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BY November 17, 2017

Sharon Salzberg’s advice for difficult conversations with family at Thanksgiving? Practice listening from a place of generosity and love — whether you agree or not.

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BY October 6, 2017

To be a tía — an aunt — is a singular honor. On the bittersweet truth of choosing not to have children, and the gift of deeply loving a child who isn’t one’s own.

BY October 5, 2017

As the warmth and lush greenery of summer give way to fall in our part of the world, a poem on the hollowness of the coming season, and the promise that rushes in to fill the void.

Synagogue of Cochin, Kerala, India
BY & Matthew Septimus October 4, 2017

A photo-poem for Sukkot in celebration of shelter and wandering, harvest and shared meals.

BY October 3, 2017

President Trump called the mass shooting in Las Vegas “an act of pure evil.” Courtney questions why we use the word “evil” to explain such violence. And, she argues, why we should stop making that moral bargain.

Chinese model Xu Naiyu watches a movie on her phone as models sleep during a break at China Fashion Week in Beijing.
BY October 2, 2017

We’re beset with horrible news from all sides, these days — from the lives lost in Las Vegas to the millions suffering in Puerto Rico and Houston. Sharon Salzberg asks: Can we break out of our cycle of agitation to meet this suffering from a place of love?

BY September 30, 2017

Hand-picked by our editor-in-chief, perspectives on reimagining loved ones, the workplace, and the shape of community — from Ali Schultz on the false shine of office perks to what unity looks like, on the football field and off.

BY September 29, 2017

The turbidity of Melbourne’s Yarra River reflects the murkiness of inner life. When faced with loss and joy, we must sink into shadows before we can make the crossing — and emerge more whole on the opposite shore.

Image of bearded man holding adorable baby
BY & Matthew Septimus September 29, 2017

Three poems to celebrate new beginnings every day, atoning, and reconciling.

BY September 28, 2017

At a certain point, we come to the realization that our mothers have interior lives entirely separate from us. On the conceptual challenge of seeing our mothers as whole human beings.

BY September 27, 2017

When it feels like our life has been turned upside-down, sometimes the greatest comfort isn’t advice or a solution, but having someone to simply endure alongside us.

BY September 26, 2017

When the spirit feels leaden, there’s respite in the sunrise that breaks through the night. A poem from Mary Oliver on taking comfort in daybreak.

BY September 25, 2017

What would it look like if we optimized our workplaces not for happiness, but for human wholeness?

Members of Team Rubicon work on a house
BY September 23, 2017

Perspectives on hope, juxtaposed and overlapped, and action — including stories on veterans and volunteerism, Titus Kaphar’s TED talk on amending our monuments, and a constellation forms around Krista’s conversation with Junot Diaz.

Misty Morgan, a recovered heroin addict, attends a march through the streets of Norwalk, Ohio, against the epidemic of heroin addiction in the community on July 14, 2017.
BY September 22, 2017

Is the way we talk about and imagine opioid addiction hurting people who need our help? A native West Virginian considers the ravages of the disease on her loved ones, her home state, and families across the country — and looks to compassion as a strategy for healing.

An inmate sits in his cell at San Quentin State Prison's death row on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California.
BY September 21, 2017

An unexpected letter landed on our columnist’s doorstep the other day. It contains a surprising lesson on the meaning of community — and an opportunity to open up to a fellow flawed and striving human being.

BY September 20, 2017

A lesson in expectations, disappointment, and living forward tradition from our Hamilton-obsessed columnist.

BY September 20, 2017

A poem of observation and petition to usher in these ten Days of Awe for year 5778.

Knoxville residents participate in a service of prayers and hymns for peace in advance of a planned white supremacist rally and counter-protest around a Confederate memorial monument on August 25, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
BY September 19, 2017

There’s more to hope than optimism. Parker reads Victoria Safford on what it really means to stand in the place where hard, joyful work makes our vision for change come alive.

BY September 18, 2017

On the perils of placing all our hope in a utopian future — and the real possibility for change that lies in our actions, here and now.

A woman participates in a peaceful protest at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 5, 2017.
BY September 16, 2017

A constellation of reading and listening for early autumn from our editor-in-chief.

People talk after a Sacrament Meeting of the Washington, D.C. 3rd Ward at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints October 23, 2011 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
BY September 15, 2017

A young, gay Mormon’s testimony sparked a rift in her community — but, Erika Munson wonders, must we give in to the instinct to take sides? On lingering in the complex questions with a spirit of compassion that has room for our differences.

Volunteers help load cars with donated supplies outside Center Mall in Port Arthur, Texas on September 2, 2017. As floodwaters receded in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, nearby cities such as Beaumont which had lost its water supply — and Port Arthur struggled to recover. One week after Harvey slammed into southeast Texas as a Category Four hurricane, rescuers were still out searching for people still inside flooded homes.
BY September 14, 2017

Avoiding burnout from the endless news cycle is important, but so is staying meaningfully and personally present to urgent realities that deserve our attention.

Woman wrapped in sheet. Photo by Yoann Boyer.
BY September 12, 2017

It’s scary to surrender control, but good can come from letting the chips fall where they may.

A tattooed woman holds a copy of Kinfolk magazine
BY September 11, 2017

Conspicuous consumption may be on the decline, but does the alternative reproduce privilege in a more exclusionary way?

Cubans clean a street of Havana, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)
BY September 11, 2017

The recent hurricanes and wildfires teach us not only about climate change and human folly, but also about the fundamental goodness of people in the face of disaster.