Scott Marmorstein

Author & Writer

The Stirred Social Pot

The social pot has been deeply stirred and disturbed. We all have good reasons to be unhappy and upset. Thing is, you can’t live well by just raging. We can face the storm with peace and with humor and skill. The skill part is developing a space of peace and humor and yes even love in the face of tremendous hatred. Let’s remember that the stuff we are seeing now […]

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Personal Excellence

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why we strive for personal excellence. I’ve also been thinking that personal excellence is often confused with perfectionism. Because we’re a curious species, I’ve been wondering why we bother striving for personal excellence (or perfection.) Obviously there’s a mythos around personal excellence. Your religion tells you to be excellent in all your actions, deeds, and thoughts. Your philosophy likewise inspires you to it. […]

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Happy 4th! May Freedom of Speech Reign!

One of the greatest qualities of our country, America, is the right to free speech that we all have. I can write a novel, or a short story, or a blog article, and it’s not an illegal act to do so. I can say whatever I want to anyone I want…of course, there are consequences. We have the right to choose our words and our deeds, but not what happens […]

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Emotional Terrorism and the Right of Free Speech

At the end of the day, we’re all human. I think about the hippocratic oath doctors take. I think about how, in this day and age especially, they must be careful to keep all political discussion out of their wheelhouse and keep the focus on their patients and their patient’s health. They cannot be too outspoken on public social media platforms without the risk of judgment and a potential loss […]

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Connection

What don’t we have enough of in our day to day lives lately? Connection. We are hyper-connected. Internet, social media, television, radio, smart phones and watches, and even billboards that light up with info. But what’s missing? Connection. We can instantly know what our friends are doing anywhere in the world, even if they live in the house next door. So, again, what’s missing? Connection. When connection takes place at […]

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Open Heart Conversation

I was approached at the tail end of last year by a powerful woman in my community about having a conversation on The Divine, so of course I said sure! Chelsea Rose Odhner is the founder of The Common Heart Project.  When she asked if I’d be interested in talking with her about this subject I did say sure right away, but I didn’t know how it would go or what […]

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The Changes We Undergo

Change is the beating soul of our world, of our day to day lives, inextricably interwoven into the fabric of our being and consciousness. We rely on change nearly as much as we feel disgruntled, unnerved, and mistrustful of it. Our current political climate is such that change is happening at a more rapid pace, fueled by outright lies (read: alternative facts), smokescreens, gas-lighting, populist views, and skewed partisan rhetoric […]

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