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Waiting Is a State of Mind

We’ve been watching a British tv show called Grand Designs. It follows ordinary people as they build extraordinary houses. One recent episode featured a back-to-the-land, self-sufficient family who built their house by hand. When it was finished, it looked handmade but not homemade – it was gorgeously crafted, a work of…
September 25, 2020
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A Box of Chocolates

Little, Mighty, Coach-y Shifts of Perspective Patience v. presence Patience is considered a virtue, but I think we can do better than that. I prefer to cultivate presence instead. Patience comes from the Latin root pati, which means to suffer or endure. Presence, on the other hand, comes from the…
July 10, 2020
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There’s Nothing Wrong with You

Above: Mom and me A few weeks before she died, my mom poked an accusing finger into her belly and said with disgust, “I’ve gained so much weight.” I always winced when she took aim at her body that way. To me – to everyone – she was beautiful. But…
July 3, 2020
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Racism and Good Intentions

“I’m sad they don’t know my heart. I’m a good person.” My friend Anna said this after being criticized for one of her Facebook posts. It was the third day of the recent Black Lives Matter uprisings, and she posted a meme about Labrador Retrievers. (Maybe you saw one like…
June 19, 2020
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Antiracism for Beginners (Like Me)

No one can look at the video of George Floyd being slowly asphyxiated by an indifferent police officer and not be appalled and enraged. And yet this is not the first time something like this has happened. In fact, one of the reasons it’s so appalling is because it is…
June 6, 2020