Tag: first person

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April 19, 2012

“The trade of chemist (fortified, in my case, by the experience of Auschwitz), teaches you to overcome, indeed to ignore, certain revulsions that are neither necessary nor congenital: matter is matter, neither noble nor vile, infinitely transformable, and its proximate origin is of no importance whatsoever. Nitrogen is nitrogen, it passes miraculously from the air into plants, from these into animals, and from animals into us; when its function in our body is exhausted, we eliminate it, but it still remains nitrogen, aseptic, innocent.”
—Primo Levi

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January 24, 2011

A newfound respect for the Sufi poet while slipping on an icy Brooklyn sidewalk.

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July 21, 2010

There are stories within stories that are desperate to be heard, and when they’re heard, they bring us to the place of encounter and empathy, which is the essence of hope and humanity.

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July 13, 2010

On the “poetic truth” and the grace and mystery of translation in an era of hard facts.

Padraig O Tuama with ashes on his forehead celebrating Ash Wednesday.
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February 19, 2010

Reflections from Belfast on the opportunity of Ash Wednesday: “Lent is less for giving up, and more for making space.”

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January 10, 2010

[audio_player:/being/unheard_cuts/mike_rose_studs_terkel.mp3=”Studs Terkel interviews Mike Rose”] In our program with Mike Rose, we are asking you to share your memories of…

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January 5, 2010

This week’s program “Approaching Prayer” is on my list of SOF classics. It’s a busy program: three interviews, readings and…

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June 9, 2009

A few days ago, a “Speaking of Faith” Google alert highlighted Kaye Thompson’s blog entry about her first year in…

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June 3, 2009

We’ve begun a new First Person initiative asking Muslims to share their perspectives for a project we’ll be working on…

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April 23, 2009

Earlier this week, I posted a quote on our Facebook page from Eulalia Cobb. She’s a listener from West Pawlet,…

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January 16, 2009

Looking ahead to next week’s refreshed and resonant broadcast of our Buddha in the World program, here’s some new material…

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January 1, 2009

There’s a certain amount of serendipity that offers itself to any person who works on staff. But I have to…

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December 20, 2008

In the young Evangelical world, Shane Claiborne is a rock star. And this isn’t hyperbole; I witnessed it first-hand at…

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December 9, 2008

I’ve been fascinated by the responses that have come in to our program with Binyavanga Wainaina. They’ve come in part…

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December 8, 2008

A “scientist’s scientist” on stress in tough economic times.