A few years ago, Philadelphia chose to inaugurate its Sidewalk Behavior Ordinance (which criminalized homelessness by making it illegal to lie or sit extensively on sidewalks) on Martin Luther King Day. Define irony.
The vision of Jesus is not spread through organizational structures, but through touch, breath, shared life. It is spread through people who have discovered love.
Sasso has compiled a list of books she finds helpful in understanding spirituality and children. She also includes a series of titles for children to nurture their spirituality.
SOF producers spent a week in Alabama talking to students, clients, and teachers about the Rural Studio. They journal their own observations about the work being done, and the issues being raised and addressed.
by Samuel Mockbee
This 1998 essay by Sam Mockbee, the founder of Rural Studio, exhibits exactly why his spirit and ideas live on after his death.
by Paul Collins
The moment I opened my eyes I knew something was wrong. The sun wasn't up yet, and a cry was forming in Morgan's throat. I padded over to his bed, puzzled.
by Stephen Jay Gould
The famous scientist Stephen Jay Gould recounts a personal story about his autistic son and the charming simplicity of calculating dates.
by Tim Page
My second-grade teacher never liked me much, and one assignment I turned in annoyed her so extravagantly that the red pencil with which she scrawled "See me!" broke through the lined paper. Our class had been asked to write about a recent field trip, and, as was so often the case in those days, I had noticed the wrong things:
by Gisela Webb
What remains after the unraveling of mind, language, and knowledge in Alzheimer's was there in the beginning.
by Alan Dienstag
Few illnesses inspire the kind of dread as that caused by the prospect of Alzheimer's disease, which is understandable. For people in the early stages of the illness who are experiencing impairments but still entirely cognizant of the dissolution that lays ahead, the challenge is to construct a life in the shadow of an advancing darkness: to answer the question, "What is the point?"