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Big-Hearted Democracy This post has been contributed by Judith L. Favor, who is rooted and grounded in Quaker tradition and contemplative practice. She is retired from pastoral UCC ministry in San Francisco and teaching …
Treating Inanimate Things with Courtesy and Caring In his blog, Edward Hays notes that the Alaskan Yupitt Indian people have a bigger world than we do since they interact with nature and inanimate objects with reverence and caring. For instance, if …
A Prayer of Gratitude for the Pleasure of Sharing Photos Online Singer in My Soul, we are so thankful for the millions of people who derive so much delight and satisfaction from sharing photos online. Fact: About 4,000 photos are taken every second in the U.…
The New Sharing Economy In the LosAngelesTimes.com, Sandy Banks writes about how she first heard about the sharing economy. Her daughter was able to travel cheap in Europe by going online each day and finding a couch at a …
Touching the Earth for Our Adversaries One of the great challenges in all the world's religious and spiritual traditions is learning to love our enemies. Contemporary cultures still honor the eye-for-an-eye approach to enemies. Revenge i…
The Most Punctual Man In India Mahatma Gandhi's Ingersoll pocket watch was among the few material possessions he left behind. It signaled him to go to bed, shortly after midnight, and it was there when he arose at 4 a.m. On the d…
Spirit Bathing for the Worried and Beleaguered We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. — Jack Gilbert, A…
Skyrocketing Prison Population Devastating U.S. Society On Commondreams.org Sarah Lazare shares the dire impact of four decades of massive imprisonments in the United States. This report by the National Research Council (an arm of the National Academy of…
Presidential Campaign Slogans One of the major delights of the voting process in our democracy is the time, energy, and creativity spent on presidential campaign slogans. They're meant to energize and inform the public so that t…
Patience & Courtesy & Airplane Travel We don't fly very often but when we do we are extremely aware of the many and varied chances to do spiritual practices before and during a flight. Here are a few of them, which we recommend to you f…