ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 3)

ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 3)

If you have read part 1 and part 2 of this blog about coming back together, you have probably asked yourself the questions: What does coming together actually look like in the face of charged political differences? How do we build empathy and understanding across...
ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 2)

ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 2)

After describing the dynamics of polarization in a previous blog, this second installment will highlight Parker Palmer’s essay entitled, “Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy.” It contains important insights on how we come back together in our families, work...
ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 1)

ON MY MIND: Coming Back Together (Part 1)

Nearly everywhere I look I see communities, families, and friends mired in division, derision, and despair. Increasingly, we talk about those who are working toward different outcomes not as our opponents but as our enemies. And when it comes to enemies, we feel...
ON MY MIND: The Power of the Pause

ON MY MIND: The Power of the Pause

When I was 16 years old a neighbor took me fly fishing. When we got to the river bank the first thing he explained was this: “These rocks are slippery. So, if you lose your balance and fall into the river, don’t fight it. There’s no use fighting with gravity or the...