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More Vulnerable Than We Think

Posted on January 18, 2019

Their stories weren’t of the tragic kind, but in listening to some of the 800,000 American government workers who have been living without a wage during the country’s longest government shutdown, one couldn’t help but feel for them.  They had done nothing to deserve such treatment, yet they are losing mortgages, selling their cars, prematurely dipping into their retirement savings, and, in some painful images, taking their kids out of college.  If there is a trait of tragedy about the entire thing, it is to be found in the partisan mess that is American politics at the moment and how political leaders have become so calloused to the plight of millions – even if those workers are the ones actually keeping the government going instead of…

Summer Reflections – Don’t Let Them Die

Posted on July 10, 2018

In Victor Hugo’s tale Notre-Dame de Paris,composed in the 15thcentury, the printing press had just been developed and the Archdeacon of the great cathedral, Claude Frollo, stands outside and holds his first printed book in his hands.? Its quality and potential both fascinate and trouble him.? He looks from the pages of the book up to the spires of the great cathedral and says, “This will kill that.” He wasn’t correct, of course, but the printed word challenged the church and most other 15-century institutions in remarkable ways.? Yet that new technology didn’t so much kill God as take the concept of a higher being public and served to democratize the church along paths no one could have predicted. In retelling Hugo’s story of…

Summer Reflection: Any Cure For The Summertime Blues?

Posted on July 6, 2018

There are many different kinds of poverty in our world today, but one form gaining increasing attention is that of loneliness.? There’s a distinction between loneliness and the solitude so many of us seek each summer.?The former is about the deep disillusionment of being alone while the latter is about the pleasure of being in our own company and finding healing in it. It is entirely likely that this summer will be plagued by more loneliness than any in recent memory.? This isn’t just a thought or premonition since there’s plenty of research and evidence to reveal that loneliness itself might well be at epidemic levels. Writing in the New York Times?last April, Leah Nash made a rather stunning declaration: “There’s a mountain of…

Summer Reflections – How Did We Get Here?

Posted on July 4, 2018

This year especially, summer couldn’t come soon enough.? And not because we endured a long, hard, unpredictable winter – which we certainly did.?No, it’s something more, something almost intangible – a sense that things aren’t great collectively.?Individually we might feel a certain sense of normalcy, but when it comes to our position in the broader world – our sense of hope, promise, dignity, respect, the ability to make change – we aren’t as sure where we stand. This week our family has been volunteering at a kid’s autism camp, as we do every year.? You could sense the careful disenchantment, the lack of optimism, the worry over our shared state of affairs in most conversations, coffee shops, and idle chatter.? Much of it was…

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