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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 · Leave a 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

Paul Christensen: Second Sight

My mother was Italian, a passionate, sensuous woman who believed in fortune telling and heeding the voice of intuition, which was very strong inside her. She told me she had been born under a veil, meaning the amniotic sack at birth, and that this was the sign of her prophetic powers.

July 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Half-Life

This is my autobiography at mid-life, assuming that at 51 years of age I will live another 51 years and die at 102. That’s not very likely, but I wasn’t … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Power of Empathy — a quick animated clip that can make you a better person

This animated clip features Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, providing some quick insights into the difference between sympathy and … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Frans de Waal — Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jill Jacobs: The Case for Radical Empathy.

Today, we suffer through increasingly vitriolic language from both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian partisans, and — even more frighteningly — violent protests in Europe,  Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories and even the … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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