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Artificial Intelligence Driving the Future: Hold on!


“We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that at some point in the early twenty-first century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to AI.” – Morpheus, The Matrix 1999

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Is Valparaiso a Closed Community?

IvanBodensteinerIn recent years, under the leadership of Mayor Costas, the City of Valparaiso has taken steps to improve its image and make it a more open community. More specifically, a) in 2008, following a newspaper account (see NWI Times, 09/09/07) of the experience of an African American woman, employed at the VU Law School, and her children, who attended the Valparaiso Community Schools, Mayor Costas established an advisory Human Relations Council (formalized by an Ordinance in 2011); b) in December 2014 the City Council adopted the ValpoNext report, including an initiative (3a) that addresses the need for more “affordable housing” in Valparaiso; and c) in May 2016 the City Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, familial status and disability, as well as sexual orientation and gender...

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Sherry, Cheryl & Tom: Twins & a Spouse from the Same Nursery

Sherry-Cheryl-and-Tom-Twins-and-a-Spouse-from-the-Same-Nursery-01I'm Sherry twin to Cheryl. Cheryl was twin 1, head-first, and I was twin 2, feet first. She did all the work for me to enter the world. Of course 60 years ago they didn't have the medical technology to determine multiple births. My mother delivered us naturally and is 94 years-old. Our parents were surprised when they had twins. My dad said they out grew the house. Also had another surprise when he received a parking ticket. Back in 1956, the normal stay after a delivery was five to seven days.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Becky Neulieb


Receiving a cancer diagnosis is is one of the hardest things anyone can face. The mindset that a person has can be as valuable as any treatment out there and the mindset that Becky Neulieb has is that of a warrior who is ready for the fight.

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Time is All We Have

Time-is-All-We-HaveWith age, I have sensed a shift in what is important to me. Over time, I’ve noticed that acquiring possessions has lost its luster. The pursuit of wealth has become meaningless. Moving up life’s ladder of success as defined by society no longer holds much appeal. It was a rather gradual shift that played out over several years. Then I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer this past winter. That day changed everything. Not only was my physical health, even my life in danger, but so was the future I was building for myself and my family. The mental impact of that diagnosis was far more difficult to manage than the physical implications. But as I worked through the mind game that cancer played with me, I emerged on the other side of the struggle with a much clearer view of my life, not only in the present, but the future.

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Introducing Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors of the Region


In the spirit of Good News that Ideas in Motion Media is built upon, and with the collaboration of Sam Lubeznik from McDonald’s of La Porte County, the LIFE Sites proudly introduces the new monthly feature "Survivor Series: Cancer Survivors of the Region."

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Tuesdays With Tom: Don't Quit; Fight

Tuesdays-with-Tom-Dont-QuitThings are starting to get pretty real as a runner. I am jogging in five minute increments and this Saturday I will be running (attempting to run) for one, long 20 minute stretch. To be perfectly honest, anything I do over 10 minutes would be a major score for me and I am going to give it the “old college try,” as they say.

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Charbonneau: Bipartisanship Can and Does Work


Bipartisanship can and does work in Indiana. Though the headlines don't always tell the story, there is far more bipartisan work happening on a local, regional, and state level than many are aware of. This state has a rich history of legislators working for Indiana here and in Washington, and I regularly see examples where common goals bring good minds together for excellent end results.

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Tuesdays With Tom: Peaks and Valleys

tuesdays-with-tom-09-13-16I took a “Tuesdays With Tom” off last week. Not because I didn’t run, but because last Tuesday evening, the temperature was around 90 degrees with high humidity. I had let my dog out a few times that day, and came back sweating. Afraid it could have been my last “Tuesdays With Tom,” I decided that it was going to be “Tuesdays With Treadmill.”

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Tuesdays With Tom: There Will be Wine

Tom-Tuesday-124I am three weeks into my running journey, and here are some inevitable truths I have discovered about running and life:

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Deep Cuts: Hello From the Other Side


As many of you know, some of you may not, I cut back my role at Ideas In Motion Media. Not because I stopped believing in the GOOD News mission, but for precisely the opposite reasons. I have written a few articles on this already but I will spare you the details and just say that I needed to commit more time to my health and my family.

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