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Ursula Le Guin, An Appreciation Writer Ursula Le Guin died on January 22, 2018; she was 88. She believed that the imagination is "the single most useful tool humankind possesses." She certainly proved that to be true, turning the …
The Mysterious Spiritual Connections Between Animals and Their Human Companions The bonds between companion animals and their humans is a spiritual matter than involves love and deep connections. We thought of this again when we read the incredible account of a four-year-old to…
My Feet "There are so many things that can provide us with peace. Next time you take a shower or a bath, I suggest you hold your big toes in mindfulness. We pay attention to everything except our toes. When…
How Wonder Works Wonder is one of our favorite practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy. It begins in the senses, comes alive in the imagination, and flourishes in adoration of the Divine. Wonder directs us t…
Gratitude for a Decrease in AIDS-related Deaths O Healer, who watches over all living with the HIV virus around the world, we give thanks for the researchers and the scientists who have given us effective drugs that have decreased the number of A…
Empathy and Reading Since 2008, Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin of the School of Life in London have been suggesting books to clients to alleviate various conditions. They wrote about this service, which they call bib…
Da Nose Knows The comedian Jimmy Durante had a large nose and used to make jokes about it. "Da nose knows," he said and I believed it. We ramble through the world smelling things and being attracted or repelled b…
New Love: A Short Shelf Life In this eye-opening article in The New York Times, Sonya Lyubomirsky reveals some shocking details and insights into marriage. American and European researchers found that the joys and pleasures of …
Repurposing Fiction in Business School In 1990, we read and reviewed The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination by Robert Coles, a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at Harvard, who had pioneered a new class at H…
An Elder Hero for the Ages Writer Milan Kundera is convinced that the modern era — and with it, the novel — began with The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, which was published in 1605. It revolves around …