Tag: conversation

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June 13, 2017

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.

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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.

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May 9, 2017

A recent college graduate embarks on a 4,000-mile walking trek across the United States. His only goal is to listen. A powerful story of encounter and lending a kind and judgment-free ear, even when it frightens him.

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March 31, 2017

What if we learned to trust in the resilience of our relationships, and recognized the occasional necessity of butting heads with the ones we love?

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March 25, 2017

From the wrestling mat to challenging conversations in our own living rooms — the virtue of facing our deepest discomforts head-on.

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March 19, 2017

Rather than slipping into warring modes, a master list of ways to enter into conversations with more openness and hospitality.

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February 7, 2017

A writer turns away from what’s toxic on social media and chooses self-care in this cultural moment.

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January 9, 2017

From a perennial favorite on busyness to hard conversations to help us understand each other — a round-up of the most-read blog posts of the past year.

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January 4, 2017

After an exchange with an angry man, a poem about a woodland encounter bestows unexpected guidance — about how acknowledging the spaces we share can be what closes the gaps between us.

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December 17, 2016

Should we reframe the American narrative? Is there an art to conversation? Can sports refs teach us a thing or two about democracy? Questions and conversations that are pointing us north from all the niches of life.

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December 8, 2016

Sometimes the refuge we need is not an escape, but a safe place to grapple with our hardest questions, and to challenge ourselves to be better.

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November 8, 2016

Do conversations matter in this election? A lifelong believer in the power of conversation to transform conflict wrote to Krista asking for advice about how to understand the other side in this contentious election.

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October 4, 2016

The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.

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September 28, 2016

Genuine communication is a collaborative process marked by respect. Parker Palmer reminds us of the importance of what we say, how we say it, and how we listen — in politics as in life.

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July 11, 2016

Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference.

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May 4, 2016

From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what’s happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.

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April 27, 2016

A helpful word can be a salve, but it’s not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.

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April 26, 2016

Though we may sometimes stumble through it, civil engagement with the other side is an enriching endeavor. A vision for safe spaces for generous conversation, in creativity, coffee shops, and the thick of life.

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April 19, 2016

Waiting for test results in a hospital can be a solitary event. And unexpectedly quiet in certain waiting rooms. Jane Gross on the silent solidarity of women forged while waiting for the results of their mammogram tests each year.

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March 22, 2016

After a period of seemingly endless frustration, from a parking ticket to a cancelled credit card, Jane Gross identifies the need in our lives for centered calmness, and the grace and forgiveness of our “better selves.”

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October 17, 2015

Communication with our children can sometimes hit a wall. A father shares some helpful guidelines for architecting richer, more connected relationships with children. What could be more important?

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July 10, 2015

In times of trauma, modern-day technology connects us instantly. But could it be that genetic memory metabolizes much more slowly? Courtney Martin juxtaposes modern day urgency with a long view of legacy.

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November 26, 2010

On my radio show, which covers issues of faith and moral imagination, I encourage my guests to follow a couple…