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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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Writer Junot Díaz attends the Jersey Boys at The New Yorker Festival on October 10, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The New Yorker Festival)
BY September 9, 2017

Smart writing on big love, the end of summer, a new narrative of whiteness, and constellations of listening — all curated by our editor-in-chief.

Demonstrators participate in a march and rally against white supremacy August 16, 2017 in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
BY September 7, 2017

White supremacy is newly palpable in unsettling, violent ways. But what if our public conversation about race can encourage a new, redeemable, and joyful whiteness to come to the fore?

BY September 6, 2017

The aftermath of natural and man made tragedies such disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London reveals the deeper, inner work that’s required for true public and personal healing.

BY September 5, 2017

As the air starts to cool and the days shorten, a poetic reflection for this liminal time — on the hidden potential that lies in the season ahead.

A man sits in a church.
BY September 2, 2017

From grief to the virtue of griping and a much-needed perspective on white privilege, our editor
in chief highlights three marvelous essays from three superb writers.

BY August 31, 2017

Our daily lives are narratives we wrap ourselves in. But sometimes the grind keeps us from truly connecting with the world around us.

BY August 26, 2017

It’s been a busy summer! Brand new ways to listen and read, a new season of Creating Our Own Lives, and a morsel of wisdom on freedom from counterfeit happiness.

Thich Nhat Hanh walking with others in a forest.
BY August 20, 2017

A journey of collective mindfulness with the Vietnamese Zen master, crystallized in verse.

BY August 19, 2017

An appeal to reweave the white imagination that shapes us all; and a timelapse of superstorms to reignite awe at the grandeur of nature.

Photo of a phone saying "Stop Complaining." Photo by Omar Prestwich
BY August 17, 2017

Can the occasional cathartic rant lead to healing? The virtue of letting our frustrations be heard — from Russian novels and the Book of Job to a Catholic women’s “pray and bitch” prayer group.

A supercell thunderstorm gathers. Photo by Niccolò Ubalducci.
BY August 15, 2017

Watch the magnificent beauty of nature’s smokeshow and fireworks slowly gather and reveal themselves through Chad Cowan’s timelapse films.

BY August 14, 2017

A searching exploration of the “white imagination” — and how it not only influences white people but also people of color’s lenses on the world.

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.

BY August 12, 2017

Reflections to hearten life amid chaos and pain — from a new take on efficiency to the breaking and remaking that shape our grief.

People gather around the communal dining table.
BY August 10, 2017

We need to get wiser about efficiency — about when it’s a good thing, and when it saps us of the slow and messy connections that help us learn, grow, and thrive.

Vincent Harding
BY August 9, 2017

A modern-day tragedy has befallen Omid: His iPhone has died. But there’s a deep lesson in this, too — on ensuring that our memories are stored in a deeper and more enduring place.

Cloud Cult
BY August 9, 2017

Listen to a live set of Cloud Cult’s performance at On Being Studios on a cold winter night in Minneapolis.

BY August 8, 2017

A loving ode to ancestral land — and to the body of the earth from which we all come and to which we all return.

BY August 8, 2017

In the quest to have it all, a daughter of Asian immigrants discovers that “the breaking takes time.” Might we, she asks, build narrower lawns and wider minds?

BY August 7, 2017

She embodied a sense of steady gratitude regardless of the circumstances. A reflection in memoriam of police captain-turned-dharma teacher Cheri Maples.

Woman in a fishbowl
BY August 5, 2017

From a Hmong writer’s encouragement to Oprah’s advice on how to say no, our editor-in-chief serves up his favorite commentaries on grief and loss, intergenerational relationships, solitude in faith, judging the poor, and apologies.

BY August 3, 2017

In her cohousing community in Oakland, our columnist is experiencing something all-too-rare: deep friendships across generations. What if we turned more actively to the wisdom — and plain old good company — of our neighbors, older and younger?

BY August 2, 2017

The value of solitude isn’t simply in retreating from a chaotic world. It’s a discipline that’s different for all of us — and one that we can practice wherever we are.

A boy walks through a waterfall on July 25, 2016 while playing in the water at The Yards Park in Washington, DC, as a heat wave rolls across the area.
BY August 1, 2017

We can’t take wilderness retreats every time we feel caught up in the world’s madness, but a poem can be a momentary reprieve.

BY August 1, 2017

A NASA climate scientist wrestles with the story of the ocean’s “long slong to equilibrium,” the ease of modern life, and the whispers that continue after we’re gone.