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"...I'm embarrassed that I hadn't seen Jacob until another volunteer focused me on him. When I did see him, Jacob reminded me of Winnie the Pooh's ‘Eeyore’ – withdrawn, shriveled, barely noticed, barely noticeable. He seemed veiled in a sadness so dark that, like a black hole, it seemed to cloak itself and him with it...."
"On the cusp of the secular new year I sat at my dining room table with three friends, a notepad and a handful of pens, and a tealight in a little dish. As the old year waned, we planned to write down some of the things we wanted to let go of, the baggage we didn't want to carry with us into the new year...."
"...It seems an odd and arbitrary celebration. After far too many drinks, we count down to the turning of the clock from December 31st to January 1st. We hug and kiss and then often drink some more. We look to 2017 with promise and hope, if but momentarily...."
"If you're an attentive listener it's likely you'll hear the word, faith everyday. Faith is a great word for poems and speeches, and for singing aloud in places of worship. But finding something in the word that's truly relevant, truly connected with our daily lives and our sense of the world around us, is difficult...."
"...technology is not going to stop people's need for community or meaning. What will change is how people find them and how we navigate the relationship between our essential humanity and our ever-changing technology....’"
"Many people I speak with these days are talking about feeling lonely. Some of these people live alone, others with partners, and others with families of one, two or even three generations. Yet, they talk about feeling lonely and isolated...."
"If you've ever had a mystical experience and wanted to share it with others, perhaps you've run up against this common challenge: You know it was real – maybe it was the most real thing that's ever happened to you – but it's hard to communicate that sentiment without feeling a little nutty...."
"No largescale evil can be visited upon humanity, by humanity, without the complicity of bystanders. The Holocaust took place in broad daylight. Millions of people watched it unfold and told themselves they saw nothing as they turned away from its eye watering stench. It began with ideology and ended only when the Nazi war machine ground to a halt and Hitler's Third Reich was destroyed.
"Certs Breath Mints used to advertise under the motto: It's two, two, two mints in one. Well, this post is actually three, three, three posts in one. I have no other way to hold together the competing emotions and thoughts that taken me over in the last 10 days as the United States abstained when the UN Security Council voted on a resolution regarding the legality of Israeli settlements in any West Bank/Judea and Samaria territory, including Jerusalem...."
"...Right now more than ever, I want to say something profound and earth shattering. I want to have the answer to all of the ills, all of the sad, all of the pain. I want to say something that changes people’s lives. Every sermon I write, especially when talking about the brokenness in the world, I come to the same conclusion: The world, society, our country and so on, would be better if each person would go out and encounter ‘the other’ whoever that is for you. It feels so touchy-feely, kumbaya-y.