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The Library: Agency of Change

As a public librarian, I’ve given a great deal of thought to what the public library means to me.  First of all, it is one of the most democratic institutions in our country.  For no money beyond taxes anyone can … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: From the Mouths of Babes

I grew up white in the 60s in the South, and my grandparents had a full time maid. Her name was Ruth. I was the youngest of five children and we lived within walking distance, so I got to know … Continue reading

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Ecology: Standing on the Side of Love

Almost three weeks ago, the Atlanta area experienced an “extreme weather event”, the effects of which were so catastrophic that they made national news.  People were stranded for hours on the icy roads, in freezing temperatures, without food or water.  … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve – (Eternity): Measure the Year

The optimal way to experience this multimedia devotional is to click play on the video and let the music play as you read…  Music: “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent; music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Rabbi Harold Kushner … Continue reading

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Advent (Hope): On the Horizon

“For the great human family, it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying.  The horizon of hope!  This is the horizon that makes a good journey.” ~ Pope Francis, Dec. 1, 2013  We have … Continue reading

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Storehouse: Ownership and Attendance

In her poem “Winter and a Nuthatch”, Mary Oliver sings the story of her relationship with a little bird that she, over time, coaxed down from a tree into her hand for food in the bitter winter.  One day she … Continue reading

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Harvest: Sharing Your Gifts

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”  ~ Anne Frank From a single seed can grow a tree that will bear fruit to nourish us year after year.  So too can the gifts … Continue reading

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Renewal: Consume or Create?

After a couple of stories recently on NPR about businesses and charities that are trying to do their work in “out of the box” sort of ways, it occurred to me that in my experience with the business world, there … Continue reading

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Renewal: Our Work Connects Us

When our children were small, some of their friends convinced them that it was a shame that their parents had to pay taxes for public schools since they went to private schools.  Our children came home and repeated that as … Continue reading

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