Tag: loneliness

Mary Frances Berry

Let Us Not Be Silent about the Things that Matter

SEASON 2: EPISODE 15 | July 21, 2020 Let Us Not Be Silent about the Things that Matter with Dr. Mary Frances Berry “If you model taking a position that promotes empathy, analysis, courage in confronting attacks on other people or things that harm other people, that involves moral authority.”   In this very special…
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Addressing Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing

SEASON 2: EPISODE 16 | August 4, 2020 Addressing Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing with Kasley Killam Kasley Killam is a social scientist by training, a strategist by practice, and a community connector at heart.  She has written: “With increasing numbers of people isolated because of quarantine and social distancing, COVID-19 is not…
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Sarah Judd Welch

The Necessity of Belonging

SEASON 3: EPISODE 6 | January 19, 2021 The Necessity of Belonging with Sarah Judd Welch Sarah Judd Welch believes that “belonging is more necessary now than ever.” She points to our current culture moment – with its significant polarization, disconnection, and loneliness – in stressing the imperative to “belong.” With COVID-19, a massive shift…
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How People Make Things

If you follow Someone To Tell It To, you know how much we admire the late Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. His life influenced our lives and work deeply. Nine years ago, we connected with author, blogger, speaker, and genuinely good human, Tim Madigan, and invited him to come to Pennsylvania to speak about…
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Investing in People

“The best minute I spend is the one I invest in people.” — Ken Blanchard He invested in us. He gave us his time. He answered our phone calls. He invited us to his home to share several days so that we would get to know one another. He was generous with his attention while…
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What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway?

There’s a question that’s been brewing ever since we introduced Abby Turner as our Chief Listening Officer last week. What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway? Ironically, the U.K. appointed their own Chief Listening Officer last week… they just gave the position a slightly different name: Minister for Loneliness. “We know that there is a…
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“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) “Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” Leo Tolstoy “In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” Augustine of Hippo   We…
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What is the Only Cure for Loneliness, Despair and Hopelessness?

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are…
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Why will there be restlessness within our hearts this Thanksgiving?

Compassion is sometimes a fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside someone else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~Frederick Buechner This past weekend we were invited to do two…
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