On the Blog
On the Blog
Our stories hold power no matter the circumstances of our lives. A Hmong-American woman looks on her father’s modest life, and her own — through refugee camps in Thailand to their new life in the American Midwest — and reveals lessons from the powerless on our inherent dignity, even through our most vulnerable times.
A Dutch theologian explains the religious principles at the heart of Trump’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Education. Hint: it’s a Dutch neo-Calvinist minister and politician.
A young man sets a resolution for himself, and for us: to engage deeply with those on the other side, not with the goal of being right, but to recognize the desire for good that we all share.
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.
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.
The questions of who matters and what’s really important run through each entry in this week’s edition of Letter from Loring Park.
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.
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.
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.
The poet’s grounded counsel on living a life of generosity and integrity — and a touch of healthy rebelliousness.
Hannah Arendt’s experience as a refugee during the Nazi regime, and the powerful lessons it has for our time.
Acknowledging the limits of our own experience, and the spiritual challenge of building deep relationships with those outside our cultural comfort zones.
The moral authority of frail bodies. Vulnerability as strength. How solidarity can lead to resurrection.
Sometimes we need to trick our hearts to make great art — and do the things that most scare us.
After a meditative walk through a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan, a reflection on recognizing the paths we’re on as a spiritual destination.
Love and gratitude can be daring, disruptive acts in a world that insists on conflict and endless craving.
To live fully and well, we need diversity — in nature and in our lives together.
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.
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.
Challenging the notion of the “Muslim world,” what dedication to peace looks like, and the weight words — and actions — carry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.