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[25 Nov 2014]
Gratitude for the Healers

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson A recent issue of The Atlantic  asked the question “What was the Greatest Gift of All Time?” Not surprisingly, people’s answer to that question was impacted by their experience. The director of philanthropic giving for The Smithsonian named James Smithson, who gifted his entire estate to ‘found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation named Edsel Ford’s gift to Detroit of Diego Rivera’s masterpiece Man and Machine. The columnist Amy Dickinson went big and small: She writes “God did send his only son to Earth to heal us. But then there’s the green Spyder bike my mom gave me when I was 8. I don’t put these gifts on the same level, but that bike was great." (“The Atlantic, December 2014) Dickinson’s comments struck me in particular. Partly because I too ...

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[18 Nov 2014]
December’s Sky

by Paul Hettinga Every December sky must lose its faith in leaves And dream of the spring inside the trees How heavy the empty heart How light the heart that's full Sometimes, I have to trust what I can't know… And so starts Beth Nielsen Chapman’s song “Every December Sky”. It’s a metaphor about death and life, reminding us that in letting go we die to the past giving us the hope of springing forth into new life. It’s a message that I love in concept but resist in my daily life. I find myself clinging to the old leaves as they continue to wither and die hoping for just a little more, a little longer or thinking that if I just hang on a little longer, it will get better. It isn’t easy to let go for sure! It also isn’t easy to dream of the spring inside the trees when it’s dark, cold, lonely or depressing ...

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