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BY Alexandra Elle January 18, 2016

Being around people can be an anxious experience, if not draining experience, for many. But, how can we manage that trepidation and move forward? Alexandra Elle reflects on having the courage to show up and interact when it feels next to impossible.

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BY Sarah Smarsh May 10, 2016

The desire to write and to read isn't always handed down, but a single encounter may be all it takes to propel one forward. Sarah Smarsh on meeting Anne Rice with her mother in a Kansas bookstore.

BY Krista Tippett May 09, 2016

Maria Popova, creator and editor of Brain Pickings, speaks of the pratfalls and promise of knowledge-sharing in the digital age.

BY Kineret Yardena May 09, 2016

After a teacher stays on in Poland after a five-day bearing witness retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau, she offers a peripatetic meditation on beauty, suffering, and our capacity to comprehend what is incomprehensible.

BY Mohammed Fairouz May 08, 2016

Our cultural treasures of music, art, and literature can bind us together. But in an era of interconnectedness, our art can also be woven together with our statecraft. Mohammed Fairouz cautions against cultural appropriation by charting the story of our universal cultural heritage, from the court of ancients to the modern day.

BY Conor McCormick Cavanagh May 07, 2016

After his childhood friend enlists in the IDF, a journalist of Lebanese heritage reflects on the journey of understanding he's traveled with someone on the "other side" of the conflict.

BY Courtney E. Martin May 06, 2016

Even with years of experience, the parenting journey is one of constant learning — about a budding life, and about oneself. Courtney Martin gives thanks for the grit and grace of new motherhood.

BY Omid Safi May 05, 2016

We mourn people whom we have never met at a personal level. But why? Our columnist pens a loving in memoriam for Fr. Daniel Berrigan, an exemplar of fierce love and radical faith, a man he never met.

BY Trent Gilliss May 04, 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 Parker J. Palmer May 04, 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 Sharon Salzberg May 03, 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 Christine Cleary May 02, 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 Krista Tippett May 02, 2016

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

BY Andrew Zolli May 02, 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 Siri Liv Myhrom May 01, 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 Adrienne Minh-Chau Le 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 Esther Cohen & 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 Courtney E. Martin 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 Omid Safi 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 Parker J. Palmer 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 Aseel Zahran 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 Trent Gilliss 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 Sarah Smarsh 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 Krista Tippett 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 Nadia Colburn April 24, 2016

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

BY Joyce Hooley 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.

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