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Video: The Power of Empathy — a quick animated clip that can make you a better person

October 3, 2015
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The distinction between empathetic and sympathetic is so important to building relationships that accumulate into strong interactive communities that work to make the individuals in those communities stronger. Sympathy is only valuable in a general way. Like charity, it has its place, but it can’t drive sustainable change in human relationships.

Originally posted on Vox Populi:

This animated clip features Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, providing some quick insights into the difference between sympathy and empathy, and explaining why empathy is much more meaningful.


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The Righteous and the Sinners

September 27, 2015


Mass religion often confuses and annoys me, but this man seems to be the real deal when it comes to following the messages of Jesus Christ. Love and mercy are his guides. That seems right to me.

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:

Jorge-Mario-Bergoglio“We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind.

“A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology, or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom, and individual freedoms.

“There is another temptation against which we must be especially on guard: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and the sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps.”

―Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, HH Pope Francis

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The Best Places Fill You Up and Let You Go: A Note to Generations and The Community Around It

September 27, 2015

I am in Transition from preschool work into a career in physical therapy. Yesterday I said good-bye to the best job I have ever had and my favorite educational community. So many people impacted my life as a teacher, and I was able to do my best work as well, because I was allowed to be authentic in this place. I was able to make meaningful relationships with children, parents and staff while doing my job. Trust, Love, and Respect all live in this place, and filled me so I could fly on. 

My message to the Generations community:

There is no way to say all that I feel about leaving this beautiful, thriving community of families and committed loving staff. You guys are the best, and I will not leave you behind. Wherever I go I will take the experience of the last 2 years with me. I would have to write a book , and right now I am a little busy to do that. Heidi and Trisha, you are the best administrators I have ever worked with in my long career in early childhood education because love is your main guiding light, and that light illuminates the whole program. I will be in touch, because how could I not be after such support and lovely experience, by far my favorite job of all time, even the early morning shifts could not make me feel otherwise. And, then there are my little friends who have grown so much in the short time I have been privileged to guide them, and the warm and thoughtful teachers and parents who have enlightened me with their ideas, songs, stories, and loving mentorship. I will always consider myself part of this community no matter how much distance separates me from it. Thank you all. I will miss the daily dose of love and struggle that made my life very rich and present while I worked on my goals, and now that I have achieved the first step and have to move on, I see that I have been so blessed and will continue to be blessed by all of you and what we have made together. I will send my contact information when I get it as well as love and prayers. I will say it again you all are the best and I will miss all of you.

My hope is to carry what I have gained here into my work in rehabilitation. I will be doing my best to be my authentic self and work with love and compassion. After working at Generations I know what that looks and feels like so I will know it when I feel and see it from now on.

1982: Science in Songs

September 13, 2015

Present-Tense Anthropology™

September 12, 2015


Our world is both complex and simple, as are these words and this image. Together they are a way of understanding a little piece of the complexity, not by making it simple, but just the crashing of concepts leaves a little bit of truth floating in the wake.

Originally posted on synthetic zero:

“It isn’t revolutionaries and terrorist who make the nuclear power plants melt of blow their tops, or the electricity grids crash, or the automated trading systems go all higgeldy-piggeldy and write their billions down to pennies in ten minutes- they all do that on their own.
You boys, she said…all want to be the hero in the film who runs away in slo-mo from the villain’s factory that he’s just mined, throwing himself to the ground as it explodes. But the explosion’s taking place already- it’s always been taking place. You just didn’t notice…”
-tom mccarthy

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Pencil and Paper and Photoshop

September 7, 2015



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A Short Note and Three Poems From My Journal on 2/1/14

September 7, 2015


I like the controlled, refined space of my work table when I write in my notebook.

Scene Change

My dreams have moved into a new house,

with glass doors and religion,

Fat babies scurry here and there

happily unaware.


 my mind full

 is not empty enough to

pray or pay

attention to the day

Here in the Up Hill World

let the inflating flatulence of history

be carried out, dismantled and deflated

and placed on the river

to be retrieved and reorganized downstream

They will use the material for house frames

And garden boxes, landfill and cornerstones.

We have no use for it here up in the tidelands

Where the flat thinkers dwell.

We do not build up, but out, ever out

Expanding our domain beyond use

Or care, we will always use more

When less is called for

Need Is replaced by want

 whenever possible.

Big things are long and wide

Tall things take up ground in shadows

Obsessing on their girth, but unable

To let go of even the most useless

Part or piece.

It must be sold not given.

Giving is the unforgivin sin

All must have a price even joy

Must be valued.

Is it prime joy or just average?

No one wants anything sufficient.

It must be the best and boldly

Called out so

Or you must not be satisfied.

Satisfaction is only guaranteed by envy

Or in some cases Better performance

to a degree unnecessary for ordinary use.


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