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Paddle Down the River in this Giant Pumpkin Race!

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If our crazy times are leaving you overwhelmed and itching for something to do, here are some folks who can inspire you to have a look around and see what you can get into for some big fun! Could a giant orange squash, weighing in at over 1,000 pounds, be your next ride down the river? With a little time, a sprinkle of creativity, and an eye for just the right pumpkin, you too could be joining this crew of folks in a race for the ages! By Sam Burns Read Article

Voting as an Expression of Love and Gratefulness

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"Though we typically think of voting in purely political terms, we can think about every choice we make as a vote and every moment in our lives as an election. We vote with our bodies, energy, money, time, attention, and more. How do our choices reflect our values and our vision for the world? When we explore voting and democracy as ongoing opportunities to choose our values and participate in collective decision-making by adding our individual voice to the voices of others, we ground them in grateful living." Here is a timely post along with related resources from the Gratefulness Team. Read Article

Creating Magic from Fragments

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For all of us who have ever gathered a collections of fragments, scraps and bits; formed them into little beings and spent precious magical moments with these friends we've formed. This bittersweet little gem is for us. Watch Video

How Inequality Keeps People from Voting

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Research suggests that more economic and racial equality means more voting—and more voting means more equality. “We’re all in the same boat.” That’s a phrase we’ve heard over and over again since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, we all live under the threat of a deadly disease—and a majority of Americans have adhered to public health guidelines asking us to stay at home as much as possible and wear masks when we leave. In that sense, we are in the boat together. By Jeremy Adam Smith , Teja Pattabhiraman At the same time, however, millions of Americans lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic lockdown. Millions more are living under the threat of reduced hours or layoffs. Racial differences sharpen the hardship. For example, 61% of laid-off white women ultimately got new jobs—but only 34% of Black women did, according to Labor Department data through August. As unemployment benefits end, the country’s most affluent workers have largely bounce

The Perfect COVID Outing: Welcome Back to the Drive-In!

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Looking for a socially distanced activity that is fun, family-friendly, and safe? Find a good parking spot and let us guide you through a flashback under the stars that will leave you feeling hopeful—no matter what decade you live in! Can an activity that peaked in popularity 70 years ago connect us to one another now in the modern pandemic age? All across the world, people are rediscovering the magic of sitting in a car, turning up the dial on their stereo, and watching lights dance across a large screen. While drive-in theaters aren’t new, they serve as a beacon of nostalgia and hope for us in a time where we all need something to celebrate! Park yourself somewhere comfy and grab some snacks—we’re going to the movies, COVID-style! By Renee Laroche-Rheaume Read Article

Last Child in the Woods

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"Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature." More from Richard Louv in this excerpt from his celebrated book, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Read Article

I Am One of Everybody

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"This bright red coat warms me in winter not only because of what it's made from but also because of what its covered with: hundreds of signatures, all scribbled in black or silver ink. Last time I counted, people had signed my coat in at least eight languages besides English, from Arabic to Hindi to Dakota to Chinese. Most of the signers have been complete strangers to me. What they've had in common is a hunger to belong. A desire for community."  Read the inspiring story of Phyllis Cole-Dai's 'signature red coat' here. Read Article

Family Conflict Is Normal; It’s the Repair That Matters

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Here's how to navigate the inevitable tension and disconnection in family relationships. Three months into the pandemic, I had the urge to see my 28-year-old daughter and her husband, 2,000 miles away. She had weathered an acute health crisis, followed by community protests that propelled them both onto the streets to serve food and clean up neighborhoods. They were coping, but the accumulation of challenges made the mom in me want to connect with and support them. So, together with my husband, my other daughter, and her husband, our family of six adults and two dogs formed a new pod inside my daughter’s home in the steamy heat of the Minneapolis summer. By Diana Divecha As I packed, a wisp of doubt crept in. We six hadn’t lived together under the same roof, ever. Would I blow it? Would I “flap my lips,” as a friend calls it, and accidentally say something hurtful? Some time back, in a careless moment of exhaustion, I had insulted my brand-new s

The Very Curious Way Robins Keep Their Nest So Clean!

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When a nest of robins took up residence on this reporter’s porch, she had more than a few questions for her new neighbors. One of those questions lead her down a rabbit hole of curiosity that you might just want to know the answer to as well! As reporter Estelle Caswell chronicled the happenings of her new neighbors this year, she had a few questions for her loud, fledging porch dwellers. As the residents of the robin’s nest on her front stoop grew, something started to weigh heavy on her. With so many chicks crowded into such a small space… why was it so clean? Where was all the poop?! By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber Read Article

Climate in the Boardroom

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"How does one witness to business people about climate change? Climate change is a problem for the collective and the long term, whereas business often requires a ruthless focus on the individual and the quarter. Climate change is an ethical catastrophe whose solution almost certainly requires a profoundly moral response, but talk of morality in the boardroom is often regarded with profound suspicion. Reconciling these tensions has forced me to navigate between worlds in an ongoing attempt to persuade business people that solving climate change is both an economic and a moral necessity, and that the purpose of business is not only to make money but also to support the institutions that will enable us to build a sustainable world. This has not always been easy." Economist and Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson shares more. Read Article

How Humility Can Help Us Bridge Our Political Divides

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With so much political division, we may need to practice more modesty to communicate and cooperate. Many Americans worry about the political divide tearing our country apart. A large percentage are unwilling to engage with people who have opposing political views, and that’s creating more animosity. By Jill Suttie This is especially worrying considering how many crises we’re facing—a pandemic, racial injustice, climate degradation—that require cooperation, trust, and solutions a diverse citizenry can get behind. How can we find a way across our divide and come together for common cause? At Greater Good , we’ve been studying and writing about various ways to bridge divides, putting together tools to help people connect. But there may be one key character trait that’s necessary for applying those tools in a constructive way: humility. “Humility is a kind of a master virtue that can pull along other virtues if people develop it,” says humility researcher Ev

Are Clowns Making Us Healthier?

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Could a clown actually improve your health? For thousands of people in hospitals around the globe, these funny characters are their ticket to success! With a surprising range of benefits, medical clowns are improving how we approach healthcare. Check it out! Can we bring more humanity into healthcare? More connection? More giggles? Less stress? All around the world, healthcare centers are adding another employee to the staff who may seem a bit out of place in the sterile life of medicine: clowns! By Sam Burns Read Article

Thomas Merton and the Language of Life

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"By listening closely to nature, we can hear an organized energy of life, full of patterns and meaning, that speaks to us. According to scholar Elizabeth Sewell, we experience our environment as alive and speaking to us in a great variety of linguistic forms, such as an alphabet, grammar, syntax, cipher, book, and secret language. This is probably because language renders us conscious, envelops the world in consciousness, and gives the world life within us. We think with the objects of the world, and we give them a life within us. The language of life asks for our ears and calls for our souls." More in this evocative essay. Read Article

An Evolutionary Transition is Coming-- Are You Ready?

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Through the evolution of human consciousness, cultural evolution has the potential to move from being a largely unconscious process pushed forward by our biological conditioning to a fully conscious process pulled forward by our visions of a better future. By coming to understand the process in which we're embedded, by extrapolating those trajectories we can tack more closely to the wind, charting a path which is aligned with the arrow of evolution. Read Article