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Sustaining the long note

Sustaining the long note

From filmmaker Michael More: “This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. In those cases, we...
Busy, Busy, Busy

Busy, Busy, Busy

It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain...
Blame it on the Cupcakes

Blame it on the Cupcakes

In Karen Armstrong’s book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life she quotes Confucius, who said that the family is the first school of compassion. I’ve been thinking lately about how that applied to my family. Three things that  I learned when I was three —...
Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse

One question that always, always, always arises when we are out and about talking about compassion concerns the anger in public discourse. How can we re-learn how to discuss important and controversial issues without resorting to shouting and name calling? Christopher...