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BY February 7, 2017

A writer turns away from what’s toxic on social media and chooses self-care in this cultural moment.

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BY May 4, 2016

From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what’s happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.

BY May 4, 2016

Facing fear is easier said than done. Parker Palmer on having an empathetic imagination for the inner battles we’re all fighting, especially those we can’t see.

BY May 3, 2016

One of our columnist’s most influential teachers passed away this spring. Sharon Salzberg with a reflection and an homage to “a man who completely walked the talk of his values.”

BY May 2, 2016

Nature cannot erase grief, but makes it easier to bear. A woman holds fleeting memories of familial warmth as she visits mid-coast Maine, and finds solace in the brave journey of the alewives from sea to lake and back again.

BY May 2, 2016

Beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue on beauty’s true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily lives.

BY May 2, 2016

Our capacity to understand the planet is limited by our perception. With the help of Earth-imaging satellites, Andrew Zolli charts the new vistas of our awareness and finds a renewed ability to see the world whole.

BY May 1, 2016

When a beloved celebrity dies, collective grief can be a strange, sacred place. A Minneapolitan celebrates Prince, and what his life can teach us about becoming fully and uncompromisingly ourselves.

BY April 30, 2016

The daughter of refugees pens an open letter to her mother. She reflects on the inheritance of suffering, offering this ode to the resilience of the human spirit and gratitude for the opportunity to flourish.

BY & Matthew Septimus April 28, 2016

Our lives and our liberations are bound up in each other. A photo-poem exploration of hope, freedom, and the meaning of exodus.

BY April 28, 2016

A heated political climate can bring a blaming instinct to the fore. Courtney Martin on pointing our fingers inward instead of out, and reimagining the capacity we already have to rehabilitate the American dream.

BY April 27, 2016

As social creatures, we are shaped by our unity with one another. Omid Safi on the power of connectedness to magnify the good in ourselves and in our neighbors.

BY April 27, 2016

A helpful word can be a salve, but it’s not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.

BY April 26, 2016

Though we may sometimes stumble through it, civil engagement with the other side is an enriching endeavor. A vision for safe spaces for generous conversation, in creativity, coffee shops, and the thick of life.

BY April 26, 2016

We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince’s life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.

BY April 26, 2016

What might you store in a vault meant to preserve your most cherished things for generations to come? Sarah Smarsh shines a light on the stewards preserving earth’s biodiversity from a mountainous vault in Norway.

BY April 25, 2016

Researcher and scholar Brené Brown speaks of the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength of which we are all capable.

BY April 24, 2016

Two poems for those who seek to infuse daily life with thoughtful prayer and attention.

BY April 24, 2016

The rigors of medical school and practice weigh heavily on the inner lives of doctors. A pediatric doctor chronicles her journey with medicine and the challenge of compassion fatigue.

BY April 23, 2016

The importance of religion to Americans is trending downward. Meanwhile, more people are saying they experience a deep sense of wonder and awe about the universe. A secular Jew on the importance of the Passover, ritual of Seder, and the paradise of kinship.

BY April 22, 2016

From John Muir and Wendell Berry to Henry David Thoreau, a celebration of the earth through a granddaughter’s memory and the writers who love it — paired with gorgeous aerial photography.

BY April 22, 2016

More and more fathers-to-be are expressing hopes to have daughters. Courtney Martin explores the well-intentioned feminism behind this desire, and finds that focusing on masculinity might be even more radical.

BY April 21, 2016

Our corrective actions can have radiating effects, placing a burden on those who don’t deserve it. A moving revelation of the extended trauma of mass incarceration — farther reaching than we might imagine.

BY April 21, 2016

North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” has created quite a stir, a political and cultural imbroglio. Omid Safi on the need to stand up and not remain silent, no matter what action you might take.

BY April 20, 2016

Being part of the human race means embracing the fullness of people’s behaviors. Parker Palmer on the demanding path toward wholeness with Rumi, Merton, and other mystics as his escorts.

BY April 19, 2016

The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week’s letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.

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