Gratitude for a Life Well Lived

Yesterday, I buried a friend and teacher of many years. She was older, but hardly “old,” at least not from my perspective. Sadly, she had an unusually limited amount of time in which to deal with her impending death. In fact, the duration from diagnosis to demise was exactly five weeks. In those weeks, however, she continued her role as a brave teacher, living life well and wisely. From the very beginning of the 35-day process, her dying was marked by two repeated sentiments. The first was that it really was a......

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Opening Day and My Father

Baseball season opens this week. Yes, hope springs eternal. We made it through winter even if winter wants to hang on a few more days. It is the start of new careers for players and the opportunity for new beginnings for players who had a bad season last year. What makes baseball so much fun is you never know how the arduous 162 game regular-season and three-tier playoff series system (that can extend the season by up to 19 more games for teams that reach the World Series) will play out. Underdogs......

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Video: Finding New Solutions - Why the Hobby Lobby Case is Bigger than Freedom of Religion

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. This is a moment to examine not just what “freedom of religion” means, but how to find new solutions as well. When it concerns the toughest questions, the new answers we seek rarely come from grilling the other person about what they believe… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance,......

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How the Big Bang Brought Big Joy

Imagine how you would feel if years of curiosity, perseverance, creativity, love of learning, and faith were rewarded with confirmation of everything you believed! Well, last week, a team of scientists announced that the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole detected gravitational waves that could be traced to a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, providing evidence to a theory about the universe’s expansion called Inflation. Stay with me now, as I am a lot like you. While I got an A+ in Astronomy for Poets at Columbia University......

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What If Your Teen Is Caught Sharing Sexy Selfies?

Teens getting drunk at parties is nothing new, and by now, neither is the even more disturbing (though thankfully less common) practice among teenagers of sexting. However, a recent article from psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow reports that it isn’t just sexting; many kids are sharing explicit photos of themselves online. Dr. Ablow offered some parenting advice which I found myself both sympathetic to, and genuinely upset by. He suggests: Regular drug-testing, Confiscation of cell phones, Removal of internet connectivity, Temporary suspension from school, Intensive psychotherapy. But that’s it. That is all he......

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The Spirit of March Madness

Have you even wondered why March Madness – seemingly just a series of college basketball games played by athletes, the vast majority of whom we will never hear about again – captures our imagination in a way unparalleled by any other major American sports tournament? Here is my Elite Eight list of reasons: Passion – Players are not playing for money (even if schools are) and you can feel the intensity, sacrifice, hard work, energy, and love that capture the meaning of amateur – “lover of”. Community – Between university bands, insane......

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Video: Putin's Annexation of Crimea and the "Humiliation Excuse"

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: Last week Vladimir Putin led Russia in the annexation of Crimea, the latest move in the international crisis unfolding between Russia and Ukraine. According to Brad Hirschfield, humiliation “is used time and again around the globe to justify some of the most horrific things”, but “faith should help us appreciate the eternal, unbendable, unshakeable human dignity that each of us possesses regardless of what those around us do or have done to us in the past.” Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in......

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Are You Being Heard, or Just Being Loud?

Talking past each other is a human problem which affects us all. More often than not, it afflicts us with those about whom we care most. If we didn’t care, there would be no conflict. We would just walk away. I came across a recent example, concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church.?Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of developing some wonderful relationships with senior leaders in the Church and I have learned much from them about many things, including the practice......

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Character Day is Today!

Can you learn to be kinder and braver? Can practice make you more persistent, more optimistic, and more compassionate? Is it possible to cultivate your curiosity and creativity, widen your perspective, and strengthen your resilience? These are important questions for us individually and collectively as we work on what it means to flourish as human beings in the 21st century.? For millennia, religions and wisdom traditions understood that their “job to get done” was to help people develop these strengths and virtues. Today, we are beginning to have the social science and......

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Creating Conversation: A Visit with Conservatives

How often do you spend time listening to people with whom you believe you have serious differences in worldview and policy? Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be at a breakfast sponsored by AEI – The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank whose stated mission is “to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism – limited government private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.” Glenn Hubbard, chairman of......

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