20 July 2022

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Called to be a wounded healer

Called to be a wounded healer


Before a commercial plane takes off, flight attendants go over safety rules for passengers, pointing out exits and what to do if yellow oxygen masks f...
13 July 2022

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Putting the best of people first

Putting the best of people first


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” —Dr. Seuss It has become one of the world’s ...
06 July 2022

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Feeling fine despite challenges

Feeling fine despite challenges


When Jeanne Louise Calment turned 90, lawyer Andre-Francois Raffray cut a contingency deal with her. Calment, in financial difficulties, signed papers...
29 June 2022

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Modeling after Honest Abe

Modeling after Honest Abe


I’m grateful that high school had us memorize the Gettysburg address. It’s one of history’s greatest speeches, and it’s only 10 sentences long...
15 June 2022

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Coping with today’s ‘future shock’

Coping with today’s ‘future shock’


When I read Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock” in 1972, I assumed that he was the first to write about the lightning pace of change in our day. His ...
25 May 2022

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Navigating life’s hills and valleys

Navigating life’s hills and valleys


“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” —Kahlil Gibran Theologian Martin Marty describes two types of ...
18 May 2022

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Visits fulfill need for words, touch

Visits fulfill need for words, touch


The question posted by a Quora Digest’s reader was, “What’s the point of visiting patients in a nursing home with severe dementia or Alzheimer...
11 May 2022

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Make practicing grace a habit

Make practicing grace a habit


A woman stood patiently in the grocery check-out lane, practicing six feet of social distancing, when an elderly man cut in front of her, proceeded to...
04 May 2022

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Keeping civility alive

Keeping civility alive


A Texas friend wrote me about her experiences through the years of having lost things returned. “I dropped my credit card at a gas pump and had i...
27 April 2022

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Nothing gold can stay

Nothing gold can stay


Robert Frost was plagued by loss and grief and depression throughout his life. When he was 12, his father died of tuberculosis, leaving his family a t...