Being Thankful for Humanity

This Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for the strangers who share their stories of kindness. Each one is an unexpected gift. Each one reminds you that whatever is big and bad just might be balanced by goodness. I chat with people from time to time who I don’t know. Every now and then I hear
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Thank you, Dave Chapelle

These past two weeks I’ve been trying extra hard to be thoughtful and kind. My husband started teasing me today, wondering how many people I was going to greet or thank. He told me that I say thank you like Jimmy Fallon does in a routine he performs on his show. He imitated me to
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Standing for Love

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu We need courage and strength today. Many of us are overwhelmed and scared by the words we are hearing and by people’s actions. It doesn’t matter who you voted for. If you have a loving heart and a
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A Message for Our Daughters

My daughter Emma called to tell me she was watching parts of the presidential debate last night. First I was proud, then I was frightened. “Remember, it’s never been like this before. This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be,” I told her. One of the saddest parts of this election season for me is
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Look at the Sky

The sky in October is a brilliant shade of blue. Like the colors revealed in leaves, it is a gift of the season. I pay special attention to the sky now because it offers so much joy and hope in return. I’ve looked at a cerulean blue canvas nearly every day. The color is so
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Share Your Favorite Parts

We can all express, in painstaking detail, our perceived flaws. There is usually one thing in particular that we don’t like about our bodies. That body part has its very own compartment in our brains. It lurks like a bully. It grows ever larger in the mirror. It’s a constant menace. I’ve fixated on my
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Are You Voting for Love?

We’ve certainly heard enough about hatred this campaign season and all kinds of other negative notions to despair over. The thing is, I don’t see our choice as a party choice or a platform choice. Our vote is a choice on behalf of our nation’s soul. In addition to the long laundry list of astonishing
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