What does joy mean to you?

  In my last Viewsletter, I referred to the Book of Joy, published in 2016, which condenses a week’s worth of discussions between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama into a compendium of wisdom. In today’s complicated world, I believe it’s worth looking at joy,...

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A time for JOY

The two men reflect on their personal experiences and outline what they call the eight pillars of joy. In re-reading the book, I was struck by how relevant these pillars are today as we navigate a new way of being in the world....

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Why can’t we all just get along?

Diversity and pluralism have informed America’s identity for generations. In these two principles, we celebrate the fullness of our humanity: the similarities as well as the differences that make us the individuals we are. Yet today we are short-changing that humanity by confusing social labels...

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What two weeks in Japan taught me about walls

My wife and I just returned from a two-week vacation in Japan. The trip took us from Tokyo through the Japanese countryside, where we stayed in Ryokans: the small, country inns that capture the traditional essence of rural Japan. A few days later, we wound up in Kyoto...

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The Problem with Human Resources

I just read a piece in The New York Times Sunday business section called “The Pull of Heavy industry.” It features Alex Kummant, the CEO of Amtrak. When asked about what keeps him up at night (besides his 4 month old), he said, “human resources issues.”

Down with Individuals (Not!)

A recent, front page article in The New York Times about French
identity reported that the French Conservative candidate for president,
Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to establish a new arm of the government – a
ministry of “immigration and national identity.” At the same time,