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By Thom McKee

Have you ever tried to forget about your past? Usually, you don’t want to be reminded of something unwise or embarrassing that you did. But sometimes we don’t want to be reminded of our past because, our past seems better than our present…  Or maybe our perceived future.

Tonight on the Walkind Dead, we realize that some people in the zombie apocalypse have good memories of the not so distant past.  Most of our characters’ memories are full of pain and loss. But in the case of Ezekiel, this is just not the case.

Ezekiel used to be a zookeeper, but when the dead started walking, he became a

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By Thom McKee

Have you ever been betrayed in a way that makes it difficult for you to trust anyone?  And if you have been in a place where you don’t trust, has it been hard to take risks with other people?

If you answered yes to these questions, you aren’t alone. Nothing erodes trust like betrayal. And, when you have a hard time trusting people, it is very hard to have healthy relationships with people. It is also hard to take chances, because you always fear that betrayal will happen again

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Dan Folger as Luke – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

By Thom McKee

Why do humans spend time creating art and then sharing it with each other? There is no real practical reason for this. It doesn’t help us find shelter, food, water or any of the things that we need to survive. It also doesn’t provide any of the things that we need to continue our species. But every civilization, whether in war or in peace does this. You can find art and music in virtually every culture in every civilization in all of recorded history.

If you look at our culture, the creation of art and music are usually things we do in our spare time. But a select few individuals are paid to make or teach art. And in some cases, people are paid extremely well to make art or music

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By Thom McKee

As you look around the place where you live are there reminders of who you are?  Or maybe just as important, are there reminders of who you used to be?

If you were to walk through my house, there would be all kinds of reminders of who I am right now.

Thom McKee – Pastor.

Thom McKee – father.

Thom McKee – husband.

But if you look carefully you might see some reminders of things that I used to be, but are not at all anymore

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by Thom McKee

What will happen to the world when I am gone?

I know that it sounds like a pretty self-centered question, but I am willing to bet that most of you have asked this question too. Is my contribution to the world going to be missed when I die? Is there anything that I do that is essential to keep the world running?

In my case, I know that my family will really miss me. I have two pretty young children, and if I were to die tomorrow it would be pretty horrible for them. I also know that my wife would seriously miss me, and I know that it would be pretty hard for her.

But the reality is that I know that when I do die, the world is going to be just fine

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Rick-Negan-TWDby Thom McKee Jr

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

This inspirational statement by Helen Keller could not be more apropos to this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Come to think about it, this quote could sum up one of my favorite things about this entire show. TWD is not really about zombies; it is about the choices that people make in the midst of a world with no rules, safety or guarantees (also true about Jonathan’s book, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers). Really this show is all about character.

Tonight’s episode takes place only three days after the events of the season opener. People are clearly

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The-Walking-Dead-Glenn-Diesby Thom McKee Jr.

Is extreme violence or the threat of extreme violence actually a good way to control people? This isn’t exactly a new question – and if you look at recent history, it certainly isn’t a resolved question. Since the beginning of civilization, this has actually been a key leadership question. Does brutality work as an effective way to control the masses?

In the 1970’s, there was some interesting research done after a very public hostage crisis in Sweden where some bank robbers held hostages for six days. The fascinating part of this particular scenario was the fact that

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