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BY August 14, 2017

A reflection acknowledging that the injustice of suffering can’t be wrapped up in a neat bow of closure. Instead, we the author looks to her culture’s understanding of ancestry — in the responsibility we have to the loved ones we’ve lost.

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BY June 13, 2017

A poem to honor the commonalities that run deeper than our cultural divides — from the San Francisco of the Beat Generation to a modest dive on the Jersey Shore.

BY June 12, 2017

The meditative ritual of bread-making becomes a respite from the frenzy and passivity of online life. A vision for an America in which all our experiences are folded together and baked in — and a recipe for homemade bread.

BY June 10, 2017

The questions of who matters and what’s really important run through each entry in this week’s edition of Letter from Loring Park.

BY June 8, 2017

In the shadow of tremendous loss, a message about the gifts we are to each other, the raw truth of who we are, and what really matters.

BY June 7, 2017

After a medical condition changed the way he observes Ramadan, Omid reflects on what he misses about the embodied experience of the fast — and the inner, spiritual fast he takes on now to live out the holy season.

BY June 6, 2017

The poet’s grounded counsel on living a life of generosity and integrity — and a touch of healthy rebelliousness.

BY June 5, 2017

Hannah Arendt’s experience as a refugee during the Nazi regime, and the powerful lessons it has for our time.

BY June 3, 2017

Omid on recognizing that the path we’re on is the right one; Courtney with mental trickery to uncover our creative confidence; and Turkish-American poet Adnan Onart on finding the kinship of faith during Ramadan — in a Dunkin Donuts.

BY June 2, 2017

Acknowledging the limits of our own experience, and the spiritual challenge of building deep relationships with those outside our cultural comfort zones.

BY June 2, 2017

The moral authority of frail bodies. Vulnerability as strength. How solidarity can lead to resurrection.

BY June 1, 2017

Sometimes we need to trick our hearts to make great art — and do the things that most scare us.

BY May 31, 2017

After a meditative walk through a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan, a reflection on recognizing the paths we’re on as a spiritual destination.

BY May 31, 2017

Love and gratitude can be daring, disruptive acts in a world that insists on conflict and endless craving.

BY May 30, 2017

To live fully and well, we need diversity — in nature and in our lives together.

BY May 27, 2017

Reflections on the gravity of our words, online and off; taking a stand for our own well being; and the debut of Gen Z — summoning a new generation into the working world.

BY May 25, 2017

A reflection on the emotional drain of civil conversation, and how we can reframe our thinking to see the best in each other — even those we deeply disagree with.

BY May 24, 2017

Challenging the notion of the “Muslim world,” what dedication to peace looks like, and the weight words — and actions — carry.

BY May 24, 2017

Beneath the backyard cookouts and parades lingers a quiet and often unnoticed grief. A military counselor on the true heart of Memorial Day: bearing witness to veterans’ stories to bring them fully home.

BY May 24, 2017

Inspired by the quiet eloquence of Hafez and Naomi Shihab Nye, Parker puts forth an appeal for the deliberate, loving care that public life requires of us in these times.

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BY May 23, 2017

There’s no such thing as finding belonging too late. In mid-life, a writer delves into the stories and traditions of her Jewish heritage, and discovers a sense of kinship more extensive and profound than any she’d experienced before.

BY May 20, 2017

Listeners challenge all of us to grow after listening to our interview with Glenn Beck. A writer contemplates her preoccupation with death after he mother’s passing. How men can live longer if they nurture deep friendships. And how humor helps us survive — a preview of the new season of our Creating Our Own Lives podcast.

BY May 19, 2017

A lack of intimate friendships doesn’t just lead to loneliness; it can negatively impact your health, too. Courtney Martin on the particular importance of meaningful relationships between men — and how it can add a few years to men’s lives, to boot.

BY May 18, 2017

We often speak about how best to heal the world around us, but it’s also essential to nurture ourselves. A reflection on self-care as a crucial part of healing one another.

BY May 17, 2017

Parker takes up Jane Kenyon’s gentle challenge: trust in the natural cycles of light and dark, waking and sleep, life and life’s end.

BY May 16, 2017

Literature has the unique power to make us feel less alone in the world by elevating our deepest stories and connecting us beyond the divides of time, space, and politics.

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