Susan Leem

Susan Leem

February 05, 2013

A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.

January 09, 2013

The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.

November 21, 2012

Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?

November 01, 2012

What are your favorite saints?

October 26, 2012

Folks continue to gift us with picturesque images of their physical sanctuaries and healing spaces. The common themes? Home and nature.

October 25, 2012

Are the candidates failing to make room in public discussion for morality and values among weighty political issues?

October 18, 2012

During the first two presidential debates, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has come up very little. But, as Joanna Brooks says, many Mormons continue to "white-knuckle" through this campaign season.

October 04, 2012

What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.

September 05, 2012

Read highlights of Krista's interview with Alain de Botton, and experience his philosophy in Twitter-form.

August 15, 2012

When Hanan Harchol's character tells his parents that he's breaking up with his girlfriend, they say that real love is not about focusing on your own needs. Do they have a point?

July 27, 2012

A little-known fact: the Olympic Creed was inspired by a bishop's sermon at St. Paul's Cathedral during the 1908 Games in London. We paired this with a photo that captures the spirit of this creed.

July 18, 2012

A photo essay capturing the festivities of Pioneer Day in Utah, an occasion when Mormons celebrate their ancestors' journeys with reenactments of the Mormon pioneers difficult trek, flowing parades, family barbeques, and late-night fireworks.

June 18, 2012

Some beautiful photos of Pagans and others celebrating summer solstice around the world. Who wants to jump the fire with us?

June 06, 2012

The pioneering oceanographer and explorer describes walking on the ocean floor under a quarter-mile of water where light can scarcely reach.

May 31, 2012

Janna Levin launches a new film about Alan Turing at the World Science Festival.

May 31, 2012

Researchers are finding that students who show signs of depression clearly have different patterns of Internet use.

May 09, 2012

Is there a limit to this thing that so many artists chase?

March 30, 2012

In this animated video, Hanan Harchol explores a Jewish folktale as a source of reflection on the connection between happiness and gratitude.

March 20, 2012

Kurdish girlModernity meets history. A Kurdish girl in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq wears traditional clothes while peeking out from a sunroof. (photo: Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

On this first day of spring, Persian families around the world are greeting each other with Sal-e No Mobarak!” and “Happy New Year!” in celebration of the holiday of Nowruz, a day of beginnings. Translated as “new day,” the solar-based holiday marks the first day of the first year of the Bahá’í calendar and the falls on the vernal equinox.

March 19, 2012

Charles Dickens says a human response that shames us can also change our hearts.

March 19, 2012

Kevin KlingKevin Kling is “part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man.” And, we here at On Being were delighted to have the playwright and storyteller in our studios to share his life lessons and experiences with us.

On February 9, we live-tweeted highlights of his  interview with Krista Tippett and have aggregated them below for those who weren’t able to follow along. Follow us next time at @BeingTweets.

For those not familiar with Kevin Kling, he is a prolific writer, performer, and a nationally recognized artist.  He may be best known for his storytelling and commentaries at National Public Radio. With humanity and wit, Kling describes life growing up in the Midwest with his congenital birth defect, and how he’s been changed after surviving a near-fatal motorcycle accident.

March 02, 2012

There are times in our worst hour when we discover that what will save us is just the thing we’ve been doing our whole lives.

Check out this story from The Moth by string theorist Jim Gates who had one such epiphany, hearing an unembodied voice telling him to make his own trail while alone on a mountaintop in Iceland, clinging to his mortality.

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