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This is Not a Week…

She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Suddenly, a man was down on the pavement, being beaten by others waiting in the same line for their turn to go into the store. She’s still haunted by his cries for mercy, for them to stop their savage pummeling of him: “I’m not Chinese. I’m Vietnamese. I’M…
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Hard Wired for Connection

Hard-Wired for Connection

Their cars and trucks and jeeps line the perimeter of the small parking lot next to the church on the corner. They gather at the same times each week lately, in this season of physical distancing. Before, they always met in the church basement to talk about their alcohol addictions, a common life fact they…
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Isaac Stern playing the violin

In Times of Trouble

When the sirens in Tel Aviv, Israel, wailed shortly before 7 o’clock one evening in February 1991, maestro Zubin Mehta was conducting the Israeli Philharmonic with renowned violinist Isaac Stern at the Jerusalem Theater. Another scud missile attack from Iraq, one of many during the first Gulf war, was underway. The audience was asked to…
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Michael and Tom - Amidst the Unrest

Amidst the Unrest, One Thing Remains the Same (Part 2)

The following is a story we shared in our second book, Someone To Tell It To: Moved With Compassion called “The Cure for Loneliness.” “She had more courage in the face of death than I had in the face of life.” —A man who lost his wife to multiple myeloma “The greatest disease in the…
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Michael and Tom - Amidst the Unrest

Amidst the Unrest, One Thing Remains the Same (Part 1)

In the matter of a few weeks, much has changed. Words and phrases such as “shutdown,” “lock-down,” “social distancing,” “pandemic,” and “outbreak,” among others, have become part of the common vernacular. Most of these words and phrases are inherently negative in nature, evoking feelings straight out of a Dean Koontz suspense novel, one in which…
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Regrets

On March 15th, political and cultural commentator David Brooks — who also writes for The New York Times — appeared on Meet the Press, NBC’s weekly Sunday morning public affairs program. As with every program right now, the show’s main topic of dialogue was the current coronavirus crisis. During the course of the program, what…
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Reassurance in the Age of Coronavirus

Reassurance in the Age of Coronavirus

Her phone’s quiet ding signaled an incoming text message. She picked up her phone and read the message, then gasped in disbelief. “One of our customers just left a check at the counter for $1,000, to be split between myself and three of my coworkers. He said that he wanted to help us out in…
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Zorbing

Four Ways to Pop the Zorb of Social Isolation

If you don’t scroll the walls of social media, watch the evening news, interact with anyone, (and basically, live in a giant zorb), then for you, the coronavirus isn’t evoking feelings of fear, tension, and confusion. For those of you who are unfamiliar with zorbing it is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside…
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When They Fall from Grace - Jean Vanier

When They Fall from Grace

When he died at age 90 last spring, we wrote here praising the work and legacy of the Canadian philosopher, theologian, author, and humanitarian, Jean Vanier.  A man of deep compassion and humility, Vanier was, along with Fred Rogers and Henri Nouwen, a spiritual hero of our team. Becoming Human, his 1998 bestseller, was one…
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Snow Day Silence

Snow Day

It was snowing here in Pennsylvania.  It was not predicted to be a huge snowfall.  But it was enough to slow things down.  Less traffic on the roads. Events postponed or cancelled.  It was a Saturday and many people were staying inside if they could. An excuse to take it a little easier for a…
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