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A Manners Manifesto "You may not think that living with others is an art, but it is the finest and most difficult of arts. . . . Courtesy is a way of living inspired by thoughtfulness, consideration, and respect for ot…
The Awesome Experience of Listening to Rock One of our favorite rock critics was Richard Goldstein; he was a pioneer in the genre. After graduating from Columbia University's journalism school in 1966, he began writing about pop music for the…
A New Civility Initiative in San Diego More than half the people on Earth now live in cities and are becoming more tuned in with the need to share housing, transit, and knowledge. Creative urban leaders are calling for collaboration on s…
Civility & Confucianism There seems to be no end to the incivility of our times. Reality television continues to emphasize the humiliation of people, drivers on the freeway are still aggressive and bad tempered, politician…
Reverence, Not Revenge In a profound and ethically rich blog for The Denver Post, John Kane, a professor of Religious Studies at Regis University who has focused on interfaith dialogue, justice, and peace initiatives, pon…
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 …
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…
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…
Beyond Ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing In an article for the Huffingtonpost.com, Dennis Merritt Jones (Your (Re)Defining Moments) uses this quotation from Rumi: "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will mee…
A Prayer Giving Thanks for the Pioneers of Multifaith Practice We are reading more and more articles about people creating their own religions by taking what they find of value from different wisdom traditions. It has been reported that almost half of all Ameri…