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Jul. 20, 2014

At the heart of what I have learned from working with prisoners at San Quentin is what I call ‘the experience of being entrusted with someone’s pain.’ It’s a deeply human and intimate experience to discover how pain levels all status between us and teaches us how much we need each other as humans. Don’t be fooled about the roles; when two people enter that space of truth speaking—whether you are the teller or the listener—both...

incarceration, mindfulness, compassion, trauma
Community Engagement
Jul. 14, 2014

It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it. –Nelson Mandela

On his birthday, July 18th, the Nelson Mandela Foundation invites all of us to celebrate Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes—one minute for each of Mandela’s 67 years of service to humanity—to helping others. It’s a powerful...

service, empathy, Nelson Mandela
Jul. 09, 2014

Weeding around my two-year-old blueberry bushes yesterday gave me plenty of time to worry about whether the soil around them was acidic enough for their liking. We had an exceptionally hard winter here in Three Rivers, Michigan, and I didn’t want to add “gardener error” to the list of obstacles these young ones have to overcome.

Much of what I pulled out and placed around the bushes as a layer of mulch was lamb’s sorrel...

mutuality, gardening, interdependence