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Birmingham, Alabama

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May 21, 2019

I walked into a coffee shop to kill time and write a blog on kindness. And what do I experience immediately but a nice, young man standing at the counter. What is a cortado, I ask? And a flat white? I was struck both by the array of choices and their prices. As he described the first choice, I said I’ll have that one. And then he said, put it on my tab. Oh no, I responded. Why not, he said. So I thanked him (again and again actually as if it was so very extraordinary) and sat down with my fancy...

November 29, 2018

How do we live gratefully in these painful times? Turn on the tv, read the news, listen to a podcast/radio talk show, canvass for a candidate, talk to a friend and we may wring our hands feeling heightened anxiety, righteous anger, or both. But gratefulness? Maybe a church or synagogue offers solace and engagement. Maybe a yoga class or meditation workshop invites steadiness and clarity. Maybe the company of friends and family shore us up with laughter and warmth. Maybe civic engagement or polit...

January 4, 2018

I’ve always had a mixed reaction to this idea of blessing. Largely I reject the premise that God blesses some and not others. So when someone says she’s blessed I tend to churn inside with questions. Is this stance arrogance or gratitude? Who utters these words generally shapes my response too. Surely material prosperity is not the sum of blessings. But when someone tells me to have a blessed day I respond differently. While I may not use these words, I do feel I’ve been bestowed a gift.

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