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Nine Kinds of Generous

“Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of being in the world, and there are kinds and grades of each,” writes Paul Goodman in the Nine Kinds of Silence. “There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy; the sober silence that goes with a solemn animal face; the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts; the alive silence of alert perception, ready to say, “This… this…”; the musical silence that accompanies absorbed activity; the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear; the noisy ... Read More »

Giving Thanks: An Act of Self-Care

How do you give thanks when you are feeling low? In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, I lacked my usual enthusiasm, instead passively waiting for Thursday to arrive. Last year, my aunt brought a gratitude journal to dinner to record our collective thoughts. Everyone more-or-less wrote the same things: health, happiness, family and iPhones. But this year my family weathered some severe storms: aggressive cancer treatments, substance abuse and addiction, debilitating depression and anxiety and much more. I expect the mood will be different at dinner ... Read More »

Christmas is a Game Changer

I love Thanksgiving. What is better than a whole day devoted to food? Eating being one of the more proficient hobbies of mine, I’m in heaven with the preparation and the tradition of it all. It is of course the kickoff of the holidays, and as the Food Network so cleverly coined, “Seasons Eatings” is upon us. But of late it appears Thanksgiving has been eclipsed by consumerism—surprise! Eating a turkey and some stuffing is something you do while biding time to rush into the stores at three in the ... Read More »

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. I might even say that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the simplicity of it. Spending all day lounging on the couch or cooking in the kitchen, all while the TV plays football in the background. The only things on your agenda are eating a big meal, playing games and never leaving the house. It’s the one day in which it’s socially acceptable—even encouraged—for adults to take a nap. How could you not love a day like that? But I’ve noticed more and more over ... Read More »

Enter With Thanksgiving

Reverend Tom Berlin has invited us to take the 30 minute Thanksgiving challenge  he shared with us on Sunday. It begins with this Psalm: Psalm 100 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the ... Read More »

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