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Michael and Tom - Grief during COVID

In The Midst of Life

We hadn’t seen each other in over five months, since COVID-19 required us to distance physically. It was by the far the longest stretch we have gone in our time as the deepest of friends and colleagues. We’ve written extensively about our friendship together and the intimacy, authenticity, and vulnerability we have always personified. Our…
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Heroes of Common Humanity

A Common Humanity

“The most basic human desire is to feel like you belong. Fitting in is important.” — Simon Sinek We all want to belong. We all need to know that we are valued. We all need relationships that show us that we are loved and that our life has meaning to others. Yet … loneliness and…
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Together, over the last few weeks, we have been reading the new bestselling book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy, MD. We love it. His stories, bolstered with statistics and research and told through the lens of his experiences as a medical professional, have captured our…
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I caught a glimpse

I Caught a Glimpse

Guest post by Deb Steransky Muncy, Pennsylvania Someone To Tell It To Compassionate Listener and Trainer My family and I have been camping during the hottest — and usually stormiest — part of the summer in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the last 15 or so years. We go the week leading up to the anniversary of…
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Man prays for George Floyd

How Sweet the Sound

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me… Andrea Jenkins, Vice Chair of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, City Council, began her remarks singing those words today in a press conference as she addressed the racial tensions and violence that were fomented by the death of George Floyd, an African American man, on…
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Holocaust Diary of Philip Mechanicus

The Lost Diaries of War

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1944 A transport of a thousand people left for Auschwitz in a howling storm and pouring rain. In animal wagons, yet again. The majority was from the S barracks: 590 people. The rest, young men of the Aliyah, old men from the hospital and 31 young, nameless children from the orphanage whose…
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What is Joy

So, What is Joy?

Lately, we’ve been re-reading a favorite book of ours: The Book of Joy. A perfect book for this imperfect time, it accounts the week — which took place five years ago this month — during which His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent time together talking about the concept of joy. We’ve…
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holy week

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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