Listening to: Bryan Stevenson (founder and ED of EJI): "We need to talk about an injustice": "In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness."

In church this past week, Rev. Pam spoke about the incredible rate of environmental destruction we are wreking on the planet, and the need for immediate and serious changes in the way we live (driving and flying less, being aware of how far away the things we eat and wear and buy are being shipped from, etc). She said, "We fear that what is needed will make our lives diminished. But what if we can save the world by living even better lives than the lives we’ve got? What if the changes we make, make us happier? What if they build richer lives and healthier communities?" I loved that, and have been thinking about it ever since....

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Recently read & enjoyed this article. The title is a it misleading - it's less about parenting then about ideas of "happiness" generally. I liked this quote:"Happiness as a byproduct of living your life is a great thing. But happiness as a goal is a recipe for disaster.” How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: "Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports."

“Loneliness is not lack of company, loneliness is lack of purpose.” - Guillermo Maldonado

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