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Growing up with firearms provided life-long lessons on responsibility and discipline for many families. A man born and raised in a Southern hunting family reckons with the heritage of guns in his life and our our deeply held tendencies to trust in violence.
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Earth Day has come and gone. And yet, the same hopes and fears remain. A collection of interviews and vignettes on silence, listening to the world, reimagining environmentalism, and more to carry your ears and sustain you.
This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. An Armenian-American woman contemplates the periphery of pain, the legacy of silence and suffering — inviting the Armenian diaspora and "the world to listen with us."
While eavesdropping, our columnist witnesses the intimacy of two strangers generously listening to one another — without an intent to save, fix, or advise. A lesson in witnessing over chicken wings.
How do we sit with suffering? A lyrical pondering on how things fall apart — and worlds open anew.
Take a break from all of the talk about the planet on this Earth Day and spend a few moments listening to it.
We all have one of those transcendent moments when we're immersed in nature and experience the immensity of it all. On this Earth Day, Parker Palmer shares one of those times while camping in the Grand Canyon.
From our gatherings in Louisville to the ekphrastic poetry for Yom HaShoah, a wealth of reading and exploring this week.
A meditative petition to sit in stillness, to choose trust over doubt and forgiveness over stubbornness when the difficulties in life take hold.
Generosity is the tissue that connects us to ourselves, to others, and to life itself. And it’s a practice — one that has meaningful benefits to our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships with others.
A daughter's embarrassment of her mother's alternative approaches to healing turns into a letter of admiration and an apology.
American optimism is often lauded as a virtue in today's world. Omid Safi offers an alternative: hope.
Can there be and should there be Holocaust poetry? A poet investigates the need for memory and retelling through a series of ekphrastic poems for Yom HaShoah.
Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering. But how do we turn the power of suffering toward new life? It depends on our willingness to exercise our hearts so that when suffering strikes, they are suppler and more able to break open to new life.
We celebrate National Poetry Month, welcome our new columnist Sharon Salzberg, and imbibe the magic of k.d. lang's version of "Hallelujah" in this week's thread of good reads.
To constantly grow and serve and change, Sharon Salzberg says, we must be resilient with ourselves and the effort that it takes to care for oneself and the others in our lives.
The opportunity to hear and tell stories, holidays or not, is one of the great pleasures and lucky miracles of life. A picture and a short poem for the final day of Passover.
The term "scale" is the buzzword in social entrepreneurship circles. But, as Courtney Martin Often shows us, changing the world is about changing systems and helping others one person at a time.
Some days you remember forever and ever. A picture and a poem to celebrate Haggadah possibilities during Passover.
Omid Safi steps forward with this lyrical reflection on wounds and healing, cracking more whole, and being the person we want to become.
A rabbi once said that life consists of 72 stories. As we yearn to find ways to be together in this world, we're reminded that it’s always in the telling.
We all want to be of service, to be needed and of use to others and to ourselves. Parker Palmer tells the playful story of a neighbor who takes this to an extreme.
What do we mean when we use the word freedom? Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen celebrate the many Haggadah possibilities with a poem and a picture.
Points of beauty and perspective to mark the holy week, including a stirring rendition of Blake's "Jerusalem," a favorite essay on the woman at the heart of Easter Sunday, musings on yoga spirituality for atheists, the opposite of shame, the need for gentleness, the insights of dependence, and the adventure of being born baffled.
Holidays like Passover create occasions for encounter, however strange they may be. And those encounters may lead to friendships that create new possibilities.