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A Coincidental Conversation™ about turning codependency into independence-y

A Coincidental Conversation™ about turning codependency               into independence-y
Imagine you’re the parent of a 12-year-old girl and she comes to you one day and asks if both of you can go to therapy together. Next, imagine that two years later, she accompanies her good friend to a Twelve Step meeting to support her in recovery. Then, imagine that same girl growing up, and... Read more »

A Coincidental Conversation about Rollercoasters, Shirt Cardboards and Walt Disney with former Imagineer Jim Shull

A Coincidental Conversation about Rollercoasters, Shirt Cardboards and Walt Disney with former Imagineer Jim Shull
It’s not a coincidence that “Jim Shull” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll” almost rhyme. At least not to me. That’s because Shull, a former Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) executive creative director, designed the “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith” ride at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, among many others. And like that ride, getting the... Read more »

Happy Dependence Day!

Happy Dependence Day!
Me: “Happy Dependence Day!”You: “Wait, what? I thought it was ‘Independence’?”Me: “Well, yes, when you’re talking about the holiday commemorating the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, it is. But, what I’m talking about here is our dependence on each other. After all, humans are social creatures. We need each other, no matter how... Read more »
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A Coincidental Conversation about Mindfulness, “The Matrix” and Burning Bushes with Lou Redmond

A Coincidental Conversation about Mindfulness, “The Matrix” and Burning Bushes with Lou Redmond
I came across Lou Redmond by accident. Or coincidence, if you will, since accidents aren’t typically good things. I had decided to try a guided meditation on my  Insight Timer app one morning. (There are many ways to meditate, as many ways as there are people actually since there is no wrong way to do... Read more »

Disney and the Imagineers Bring Us to Tears

Disney and the Imagineers Bring Us to Tears
After writing an article about being brought to tears on the Flight of Passage ride at Walt Disney World and anticipating some “big boys don’t cry” feedback, I was amazed that what I got was exactly the opposite. Now, of course, admitting to crying on a ride was not easy, especially a Disney one. And,... Read more »

A Coincidental Conversation about “Jesus Christ Superstar” (and more) with Ted Neeley

A Coincidental Conversation about “Jesus Christ Superstar” (and more) with Ted Neeley
[This interview has been edited for length and clarity.] How it all began I should have known. In preparing to interview Ted Neeley about the release of SuperstarS – Extended Version, a documentary about the making of the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar, I thought about all the coincidences that had led me... Read more »
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A Coincidental Conversation about Codependency (and more) with Ross Rosenberg

Funny how things work, isn’t it? How coincidences so often are anything but? Like recently, when I came across a YouTube video by Ross Rosenberg, a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and trainer, among other roles. I was out for a run, listening to videos (yes, I know, I used to listen to Led Zeppelin while working... Read more »

Led Zeppelin and Loyola: It's time to ramble on

Led Zeppelin had it right. It’s time to ramble on.Loyola University Chicago makes a promise − “to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives.” Having taught there and graduated from there in the 80s (or, as I tell my students, “before electricity”), I have seen that promise come true again and again.And that’s why it’s so... Read more »

Disney World turned this Chicago man into a five-year-old boy

Disney World turned this Chicago man into a five-year-old boy
Disney World recently turned me into a five-year-old again. We were visiting my son in Orlando, and I was finally going to go on “Rise of the Resistance” and “Flight of Passage.” I’m not going to talk about the rides themselves, because I really do believe that everyone who wants to — should have the... Read more »
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Born at DePaul University, the band "Chicago" holds the secret to finding our “hook”

Before I wrote this guest blog for Ron Culp, Graduate Professional Program Director of Public Relations and Advertising at DePaul University, for his culpwrit.com site, I had no idea that the band Chicago was born at DePaul and holds the secret to finding our “hook.” _________________________________________________________________________ Contact me at james@jameswarda.com and learn more at jameswarda.com. Comments... Read more »