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Advanced Disconnection

Advanced Disconnection

The advancement of technology has revolutionized the way we live. We have access to untold amounts of information at our fingertips, the ability to get to know people thousands of miles away, and instant shopping with next-day delivery.  In comparison to the days of...

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Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

“Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in;...

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It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

A long career in social work gave Cecelia Rich a firsthand perspective on the many issues her community was facing: homelessness, food insecurity, opioid addiction, and disconnection, just to name a few. Realizing that nourishing food is a need that connects us all,...

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Conscious Feeling

Conscious Feeling

About a year ago I had surgery. I was fortunate to have a wonderful team that, even all this time later, I still recall with tremendous gratitude. Under their skillful care, the difficulties I faced for some time were healed.  Lately, I’ve been thinking in particular...

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The Place Where We Are Kind

The Place Where We Are Kind

This week, I am drawing inspiration from the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. In particular, his poignant piece “From The Place Where We Are Right.”  From the place where we are rightFlowers will never growIn the spring. The place where we are rightIs hard and...

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Greatness and Perfection

Greatness and Perfection

“You are not ready for independence. If we were to grant it, you would make so many mistakes.” This is the response Mahatma Gandhi received from the ruling British as he petitioned and advocated for the freedom of India.  With deep thought and gravity, Gandhi...

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Planting Seeds or Stones?

Planting Seeds or Stones?

Lately I have found inspiration in the writings of the Polish-born American Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Heschel’s own life was a testament to the power of the human spirit. His father died when he was just a child, and many more of his family members were murdered...

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What Philanthropy Can Learn From Afghanistan

What Philanthropy Can Learn From Afghanistan

Recently, I read the report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction titled “What We Need to learn: Lessons from 20 Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction.”  I wanted to understand how the investment of two decades and $145 billion in...

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Pigs & Kids: Allie Gadziemski

Pigs & Kids: Allie Gadziemski

Allie Gadziemski is a homeschool mother of four sons, all of whom are vegan and passionate about introducing others to a compassionate lifestyle. Realizing the influence children can have on their families and friends, Allie wanted to create a special day camp...

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Heart Like a Mirror

Heart Like a Mirror

"The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form."  -Shinto proverb Most of the world’s great faith traditions teach the centrality of loving your neighbor as yourself. Iterations of the “Golden Rule” have been spoken in temples, mosques,...

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Real Friends

Real Friends

There are over 7 billion people on the planet, each born with a drive to connect. The explosion of technology means we can digitally meet new people from all over the world. Social media “friends” lists can number in the thousands, a testament to our innate interest...

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My Friend, Death

My Friend, Death

Amidst this extended season of loss and grief, my family experienced another last night. My wife’s beloved cousin left this world from cancer, leaving behind young children and a family that will deeply miss him. These moments in life, when the loss of a loved one...

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