Archive | February, 2013

Linda Biehl | Radical forgiveness

In 1993, Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old Stanford University graduate, was a Fulbright scholar in South Africa, researching black South African women’s struggle for equality in the new constitution being negotiated to replace the apartheid government.  On August 25, she left her office to drive three colleagues home to Gugulethu, a township outside of Cape Town. En route, she was spotted by a mob marching through the township, shouting ONE SETTLER, […]

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Beth Goodman | The right to choose

In 2001, as my sister approached her 40th birthday, she decided to try one last time to give birth through in vitro fertilization—a process she had tried several times without success when she was married, a decade earlier. Although single now, her biological clock was ticking. She’d saved enough money as a self-employed floral designer to cover her medical expenses and planned to work through her pregnancy so that she could […]

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February Moon Shine

On forgiveness “Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner.”  —Max Lucado “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”―Oscar Wilde “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”―Mahatma Gandhi “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”―Martin Luther King Jr. “Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has […]

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Gordon Hempton | We save what we love

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist. He has traveled the globe three times recording the vanishing sounds and silences of nature—from the songbird chorus that greets the dawn to the crash of waves on a rocky shore; from the call of a whale in the ocean depths to the drip of rain on a forest floor. After 30 years recording the natural world, he reports that “There are fewer than […]

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