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Commusings: The Rabbit Hole with Jules Evans

commusings Nov 20, 2020

Two weeks ago, I escaped the UK’s pestilential winter and flew to Costa Rica. I am not entirely proud of this decision – I feel I somehow dodged the draft. On the other hand, it’s really lovely here and I’m supporting the economy, which has been badly hit by the tourism slump.

At one of the first places I stayed in, the proprietor surprised me by urging me to take off my...

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Podcast: Healing Through Understanding with Elena Brower

podcast Nov 17, 2020

 

When we say, “The nation needs to heal,” what does that actually look like on a personal level? In today’s conversation with yoga teacher Elena Brower, we discuss how to re-grow the roots of civil conversation and connect on a level deeper than our deep-seated political identities. And she shares how she offers understanding and love while not forgoing accountability...

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Commusings: Urgent Kindness by Elena Brower

commusings Nov 15, 2020

What will you remember of this time? What would you like to forget? 

Etched in my mind are the masked random meetings, the awkward, hugless greetings, the fleeting freedom we thought we felt when the pandemic subsided, only to be shocked by another surge. Back into hibernation we go; a fresh, strange displacement. 

I’ll also never forget the days of late May and early June when a...

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Commusings: Communion

commusings Nov 08, 2020

I grew up without much religion. I briefly attended the Unitarian Church as a result of a negotiation between my parents to placate their respective families. My mother was raised Methodist from strong Midwestern stock. My father is Jewish, and is bald, fancies rye bread and lives in Southern Florida if you need further proof.

I remember the Unitarian church as a feelgood operation, a bit like...

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Commusings: A Solemn Pledge

commusings Nov 01, 2020

In 1987, I ran for high school president. It was a hotly contested race with many worthy candidates. I ran on a populist, if flimsy, platform of pizza Fridays and Van Halen on the snack bar jukebox. My campaign relied heavily on superlative slogans: Krasno Knows, JPK All the Way, It’s About Jeffin’ Time. And we made appeals to foreign-language speakers with Jeff Pour Le Chef and...

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Podcast: A Mindful Nation with Rep. Tim Ryan

podcast Oct 30, 2020

Rep. Tim Ryan (D) is the congressman from Ohio’s 13th district and former presidential candidate. He is a daily meditator and the author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. Ryan is also a proponent of regenerative agriculture as a technique to sequester carbon and revitalize American agriculture.

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Commusings: Be Ready (A Birth Story)

commusings Oct 24, 2020

Schuyler and I have been hitched at the hip for 32 years of otherworldly bliss, over three decades of polkadots and moonbeams. Do you want to know the secret? Sure, you do. Don’t tell anyone but…

We have sex almost every day! 

Almost on Monday. Almost on Tuesday… 

[Insert ba-dum-dum-ching]

This flaccid dad joke was Wayne Dyer’s opening line for years. He...

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Podcast: Love and Rage with Lama Rod Owens

podcast Oct 23, 2020

Lama Rod Owens is a Buddhist minister, Black activist, and author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger. As he says in this podcast, "Anger is the bodyguard for hurt." Anger wakes us up to what is happening inside ourselves, but it also requires stepping back into a space of reflection before fiercely stepping forward to address the source of our pain.

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Commusings: Good Grief

commusings Oct 17, 2020
Ever since the baby was born, Terri never quite felt herself. The weight she gained during pregnancy gnawed at her. The fabric of her marriage was threadbare. Her degree in social work hung cock-eyed and dusty on the wall. She had seen a doctor who had scripted her a second-generation anti-depressant. And now it was as if there were a thin gauze layered between her and the world. Colors...
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Can Americans Like Each Other Again? with Ash Ambirge

podcast Oct 16, 2020

A native of New Milford, Pennsylvania, author Ash Ambirge often serves as a translator, of sorts, between the languages of “rural America” and “coastal elite America.” In this conversation, Jeff and Ash discuss the hidden human needs behind voters’ embrace of Trump, and how mutual understanding can offer a path to a more productive conversation.

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