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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.
For most of his life, my grandfather woke up clean and came home dirty. In between, he accomplished things that were nothing short of miraculous. Some days he might re-shingle a roof. Or rebuild a motor. Or maybe run electricity out to our barn. He helped build the church I went to as a kid, and the farmhouse my brothers and I grew up in. He could fix or build anything, but to my knowledge he never once read the directions. He just knew how stuff worked.
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When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

- Kahlil Gibran, from “On Joy and Sorrow” as quoted in response to this magnificent post by Parker Palmer about creating a supple heart.
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Photo by Joe Valtierra
Photo by Joe Valtierra

Photo by Joe Valtierra

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Witness this classy gesture from Ryan, a 12-year-old boy attending a Red Sox game. Rather than keeping a foul ball for himself, he immediately hands it to the young girl behind him. So smooth.

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Imani Winds play the first movement from Paquito D’Rivera’s “Kites” and make it sound so effortless.

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Oh, Thelonious. 3 a.m. and your piano sings so clearly.

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Majestic.
smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Ballooning in Bagan
Photo by Zay Yar Lin (Yangon, Myanmar); Bagan, Mandalay, Myanmar
Majestic.
smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Ballooning in Bagan
Photo by Zay Yar Lin (Yangon, Myanmar); Bagan, Mandalay, Myanmar

Majestic.

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Ballooning in Bagan

Photo by Zay Yar Lin (Yangon, Myanmar); Bagan, Mandalay, Myanmar

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A little bit of joy for your Friday evening melody :)

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It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.
- Billy Collins, from his poem "On Turning Ten"
Tagged: #childhood
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To talk about spaces in a diminishing way actually means that you devalue the people there, and it becomes very easy to treat them and their neighborhoods as fungible.
- Imani Perry, from her interview with Krista Tippett at Chautauqua. Can’t wait to launch this in the podcast next week!
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We are in the final stages of producing our episode with the classical superstar cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. After more than a decade working on this radio project, I continue to marvel at Krista Tippett’s prowess in creating conversational spaces with the most famous of people and in the magic of the production process. This interview demonstrates how the crafting of a podcast and a radio program can elevate a conversation and elevate the mind. Here’s a two-minute preview to whet the appetite!

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Because while on the one hand I am training my sons to develop resilience in the face of the racial injustice they will encounter, I am also training them to approach the world with full recognition and appreciation of the wide spectrum of human beings, some of whom are quite different from them. They know that they have an ethical responsibility to humanity, animal life, and nature, to care beyond their immediate experiences. We talk about gender and sexual orientation and disability and mental health, along with race, ethnicity, and language. They are encouraged to be critical and analytical, to use those enormous imaginations to journey into the interior lives of others. Together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth. If we grow the babies up right, they just might redeem us all.
- Imani Perry in "Teaching Trayvon."
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I choose awe over bureaucracy today and every day that I have the luxury to do so.
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"Truth is, despite the fact that I’m surrendering, I actually win. You’ll have my money, but I’ll have the most valuable and rare of currencies to me these days: my time. It’s a modern spiritual reclamation. I choose the chance that I’ll be able to do something sacred with my time — watch Maya try to figure out how Velcro works, hand write a letter to my mom, write an essay that matters to a stranger — rather than battle boringly on and on with faceless, nameless you. In that way, I suppose I’m a believer in practical love over financial principle."
—Courtney E. Martin, from her weekly column
"Truth is, despite the fact that I’m surrendering, I actually win. You’ll have my money, but I’ll have the most valuable and rare of currencies to me these days: my time. It’s a modern spiritual reclamation. I choose the chance that I’ll be able to do something sacred with my time — watch Maya try to figure out how Velcro works, hand write a letter to my mom, write an essay that matters to a stranger — rather than battle boringly on and on with faceless, nameless you. In that way, I suppose I’m a believer in practical love over financial principle."
—Courtney E. Martin, from her weekly column

"Truth is, despite the fact that I’m surrendering, I actually win. You’ll have my money, but I’ll have the most valuable and rare of currencies to me these days: my time. It’s a modern spiritual reclamation. I choose the chance that I’ll be able to do something sacred with my time — watch Maya try to figure out how Velcro works, hand write a letter to my mom, write an essay that matters to a stranger — rather than battle boringly on and on with faceless, nameless you. In that way, I suppose I’m a believer in practical love over financial principle."

—Courtney E. Martin, from her weekly column

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"The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work."
~Mike Rowe

On this Labor Day, I return to this smart testimony about the value of work, the skills gap, and our need to return to the reverence for a deeper meaning of vocation and skills. A powerful few minutes I’d highly recommend watching.

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