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By Courtney E. Martin April 17, 2015

A daughter's embarrassment of her mother's alternative approaches to healing turns into a letter of admiration and an apology.

By Omid Safi April 16, 2015

American optimism is often lauded as a virtue in today's world. Omid Safi offers an alternative: hope.

By Howard Richard Debs April 15, 2015

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.

By Parker J. Palmer April 15, 2015

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.

By Trent Gilliss April 13, 2015

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.

By Sharon Salzberg April 12, 2015

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.

By Esther Cohen April 10, 2015

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.

By Courtney E. Martin April 10, 2015

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.

By Esther Cohen April 09, 2015

Some days you remember forever and ever. A picture and a poem to celebrate Haggadah possibilities during Passover.

By Omid Safi April 09, 2015

Omid Safi steps forward with this lyrical reflection on wounds and healing, cracking more whole, and being the person we want to become.

By Esther Cohen April 08, 2015

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.

By Parker J. Palmer April 08, 2015

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.

By Esther Cohen April 07, 2015

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.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2015

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.

By Esther Cohen April 06, 2015

Holidays like Passover create occasions for encounter, however strange they may be. And those encounters may lead to friendships that create new possibilities.

By Joan White April 06, 2015

A practicing Zen Buddhist pens an ode to the late poet Galway Kinnell by drawing on tradition and the art of the back-handed compliment.

By Esther Cohen April 05, 2015

For this third day of Passover, Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen celebrate the many possibilities with a poem and a picture.

By Sharon Salzberg April 05, 2015

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.

By Esther Cohen April 04, 2015

What if we overcame our tribal impulses and told stories that grew our imagination as a people?

By Esther Cohen April 03, 2015

Passover is a holiday with thousands and thousands of Haggadah possibilities. A poet and a photographer celebrate, each year, with a poem, and a picture.

By Courtney E. Martin April 03, 2015

Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.

By Omid Safi April 02, 2015

Who you're going to be and what you're going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.

By Parker J. Palmer April 01, 2015

We are born baffled. Acknowledging this can be key to becoming a writer or a person who seeks to understand the world around you better. Parker Palmer muses on a writing life and distills his experience into three principles of living deeply and richly within this world.

By Jane Reed March 31, 2015

Though we are taught to forgive from childhood, it is not always so easy to do. A daughter reflects on the burden of her father's perfectionism, the freedom of forgiveness, and the gifts of imperfection.

By Trent Gilliss March 30, 2015

Morsels to savor — all in one digest — on wonder and beauty, brokenness and healing, musicals and parenting. Get caught up in a few minutes!

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