The On Being Project

The Benefits of Sending Your Privileged Child to an “Underperforming” School

by Courtney E. Martin

Economically privileged parents may think of school as a pipeline to success, but they can be so much more. How underperforming schools can offer a type of education that money could never buy.

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The Benefits of Sending Your Privileged Child to an “Underperforming” School
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What To Do When You’re Paralyzed by Overwhelm

by Sharon Salzberg

It can be difficult to discern between sloth and the need for rest. Removing the judgment that can come with experiencing sloth can help us move toward a life that brings us energy.

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What To Do When You’re Paralyzed by Overwhelm

Look Well to the Growing Edge

by Parker J. Palmer

To see life steadily and see it whole, we must find ways to hold the paradox of life-in-death and death-in-life.

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Look Well to the Growing Edge

Celebrating Eid in Our Fractured World

by Maliha Balala

Retreating from the heaviness we’ve been carrying as a country, Maliha Balala returned to the simple joys of celebration and community — and found the ways that a shared common life is still possible.

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Celebrating Eid in Our Fractured World

Reading Is an Exercise in Empathy

by Tajja Isen

Tajja Isen on how A Wrinkle in Time opened a world of belonging to her, even before Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation cast characters who looked like her.

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Reading Is an Exercise in Empathy

Being Present to Fatherhood, at the End of Fathering

by Ben Katt

A conversation among a group of fathers opens up space for Ben Katt to reflect on what his vasectomy has meant for him — and mark the ceremonial transition, as one era of fatherhood ends and another begins.

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Being Present to Fatherhood, at the End of Fathering

How We Nourished Each Other When the Fridge Was Empty

by Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang shares a memory of the days when her family was new to America, and the ways they found sustenance from the unfamiliar lands around them.

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How We Nourished Each Other When the Fridge Was Empty

A Slow and Steady Surrender

by Kaitlin Curtice

The rocks and rivers speak the story of our healing and the renewal of our lost wonder — if only we learn to listen.

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A Slow and Steady Surrender

Beneath the Mask of Toughness: What I Lost on the Wrestling Mat

by Michael Copperman

“For a long time, I thought wrestling had changed me. Yet wrestling did not erase my fear — it only made my body stronger, more the equal of my heart.” A former wrestler reflects on the strength the sport was able to give him — and the courage he discovered he had carried inside all along.

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Beneath the Mask of Toughness: What I Lost on the Wrestling Mat

All My Life, I’ve Imagined Myself in Paintings

by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

From a young age, writer Anya Jaremko-Greenwold imagined herself inside paintings: “It didn’t so much matter whether the artist had invited any visitors — if no human figures stalked the work, so much the better. I’d have the place to myself.” On art appreciation as a worldview and an inheritance — in all of its beauty and consequence.

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All My Life, I’ve Imagined Myself in Paintings

The Problem with Simplicity

by Miguel Clark Mallet

As a culture, we celebrate simplicity and its convenience. But the truth is always more complex, embedded in larger systems and worlds. Miguel Clark Mallet on the possibilities that open up when we accept the value of complexity.

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The Problem with Simplicity
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