learning from E.B. White

Among the surprising discoveries I made in 2022 included the letters and thoughts of E.B. White. Best known for his children’s fiction (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, etc), he also wrote for the New Yorker for decades. And, like so many influential people in the pre-internet age, he wrote letters - where he shared thoughts both…

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As far as it is possible … peace

Romans 12.18 tells us: "If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all" (NRSV). If you've lived any length of time, or lived any length of time with another person, you know how challenging this command is. Peace with people simply does not come naturally. Competition? Yes. Correction of…

The Gift of Shalom

Have you heard of "the trust molecule"? It's a hormone scientists have identified that is associated with calmness, security, and bond-building with those we love. The hormone is called oxytocin, and it is released when we experience touch and bonding with family, friends, and even new acquaintances. In other words, our brains are wired for…