Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Behind The Lull Of Sleep

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It would be hard for anyone within the financial markets not to be ecstatic with the news of the day. Yes, ladies and gentlemen the financial markets hit an all time – never before seen in human history level. Both the S&P 500™ as well as the Dow Jones Industrial Average™ broke over and above 1,600, and 15,000 respectively. The market mavens across the television screens jumped for joy however, it seems everyone else just yawned. Why? (more…)

Distant Voices, Altered Lives

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“What was I like when I was little?”

I knew the answer to the question already. After all, I had asked it plenty of times before, and the response was comfortingly consistent.

“Oh, you were a gentle baby.”

As a child, I found great reassurance knowing that even during the phase of life that infantile amnesia prevented me from remembering, I was a gentle person. I’m not sure why it was so important, but all my life I have embraced gentleness as a crucial part of my identity, and I wanted to know from my mother that I had always been sweet-natured. I wished it for myself, and for her. (more…)