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May 15, 2011

"The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work." ~Mike Rowe

On the Blog

By Parker J. Palmer September 23, 2015

Summer's passing and earth's decay can elicit a deepening melancholy for some. A pondering on the "paradoxical dance" of darkness and light and giving oneself over to its endless interplay — with lyrical assists from Rainier Marie Rilke and Thomas Merton.

By Dave Joseph September 22, 2015

Atoning for one's shortcomings can be a challenge, especially as a child. A conflict mediator tells his story of moving from feelings of self-castigation to an opportunity for healing confession on this solemn Day of Atonement.

By Trent Gilliss September 22, 2015

From allowing ourselves to move on from the ephemeral to refreshing our relationships with our loved ones, colleagues, and ourselves, writings on embracing change and allowing ourselves to grow.

By Mohammed Fairouz September 21, 2015

Two sacred celebrations coincide this year. Through the ancient story of Joseph, Mohammed Fairouz reimagines a world bound together in a common family and a common future.

By Annie Parsons September 21, 2015

As the days grow shorter and the sun sinks lower, for some the internal darkness can become all too real. An Austin-based singer-songwriter shares a song of hope only gained from struggle.

By Sharon Salzberg September 21, 2015

Sometimes we lose sight of the the beauty and connectedness of all things. Missing her shot of a Santa Fe rainbow, Sharon Salzberg invites us to find the beauty of paradox and the changing role of presence and impermanence in all things.

By Lenna Liu September 20, 2015

A physician takes refuge in the wavelike nature of the inbreath and outbreath, and the soft beauty of a newborn child.

By Rumni Saha September 19, 2015

One woman's journey to a L'Arche community in Kolkata inspires these portraits of caregiving and tenderness in spite of extreme hardship and poverty.

By Courtney E. Martin September 18, 2015

Studies show that increasingly fewer people are friends with our colleagues at work. Longing for more authentic work lives, a new wave of workers are shedding their corporate personas, turning to freelance work, and curating their own working communities in refreshing new ways.

By Omid Safi September 17, 2015

"We live in a state of constant scatteredness," writes Omid Safi. Through the lens of the Hajj, he turns our gaze to the true focus of the journey: to seek, to find, and to be found.

By Parker J. Palmer September 16, 2015

With the words of Rilke, an encouragement to ask life-giving questions and create new pathways.

By Talha Jalal September 15, 2015

Our digital selves are becoming an integral part of our real-life identities. A think-piece grappling with the shifting nature of how our digital world is redefining our sense of belonging and its potential to foresee the projected forms of our shared future.

By Trent Gilliss September 15, 2015

Stories of chaos and turmoil can cause us to lose hope. This week, a few heartening encouragements to help us find the light in the face of despair and appreciate the true worth of those who are undervalued.

By Annie Parsons September 14, 2015

Our new series features songs we find beautiful, striking, and wholehearted. Based on our podcast with John O'Donohue, singer-songwriter Emily Kate Boyd penned a gorgeous song worthy of sharing.

By Sharon Salzberg September 14, 2015

As life fleets by, we can get caught up in worrying about what may eventually happen. Through a story of receiving her first senior discount, Sharon Salzberg teaches us to exercise our "letting-go muscle" to be with what is.

By Esther Cohen September 13, 2015

For the Jewish High Holy Days, two poems by Esther Cohen paired with photography from Matthew Septimus. They offer words that sound like music, and postcards that become visual prayers and emblems of hope.

By Tilon Sagulu September 13, 2015

Wanderlust, the thrill of travel, is a natural instinct. So, too, is it natural to want to preserve our experiences — to look back with nostalgia and share them with others. A Malaysian Dusun graduate student reflects on the power of "unglossed" moments and looking up to see the true richness of a world ripe with beauty. Plus, poetry from Adrienne Rich and Walt Whitman!

By Jennifer Gubitz September 12, 2015

Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish year, is an occasion of hope and renewal. On the eve of this holy holiday, a soul-searching reflection through the metaphor of writing letters — to others, to God, and to oneself.

By Omid Safi September 12, 2015

The image of a small boy's body washed onto the beach awakened the world to the largest refugee crisis in decades. Omid Safi shares his heartbreak, reminding us that love and compassion must lead toward action and must reach across geographical boundaries and borders of faith.

By Patrick Henry September 11, 2015

“Benedictine spirituality and Zen Buddhism became the two lungs through which I breathe.” The Belgian author Bieke Vandekerckhove passed away this week. Patrick Henry honors her life by shining a light on The Taste of Silence, her recently translated book on genuine faith — and honest doubt — of a "spiritual giant."

By Courtney E. Martin September 11, 2015

Success so often is identified by how children transcend their parents' class and collar. Rather than continuing this cultural narrative, could the future of work in America be more than just pulling up our bootstraps and climbing the ladder?

By Lily Percy September 10, 2015

For World Suicide Prevention Day, a story of a son's loss of his father by suicide. The writer Eric Marcus talks about family silence, learning to share his story, and discovering compassion for his father and healing for himself.

By Parker J. Palmer September 09, 2015

The politics of rage so often focuses us on lack of action and despair. But, the broken heart is an important political and personal reality, one that can liberate the mind if exercised properly.

By Trent Gilliss September 08, 2015

We're officially back into the full swing of production! Amidst the flurry of exciting work, we're grateful for the chance to reflect on the centering power of daily ritual, facing mortality with hope, and defining our lives by the quality of our actions.

By Marie Sambilay September 08, 2015

For the producers here at Loring Park, it's important to perform every aspect of our work with deliberate thoughtfulness. Here, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at all that's involved in a seemingly small task: selecting a photo to represent the week's episode.