vol. 11, num. 1 :: 2012.01.06 — 2012.01.19
Our annual feast of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.
A challenging year shifts beliefs in some important ways.
Naming the evidence, large and small.
Remembering the year past through a selection of artfully crafted books, albums, films, paintings, beverages and more.
Reflecting on a year of getting healthy without the pressure of New Year’s resolutions.
A move to a new community is marked by shared meals and beverages.
A retrospective of surprising life changes.
Taking a friend’s advice to give time for personal lament.
The riches of literature, discovered throughout Chicagoland.
An eclectic selection from 1933 through 2008.
A list of seasonal comfort foods to warm the whole person.
What the iconic doll taught us beyond -- and sometimes instead of -- playing nice.
A list from Kevin Deutch.
Rebecca Tirrell Talbot recommends three good reads.
Film critic Jeffrey Overstreet posts some of his favorites from the past years, with some words about critics in general.
The challenge is to keep expanding the limits of our hospitality. Our willingness to welcome strangers. This welcome is the sign of a community confident in itself. It has nothing to fear from the outsider. The outsider has gifts, insights, and experiences to share for our benefit. So we look forward to sharing our culture, gifts, and associations with others. “Come on in. What would you like to eat? We have a great community band we want you to hear. And let us show you our new park that we created ourselves.” The beautiful, remarkable sign of a secure community is that it has a welcome at the edge…. The only thing we have to fear in our community is fear of outsiders.
John McKnight & Peter Block
The Abundant Community
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