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Hospitality

You don’t have to love or forgive or feel compassion to extend hospitality. But it’s more than an invitation. It is the creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy space — an atmosphere as much as a place.  187 more words

A repost of a blog post from June 4, 2013:

Military leadership 101: Set the standard

Politicizing the military chain of command continued full-throttle with today’s Senate Armed Forces Committee grilling of the Joint Chiefs of Staff over the recent spate of high-profile sexual assault cases.  2,600 more words

General Interest

Welcome to the New Normal . .

Welcome, my friends! Welcome to the new normal! We seemingly have forgotten how to be civil, not just in our physical contact, but in our discourse as well. 1,143 more words

Attitude

I try to be nice

Last night it was cold enough to deter me from an outdoor run. So I bundled up the Tyr bag and headed down to the Vaughn Center with the idea to run a series of 400s on the track. 1,330 more words

Patience

A long, patient view of time will replenish our sense of our capacities and our hope for the world. ~ Krista Tippet, Civil Conversation Project… 259 more words

On Irritation, Or, How Social Networks Tend To Make Us Slightly More Assholic

In the last couple of months, I’ve found myself reflecting on irritation. What is it? It’s one of our most recognisable reactions to the world, yet it’s hard to be precise about what it is. 690 more words

Thinking

Jokers and Clowns Abound

The bulk of this piece was originally published as “Stuck in the Middle” in 2012. It is being posted again in honor of several prominent, and long serving, politicians who would be vying for joker and clown of the year awards if everyone in the middle were allowed to vote on the matter. 1,159 more words

Politics