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The Dilemmas of Being a Benefactor
Carolyn North dreamed of removing land from the speculative market economy and putting it into the public trust in order to challenge our assumptions about "private property." A few years ago she found herself with the opportunity to follow through. However, she wanted and needed time, to plan and process. She discovered that being capable is not the same thing as being in control. Then a farm ca... posted on Nov 11 2018, 3,784 reads

 

Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship
"In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Max Ritvo was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet in remission from pediatric cancer. Studded with poems and songs, their correspondence is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and joy." What follows is an excerpt from 'Le... posted on Nov 10 2018, 3,247 reads

 

Proust On Memory and Madeleines
"But when from a long-distant past nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their ... posted on Nov 09 2018, 2,167 reads

 

The Gift of Threshold Moments
Like moments of joy, awe, or bliss, threshold moments are experiences to notice, appreciate, and treasure ". . . where sound trails off into silence, time disappears into timelessness, and the known world is engulfed by the great mystery." It is not the full moments sometimes but the empty ones that can touch us deeply and profoundly. The gaps rather than the events that give us a glimpse of great... posted on Nov 08 2018, 4,538 reads

 

Unity and the Power of Love
"Unity holds the essential vision that we are one living, interconnected ecosystem -- a living Earth that supports and nourishes all of its inhabitants. If we acknowledge and honor this simple reality, we can begin to participate in the vital work of healing our fractured and divisive world and embrace a consciousness of oneness that is our human heritage. This is the opportunity that is being off... posted on Nov 07 2018, 2,649 reads

 

Losing His Voice Led Him to Helping Others Strengthen Theirs
"There are lots of ways to lose your voice in this world." These words were spoken by Kevin Hancock, an award-winning author, public speaker, and CEO of Hancock Lumber, one of Americas oldest and most prestigious family businesses. In 2010, Kevin developed a voice disorder called spasmodic dysphonia. As his speaking voice became quiet, the voice of his soul became louder. This new voice urged... posted on Nov 06 2018, 2,720 reads

 

The Art and Discipline of Seeing Compassionately
"Prophets and sages throughout the generations have all agreed on this one point: how you see determines what you see and don't see. So if we want to heal the divisions in our country and our homes, we have to learn a new way of seeing." In this excerpt from his book "Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community", Paul Schroeder offers ins... posted on Nov 05 2018, 6,185 reads

 

The Two-Year Phone Conversation That Changed a Life
More than 20 years ago, over the course of two years, a young woman had helpful conversations with a gentleman who volunteers for the Care Corner Counselling Center in Singapore. She was at a low point in her life at this time and received support, empowerment and a sense of hope from these conversations. Twenty years later, wanting to thank this man whom she had never met for helping her to move ... posted on Nov 04 2018, 1,952 reads

 

What Are You Doing With Your Freedom?
"What are you doing with your freedom?" Tom Weidlinger stumbled across this unexpected question along with a series of other electrifying messages that had been left at the base of a tree by an anonymous artist. The timing was uncanny. Tom had only recently discovered that the woman who was responsible for financing his film-making career no longer knew who he was. With his livelihood hanging in t... posted on Nov 03 2018, 3,025 reads

 

Pablo Neruda Against the Illusion of Separateness
"There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song -- but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awarenes... posted on Nov 02 2018, 3,774 reads

 

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