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By Parker J. Palmer April 09, 2014

Parker Palmer encourages us to look with child-like imagination to better understand the world's mysteries.

By Trent Gilliss April 08, 2014

The seventh of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on respecting eccentricity.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2014

Our executive editor Trent Gilliss brings you his weekly column on articles worth reading, visuals worth seeing, music worth hearing. Including a remarkable story of curiosity and persistence, a mesmerizing rumination on Dante's Purgatorio, lessons to live by from Bertrand Russell, and some poetic twitterings with artist Dario Robleto.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2014

The sixth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on the opinions of others.

By Susan Cooke Kittredge April 06, 2014

With the recent news about the universe's origins, why are we struck dumb with awe and the nature of magnificence? A guest commentary on our deepest impulses.

By Trent Gilliss April 04, 2014

The fifth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on the authority of others.

By Trent Gilliss, By Mariah Helgeson April 04, 2014

Musing on the hidden lives and legacies of objects and how "heaven is being a memory to others," our Twitter recap of a spacious conversation between philosopher-artist Dario Robleto and Krista Tippett.

By Trent Gilliss April 03, 2014

The fourth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on overcoming opposition.

By Lily Percy April 03, 2014

A documentary about an intrepid and curious man inspires this reflection on failure, giving up too soon, and pursuing curiosity rather than success.

By Trent Gilliss April 02, 2014

The third of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on discouraging thinking.

By Parker J. Palmer April 02, 2014

Drawing on Joseph Campbell, Parker Palmer asks: where might you turn for news that is "true and worth attending to"?

By Trent Gilliss April 01, 2014

The second of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on concealing evidence.

By Trent Gilliss March 31, 2014

The first of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on certainty.

By Trent Gilliss March 31, 2014

This week inspired a lesson from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a poetic reflection on being more than doing from Parker Palmer, a precious moment that will make you smile, and a peculiar story about a lockpicker that will make you think.

By Mariah Helgeson March 28, 2014

A revered writer and a sand artist remind us the greatest adventures happen when we let go of ourselves and proceed into the unknown.

By Betty M. Bayer March 27, 2014

Has the word grace fallen out of favor? Anna Deavere Smith’s Conversations on Grace offers a way for us to think of grace as a pluralistic universe and a guide for all of us on the art of dwelling here together, in the polis.

By Parker J. Palmer March 26, 2014

In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.

By Trent Gilliss March 25, 2014

This week provided some sage words on writing from Parker Palmer, a photo essay on "thin places" that take our breath away, a marvelous TED talk from a Nigerian writer, and a picture of the cosmos that stirs our origins.

By Mariah Helgeson March 22, 2014

How can we learn to offer feedback with grace and compassion at work and at home? Brené Brown offers a rubric for offering guidance and sitting on the same side of the table.

By Mariah Helgeson March 22, 2014

We live-tweeted our interview with the founder of StoryCorps. The takeaway? Some real gems from a life spent listening to and recording others.

By Parker J. Palmer March 18, 2014

The Quaker elder offers this poetic reminder on trusting that the writing process itself will help you dig into your bafflement.

By Sarah Blanton March 17, 2014

A photo essay contemplating the Celtic concept of thin places, spaces where the veil between visible and invisible worlds are lifted — all from a quiet lake nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee.

By Trent Gilliss March 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of Pope Francis' election, James Martin explains how the pope's ministry has been shaped by his Jesuit identity — including the three degrees of humility.

By Trent Gilliss March 14, 2014

Author and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht on suicide, resilience, and community. She says, "We have secret web-like connections to each other. Sometimes when you can't see what's important about you other people can." Join the conversation here.

By Peter J. Michaels March 12, 2014

A lapsed Catholic takes heart in Pope Francis' words as he considers his role as a journalist and a media consumer.

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