The First Thanksgiving: Eight Lessons for Learning from History

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The First Thanksgiving

Putting together a coherent story from evidence is hard work. No wonder we reach for story first and evidence after, unless the discipline of History can teach us better habits!

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Seven Books of Fools & Sacred Folly

What makes a fool’s day happy? And what — if anything — makes us wise?

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Bugs Bunny Stole My Cognitive Surplus!

Bugs Bunny’s first appearance, July 27th, 1940, was nominated for an academy award.

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Remebering Labor, Entering Rest

To truly make this a holiday, to truly rest in praise of the goodness, truth, & beauty of Labor Day, requires contemplation.

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Hello world!

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A National Day of Listening

Only connect. Don’t let the mundane stand in the way. Make the time. Be curious and honest, and keep an open heart. Find others to encourage and support you in this practice. It’s simple, but it can mean the world.

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Studs Terkel, 1912-2008

Studs Terkel, that great & generous soul, has passed on. For me, the voice of Studs Terkel will always symbolize a combination of passionate curiosity, prophetic conviction, and deeply generous, fatherly love. He delighted in the people of the world, and shared his delight with us.

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August, 1945

Sixty-three years ago this week, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The enormity of the event, the inhuman scale of both this power and its consequences, is nearly impossible to communicate. How can one understand the power of a thousand suns unleashed upon whole cities? It became one of the defining stories for generations […]

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Black History in June

Celebrating Juneteenth and Loving Day: freedom marches on.

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On Manifestoes

So here are some manifestos of the present day on books, education, faith, and civic life. Though their weight for good or ill, for much or little, is as yet unknown, these are some of the words that will shepherd us into our shared future.

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Why True Stories Are Important – Elie Wiesel

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

Listen to the whole testimony: A God Who Remembers

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