Sunday, July 31, 2016

How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation

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July 31, 2016

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How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

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How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation

Today's cell phones threaten to hinder humanity rather than help unless we take control of our behavior and put people first. In her new book, "Reclaiming Conversation," MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle, author of the bestseller "Alone Together," explores the social effects of cell phones and the importance of honoring and protecting the quality of conversation in our everyday lives. In this interview, Turkle talks about cell phone habits that can harm our interactions with others and affect our capacity for empathy and intimacy. Taking out phones during conversations, using them to combat boredom, texting to avoid emotional confrontations, over-using social media, and prioritizing e-mails over face-to-face interactions at work all can have negative effects. There is hope, however; we can choose to prioritize real conversation and live in harmony with technology. Through research, Turkle tells us how. { read more }

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For tips on how to stop checking your phone so frequently, click here: { more }


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Tale of Two Americas and the Mini-Mart Where They Collided

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A Tale of Two Americas and the Mini-Mart Where They Collided

There is a hard law. When an injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.

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A Tale of Two Americas and the Mini-Mart Where They Collided

Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation. { read more }

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Take this opportunity to practice finding forgiveness in your heart for someone or something in your life that has been difficult to view with compassion. For more inspiration here is an inspiring interview on 'The Forgiveness of Unforgivable Acts.' { more }


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Street Poets: The Community Cure for a Violent Culture

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Street Poets: The Community Cure for a Violent Culture

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.

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Street Poets: The Community Cure for a Violent Culture

For twenty years, Chris Henrikson has been using the power of poetry to reach and transform at-risk youths and students in classrooms and on the streets. What started as a writing workshop in a juvenile detention camp with six kids has grown to a program serving over 600 young people a year. At its core, Street Poets offers kids a safe space to open up, tell their stories, and discover and share their gifts. It has also been a way for some to purge difficult emotions and demons so they don't have to resort to violence anymore. The end effect has been felt both in individuals and the community. Henrikson shares stories of transformation and triumph over tragedy in this interview. { read more }

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Get inspired -- read or listen to a sampling of the Street Poets' works. { more }


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Disarming a Robbery... With a Glass of Wine

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Disarming a Robbery... With a Glass of Wine

 
A celebratory backyard dinner party was winding down when an intruder pointed a gun at the head of a 14-year old guest, and subsequently, at the heads of other guests. "Give me your money, or I'll start shooting," he demanded. The situation was getting incredibly tense, when one of the guests did something simple, yet extraordinary. Watch what happens when a customary script is flipped.

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