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Please Be Quiet In a recent article in The New York Times, George Prochnik wrote about philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's crusade against noise as the archenemy of any serious thinker. He was convinced nobody could …
A Prayer for Pit Bulls Lover of All Creatures, in our experience a well-loved, well-trained pit bull is the gentlest of gracious creatures, the epitome of loyalty, albeit perhaps a bit shy. You could hardly have given us …
A Prayer for Victims of Air Pollution in China Creator God, we have learned that 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China. Observation: Beijing is filled with people wearing masks over their nose and mouth to protect against th…
Silence as a Luxury Product In an excerpt from Robert Reich's book The Future of Success, we spotted a trend: attention has become another commodity in the new economy. In a world of so much speed and tension, having someone p…
A Critic of Curb and Corner In an article in The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman pays tribute to the long and commendable career of Ada Louise Huxtable who started writing on architecture for The New York Times in 1963 becom…
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…
Walking as a Spiritual Practice "Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake," Wallace Stevens once said. I'd make that a "walk around the city." I love to walk and have made it a daily part of my spiritual practice. Mary …
The Nature in Me By Nargis Kachrumathur for KidSpirit's Nature issue. My relationship with nature has always been an odd one; sometimes I appreciate its beauty and benefits, while sometimes I despise things ab…
A Prayer for the 7 Billion People of the Earth As of October 31, 2011, according to the U.N. Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people on the planet. China and India are the two most populous nations. Large challenges face the peoples of t…
A Lament for Dismaying Global Trends Hope Through the Ages, we have become aware of some dismaying global trends. As we lament these developments, help us to respond with love, compassion, peace, and kindness. Report: A report from…