Category: News & Politics

[Insert Angry Click Bait Title Here]: The Impact of Negative Social Media & What We Can Do About It

By David Jones I don’t have to wait for the world to be okay for me to be okay. And neither do you. Now, that fact might make some folks angry. They might say that by choosing to be okay you’re somehow normalizing the way things are—the fear, the anger, the division, the hatred. Try not to let others decide for you when you’re supposed to be afraid, or angry, or divided, or hateful. Actually, I might argue that the constant anger and dissatisfaction shoved in our news feeds all day has not really changed anything, unless you count...

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Today I Prayed

  By Debbie Lynn Hanging on to the edge of change; autumn is looming, sultry, dark and slightly oppressive, but the feeling is comfortable and I wonder, if that is a sign of submission. As I watch the sun begin to rise and illuminate the ground, I feel a bit of raw-guilt in my gut. I pause; life is good, I am happy and yet somehow (I don’t know why) there is a part of me that feels undeserving. Contentment is as viable as it is elusive—soft, menacing and full of trickery. The minutes of light are dispersing ever...

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More Alike Than Different

  By Brian Westbye I have come to realize that all around the world the ingredients are the same: only the presentation differs. And we would do well to think a little more deeply about our ingredients and presentation. I’ve long been an acolyte of Anthony Bourdain. His landmark 1999 expose/memoir in The New Yorker, Don’t Eat Before Reading This, unearthed some nasty restaurant-industry trade secrets, making him the Jim Bouton of the culinary world and I have followed his rise from cranky middle-age ex-junky chef to renowned author to television phenomenon. I greatly enjoy his snark and love of gastro adventure....

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No Choice But to be Present: Spiritual Reflections on What Emerges from Political Crisis

  By Joe Lamport High in a hilltop meadow in Nova Scotia, overlooking the basalt reaches of the Bay of Fundy, it’s possible to contemplate the Age of Trump, without inducing the usual gag reflex from the onrush of outrage and bile. The Canadians we find ourselves amongst are warm and sympathetic hosts who have attained a far more measured outlook on the bizarre turn of events in the lower 48—this too shall pass, they assure us. It reinforces our gratitude for having come north to this tranquil spot, far removed from the daily barrage of breaking news and fake...

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The Resolution for Hate & Violence is not More Hate & Violence

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling I’ve been a big fan of Daryl Davis since I first heard his story on This American Life maybe 15 years ago. He’s the African-American musician who in 30 years has made friends with hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members. I’ve heard that he plays piano like Jerry Lee Lewis. He was playing in a nightclub somewhere in the deep South, much to the delight of a couple of middle-aged white patrons, who caught his show again the next night, and they approached Davis and told them how much they enjoyed his piano playing. They...

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