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“Emily Dickinson is one of feminism’s boldest voices. What often gets lost is her relentless reimagining of masculinity.”

Our culture celebrates masculine gruffness and aggression. But what about masculine affection? In the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a devotee finds strength to love freely, and a new kind of masculinity.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/ben-bagocius-emily-dickinsons-agility-training-for-men/8676
Our culture celebrates masculine gruffness and aggression. But what about masculine affection? In the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a devotee finds strength to love freely, and a new kind of masculinity.
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"There’s much I don’t know about birds and trees, but this I know for sure: they don’t wonder or worry about whether their lives have meaning."

Trying to answer the existential question of worth is inevitable, but flawed. With words from Czeslaw Milosz as his guide, Parker J. Palmer on the question we need not answer and the ultimate definition of love.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-the-big-question-does-my-life-have-meaning/8673
Trying to answer the existential question of worth is inevitable, but flawed. With words from Czeslaw Milosz as his guide, Parker Palmer on the question we need not answer and the ultimate definition of love.
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"The beauty of the Camino for me has been that you could put technology aside and leave the world back home. In its place, you immerse yourself in solitude, the kindness of strangers, fellowship, and conversation with your fellow travelers."

The Camino de Santiago is a well-trodden path for pilgrimage and silent reflection with other wayfarers. But with the increasingly ubiquitous presence of Wi-Fi, is it encroaching on the aspects of what makes the adventure special?

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/douglas-challenger-walking-the-camino-in-the-age-of-wi-fi/8653
The Camino de Santiago is a well-trodden path for pilgrimage and silent reflection with other wayfarers. But with the increasingly ubiquitous presence of Wi-Fi, is it encroaching on the aspects of what makes the adventure special?
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"Our familial origins propel us, of course, but so do other encounters: the teacher who took extra care, the neighbor who complimented a jump shot, the old woman who endowed a scholarship fund, the master who encouraged a novice... The deeper the need, perhaps, the more crucial the meeting."

The desire to write and to read isn't always handed down, but a single encounter may be all it takes to propel one forward. Sarah Smarsh on meeting novelist Anne Rice​ with her mother in a Kansas bookstore – and finding possibility in encounter.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/sarah-smarsh-fighting-to-be-heard-the-deeper-need-to-read-and-encounter/8657
The desire to write and to read isn't always handed down, but a single encounter may be all it takes to propel one forward. Sarah Smarsh on meeting Anne Rice with her mother in a Kansas bookstore.
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"I weep for him because I yearn for the presence, the touch, the glance, the teaching of people like him, people who keep us in traditions. I worry that without them, we lose our connection to all that is lovely and beautiful."

We mourn people whom we have never met at a personal level. But why? Our columnist Omid Safi with a loving in memoriam for Daniel Berrigan, an exemplar of fierce love and radical faith, a man he never met.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-the-saint-i-never-met/8648
We mourn people whom we have never met at a personal level. But why? Our columnist pens a loving in memoriam for Fr. Daniel Berrigan, an exemplar of fierce love and radical faith, a man he never met.
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"The number one objective of my Olympic pursuit was to heal a broken soul."

Gold medalist Billy Mills set a world record in the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Games. In the inaugural episode of our newest podcast, Creating Our Own Lives, he shares how running created a refuge for spirituality and personal growth. And he recounts a mystical story uniting his father's words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line in Tokyo.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/lily-percy-olympians-are-chosen-by-the-gods-billy-mills/8686
Gold medalist Billy Mills tells his redemptive story of how running healed his "broken soul" and saved his life. And he shares a mystical story uniting his father's words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line.
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"I’d like for us to learn to have a more generous and kind understanding of what it means to have a successful life, one that is not about individual accumulation of goodies, but actually about the transformation of communities. It’s bathed in humility. And it’s practical."

After a lifetime of learning and loving and losing, Omid Safi shares a few — five, to be precise — practical lessons with you and recent college graduates about what it means to lead a successful life. (Oh, and watch his commencement speech at Colgate at the end... it's funny, and brilliant!)

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-the-problematic-idea-of-success/8682
After a lifetime of learning and loving and losing, Omid Safi shares a few — five, to be precise — practical lessons to you and recent college graduates about what it means to lead a successful life.
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For those of you with limited time, Trent Gilliss suggests a few things worth taking in this weekend when you have a few extra moments: a master class on the art of conversation with Krista; a powerful essay on what a viral video about harassment of female sports reporters didn't tell you; and words from four men with four very different incomes and the lives they can afford.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-when-our-sadness-is-more-than-just-a-silly-feeling/8656
When grief or hardship strike, they are best borne out in solidarity. Trent Gilliss serves up readings on our collective sorrow and celebration in the passing of our heroes, and taking a new perspective on the grit of beauty, nature, and family.
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"This cult of motherhood reduces women to the function of motherhood. I wonder if we are honoring women as women, women as fully human, or if it reduces women to the functions of reproduction and child-rearing."

Do we place women on an unrealistic pedestal when we celebrate Mother's Day? Omid Safi on honoring motherhood in its fullest, most human sense, and moving to an ethics of care for all, whether family or fellow human beings.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-more-than-mother-s-day-acknowledging-the-full-spectrum-of-caretaking/8660
Do we place women on an unrealistic pedestal when we celebrate Mother's Day? Omid Safi on honoring motherhood in its fullest, most human sense, and moving to an ethics of care for all, whether family or fellow human beings.
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“The miracle of human accomplishment and enlightenment has been a cumulative effort with all the great cultures of the world contributing their collective genius to the incandescent flame of progress.”

Our cultural treasures of music, art, and literature can bind us together. But in an era of interconnectedness, our art can also be woven together with our statecraft. Mohammed Fairouz cautions against cultural appropriation by charting the story of our universal cultural heritage, from the court of ancients to the modern day.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/mohammed-fairouz-the-arc-of-history-bends-towards-radiance/8652
Our cultural treasures of music, art, and literature can bind us together. But in an era of interconnectedness, our art can also be woven together with our statecraft. Mohammed Fairouz charts the story of our universal cultural heritage, from the court of ancients to the modern day.
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"We are social creatures, shaped by our relationships and sense of belonging to one another."

From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what's happening in our collective culture –with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-from-game-of-thrones-to-syrian-refugees-finding-the-courage-to-be-whole-and-the-community-to-listen
From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what's happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.
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