My Annual Christmas Eve Post for 2020

Many of my friends here in Vermont see winter as a time to pull out the skis, the sleds, the toboggans and hit the hills. Not me. Over the past few decades, I’ve come to see winter as a time … Read More

GIVING TUESDAY is coming

You know the Statue of Liberty. You know its story. You know how it stands at the mouth of the Hudson River, a beacon to immigrants for over a century. I’ve climbed her stairs a few times over the years … Read More

Treating Racism Like CoVid-19: Step Four

Subtitle: While introducing you to the new man in our life. Remember this poster? Under the BLACK LIVES MATTER headline, it reads, TREAT RACISM LIKE COVID-19 and she gives us four steps to do this. So, far, I’ve gotten three … Read More

My Second C: Compassion

We continue today with my mini series on the three words that have woven themselves into much of my work of late:  Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage. Today it’s COMPASSION’s turn. Merriam-Webster defines this noun as the  “sympathetic consciousness of others’ … Read More

Examining American Scapegoating

This is George Floyd’s face. Most of us know of him from the viral video of his death under the knee of  Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis policeman. Or from the news media coverage this past week. Or from social … Read More

Keeping the coronavirus in the BAG

Another acronym has found me. They do that alot, from my use of CD (first for Cultural Differences, then for Civil Discourse) to my three Cs — curiosity, compassion, and courage — and to my new book LEAPFROG (How to … Read More

Another 50 Year Look Back

Surely you recognize this photo by now. It is the hill near Taylor Hall where National Guardsmen, many not much older than the students down below, opened fire, killing four and wounding nine. Here’s what I wrote two years ago … Read More

The Power of Music: CoViD-19 Day 40

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a little while. Elton John And Nelson Mandela once said that music “has the power to elevate and liberate us.” Same idea, yes?  That is what … Read More

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