Visit Our Studios; Mary Magdalene Is a Story of Us; Webby Worthiness; Pulitzer Pedigree; Russell’s #9; Welcoming the Unexpected Visitor

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Visit Our Studios; Mary Magdalene Is a Story of Us; Webby Worthiness; Pulitzer Pedigree; Russell’s #9; Welcoming the Unexpected Visitor

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So many people responded to this thoughtful essay last year that I thought I’d give it a reprise on Good Friday. In “At the Heart of Easter Sunday Is a Woman,” Norman Allen writes that Easter is not just being about Jesus’ resurrection but Mary Magdalene too. Take three minutes to listen and read. It’s a beauty:

“But the story holds an even deeper significance, for Mary represents all of us. We are slow to see, slow to consider the truths that challenge the comfortable limits of our understanding. And perhaps we all need to hear our name spoken — to be called — before we can recognize the opportunity that stands before us.”

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It’s awards season in the worlds of journalism and digital media. First, we’ve been nominated for a Webby Award, the “Oscars of the Internet” as they say. The last time we won the award was in 2007, the same year we won a Peabody. I even got to shake Stephen Colbert’s hand on both occasions. (Shhh… his hands are the softest ones I’ve ever touched. Creamy, like butter.)

When I first started working on this project in 2003, I had the great privilege of working with Bill Buzenberg. He was our founding executive producer. I was new to journalism and producing radio, but I got to learn from him on a daily basis — from near and afar (his voice carries through solid doors). What I most admired was his passion: for news and for learning — a great thinker with an infinitely curious mind. He was very kind and supportive; I treasure those days. When he left to lead the Center for Public Integrity, I was chagrined but knew he’d reshape that important investigative organization. And, lo and behold, he’s led CPI to its very first Pulitzer Prize for “Breathless and Burdened.” A hearty congratulations to him and his staff!

(Andrew Burton / Getty Images.)

It’s happening! And I want you to join us. On Tuesday, May 6, we’ll be producing our first live event in our gorgeous new offices on Loring Park. As part of The Civil Conversations Project, Krista will be interviewing Jim Bradley, a mathematician and Christian, and Michael Ruse, a philosopher of science and an atheist, on the ways science and religion are finding new paths to each other. It’ll be an intimate event with 40 people, so please RSVP.

Easter eggs are dyed after Bulgarian Orthodox bishops and nuns attend the Holy and Great Thursday service in the the Lozen monastery at St Spaso, near the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The Holy Thursday is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. (Boryana Katsarova / AFP/Getty Images.)

As Boston commemorates the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, I have seen so many signs of hope and honor. Love this memorial at the Boston Public Library.

(Marco Secchi / Getty Images.)

The ninth of the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on being truthful:

“Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.”

But why the photo? Read on, my friends, read on.

I spent eight minutes watching a man split wood with this marvelous Finnish axe. How could I not share?

And, this week, a very popular post from Parker Palmer. He offers a somewhat light-hearted vignette on the unexpected visitor and welcoming her in — all by way of a metaphor from Rumi:

“Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”

Send your greetings and your critiques at, or via Twitter at @trentgilliss.

May the wind always be at your back.

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is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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