On the Blog

By Yahia Lababidi September 16, 2014

Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.

By Trent Gilliss September 16, 2014

What you might've missed: a simple video, a helpful list, a timely perspective, and a meditative essay on people and place.

By Marianne Griebler September 14, 2014

The recollection of the loss of an elm tree strengthens one woman's resolve to find a renewed sense of hope for the urban planting of America.

By Mariah Helgeson September 11, 2014

A behind-the-scenes narrative of how the music in our podcasts find its way serendipitously into our production process — all by way of hip hop aficionado Imani Perry. Lauryn Hill comes through in a pinch.

By Imani Perry September 11, 2014

A powerful essay on the responsibility of raising black sons in America. Against the forces of injustice and the brutal truth of racial inequality, a scholar and a mother finds hope in community and the knowledge that "together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth."

By Parker J. Palmer September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

By Courtney E. Martin September 10, 2014

The video of Ray Rice hitting Janay Rice has prompted all sorts of responses. Rather than resorting to humiliation and social isolation, how do we deal with generational legacies of violence when it confronts us in the news cycle? A call to see the pain before us, and create consequences and opportunities for cultural transformation — not public shaming.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Join us for an evening of music and conversation with musician Carrie Newcomer. Watch a live video stream of the conversation, followed by a short musical set by the singer-songwriter.

By Ron Beathard September 09, 2014

In this meditation on a quiet town, the everyday rhythms take many forms. In the ordinary the sacred resides.

By Omid Safi September 08, 2014

Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!

By Trent Gilliss September 07, 2014

When an Icelandic singing group reprises an 800-year-old Scandinavian hymn, a German train station is transformed — and so are all who watch and listen.

By Courtney E. Martin September 05, 2014

How do we process all the heartbreaking news, be informed citizens, and not become detached? Is being uninformed a moral decision? One way is for media and consumers to demand headlines that reflect the fullness of the world — including the fortifying solutions happening too.

By Trent Gilliss September 04, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

By Parker J. Palmer September 03, 2014

How does one have a more supple heart that's read to hold life's suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.

By Trent Gilliss August 31, 2014

A sneak preview of Krista Tippett's scintillating conversation with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

By Courtney E. Martin August 29, 2014

Our weekly columnist sends up a white flag to the insurance company, but in the end draws something more precious than money: her time and attention.

By Trent Gilliss August 27, 2014

Advice on living... from saying no to say yes and the lost skills of the cowboy code.

By Parker J. Palmer August 27, 2014

As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer "soft eyes" of compassion to our children.

By Andrew Robinson August 26, 2014

Tagore took up painting late in life, in his 60s. But his prodigious aptitude produced nearly 2500 paintings and drawings in a span of just 15 years. In this essay, our guest scholar introduces Tagore's technique and his place within the art world — featuring a curated collection of Tagore's most evocative paintings.

By Eric Nelson August 24, 2014

What if an app could track your spiritual health as well as your physical health? A religion reporter wonders what interventions might remind us to pause, pay attention, and shift perspective.

By Courtney E. Martin August 22, 2014

When you do too much and say "yes" to too many requests, what happens? Some advice on why it's vital to decline in order to accept the invitations that matter most.

By Sharon Browning August 21, 2014

Courtney Martin's column on reckoning inspired this unexpected campaign on telling our own stories of privilege.

By Trent Gilliss August 20, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a powerful conversation on suicide and the choice to stay, a healing poem on solidarity and depression, a call to face our ghosts and show courage in the wake of Ferguson, and a moment of unexpected joy.

By Parker J. Palmer August 19, 2014

Whether you're inwardly or outwardly lost, there's an alternative to panicking. Advice on how to find where you are with a David Wagoner poem.

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