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“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there lived a man whose life had descended into ruins. He…


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“If I could get back my youth, I’d do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable.” Oscar Wilde — The Picture of Dorian Gray

Growing Old. Why is it when we hear these two words, there can be an automatic association with physical decline…

Personal Development | Careers | Relationships

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“Some speak of the future,
My love she speaks softly,
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all.”

Bob Dylan — Love Minus Zero

Failure, Mistake, Error and Flaw are often grouped together and nearly always in a derogatory context. Many of us define…


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This is not a technical article.

This is an essay about people.

For over thirteen years, I have worked in the fire protection business as a senior technical consultant for a leading product manufacturer. I advise architects, engineers and contractors on how to design and construct safe buildings. …


Age 2, 1976

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,

The angels, whispering to one another,

Can find, among their burning terms of love,

None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’.

Edgar Allan Poe

I am adopted. It’s not such a big deal.

It sometimes comes up in conversation.

At the doctor…


What if I told you about a legal drug that costs nothing, makes you feel fantastic, brings the world to life, and comes with no hangover or harmful side effects?

Oh, and you are already hooked up with a lifetime supply!

I’m talking, of course, about compliments — those little…


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This weekend, for the first time in over two years, I’m doing something that has me giddy with anticipation. I’m meeting a group of friends to go running!

I’m lucky that where I live, most sports and outdoor activities are once again allowed, and the rules around social distancing have…

Niall O'Connell

Masters Athlete | Health & Wellness Advocate | Adoptee | Relentless Seeker | True Believer in the Constant Acquisition of Life Skills

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