I am a huge fan of the listener-essay series, This I Believe, on NPR. With the tagline, “a public dialogue about belief–one essay at a time,” this reincarnation of a 1950’s radio show is a deep trove of thoughtful and beautiful writing, as well as a great resource for teaching and learning to write.
If you are lost or ill, [receiving a gift] is easy, but most days you are neither, so embracing extreme generosity takes some preparation….We are no good at being helpless, humble, or indebted. Being needy is not celebrated on day-time TV shows, or in self-help books. We make lousy kindees.
–Kevin Kelley, on the “eternal offer” of Christmas in, The Universe is Conspiring to Help Us
I can’t solve the problems of my community or the world, but I can mend things at hand….I see mending as a preservation of history and a proclamation of hope.
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