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Video: Stephen Jenkinson | Money & the Soul’s Desires

“Who takes care of the money?” Wisdom leader Stephen Jenkinson discusses money and its ways.

July 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Spoon

In this visual poem, Markus Kempken explores specific objects — spoons, spatulas, flutes — and the way they trigger memories of his childhood abuse.

March 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Max Ehrmann: Desiderata

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

December 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Oh Darlin’

The intimacy
Of strangers is luminous, the way
We wish well for the man who lost
His car keys, the woman coming in
Out of the rain, the girl who missed
Her bus, the boy who stutters.

August 8, 2020 · 14 Comments

Chard deNiord: Checklist

the red coal an angel places on the tongue like a treat

June 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Ten things I should have figured out before now

Love is complicated. Courtesy is simple. Start with courtesy.

May 23, 2020 · 14 Comments

Carolyn Gregory: Listening

Compassion unfolds her bright blue
wings and shelters us.

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Praise Song for the Pandemic

Blessed are those in grief, especially who mourn alone, blessed are those who have passed into the Great Night

April 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Belinda Kong: How Chinese people came together when separated by quarantine, creating hope, humor and art

Fear and blame appear to be fast becoming Americans’ defining emotions around COVID-19. Headlines seem to offer either worst-case estimates or government leaders’ mutual accusations. Amid the bewildering figures and … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Volker Franke: Me First and the Loss of Compassion

Children ought to learn how to help one another so they can take joy in crossing the finish line together, building closeness instead of separation, segregation and adversarialism.

October 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chuck Taylor: Cutting

At first, I had no idea why the dogs were in the cages. I heard stories that the dogs were picked up running loose at night through many neighborhoods and delivered in old trucks to the hospital at night. I could tell that many of these dogs had been pets.

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sarah Chavez: The Story of Death Is the Story of Women

It is clear that our society’s current denial of death is not working. What would our culture look like if we instead met the most mysterious, painful, and transformational aspect of our lives with compassion and clarity?

September 5, 2019 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Good Job, Little Man

Before plunging into the grim cauldron that is this week’s news about the ravaging of democracy, decency and our precious, fragile, singular planet, here’s a picture of a small good thing.

August 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: An Ode to Envy — Parul Sehgal

What is envy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction.

July 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

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