an empire that had not been equaled. When I am discouraged about women not ever having been given equality under our constitution I say to myself, “Well, at least we aren’t living in the time when violence ruled throughout the world.” There was always a time that was worse than the time we are now living in.

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