On Being Blog

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 11:35

Krista finds a helpful tool in dealing with the stress of moving.

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 06:55

Does the hype belong to Rick Warren alone, or the people who write about him?

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 09:39

Pain bodies and Reinhold Niebuhr converge, here and now.

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 15:06

In this SoundSeen video not heard in the program, Jonathan Greenblatt tells Krista how his grandparents' flight from Nazi Germany informs his sense of service today — all from behind the glass.

Monday, July 28, 2008 - 16:26

If you didn’t know it, each member on our staff, including Krista, pretty much reads every piece of e-mail that’s sent to our inbox. And we receive a healthy amount of correspondence! But we’re also aware that there are many more conversations and responses to our show taking place in the greater online world, especially in blogs and social networking forums.

I thoroughly enjoy reading the increasing number of blog posts and articles about SOF, and commenting on others’ sites. Sometimes they’re simple observations or recommendations about a particular show, or entries that gave us new insights and ideas for future shows, as well as feedback on our productions. With a little link love, I thought I’d point out a few:

In her blog, Experiments in Physical Chemistry, Dawn Dennison wrote a gritty post about the power of play in her own life. She has a wonderful sense of the importance of play, and some good humor to boot:

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Monday, July 28, 2008 - 15:00

Being alive to the present moment, which Ram Dass gave us decades ago as the injunction to "Be Here Now" isn't a new idea, but it's back in a big way.

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 12:27

Our online editor retraces the long tail of this program and the unexpected path leading up to the initial broadcast.

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