Letter from Loring Park
From the wrestling mat to challenging conversations in our own living rooms — the virtue of facing our deepest discomforts head-on.
Rather than slipping into warring modes, a master list of ways to enter into conversations with more openness and hospitality.
Interrogating our anger, honoring our elders, facing the truth of life’s fragility, and helpful new discussion guides for Becoming Wise — the best of what’s engaging our minds and spirits these days.
Monotasking as a social skill? Discovering new truths in our winter years? Essential readings on new approaches to life with each other, and with our ever-evolving selves.
A tribute to a beloved singer’s challenging life; escaping the rage cycle in this global moment; and our columnists on uprooting our assumptions about life’s most essential questions, from parenting to the nature of our relationships.
Our editor in chief details heartening stories of youth orchestras performing on the U.S.-Mexico border, brilliant hand-illustrated data visualizations by W.E.B. Du Bois, and commentaries on love, resistance, and hope in the face of hardship featuring Parker Palmer, Courtney Martin, and Omid Safi.
Prescient words from Parker Palmer, Omid Safi, Courtney E. Martin, Broderick Greer, and recommended listens/reads from Tim Ferriss and The Economist.
Poetry to soothe, ruminations on the balance of faith and history, and an invitation to gather around the table to listen and to be heard.
The struggle for soul in education and patriotism, the joy of marching in step, and reckoning with the legacy of our nation’s heroes and history.
On finding love, teaching our children, and having gratitude for the simple things — words and music to help us seek out the best in ourselves and our neighbors.
From the mysterious alchemy of place to gut feelings and nature’s enveloping soundtrack — investigations into the scenery that colors our inner and outer lives.
From a perennial favorite on busyness to hard conversations to help us understand each other — a round-up of the most-read blog posts of the past year.
Our listeners have spoken. A list of our top five shows of 2016 are sure to make your 2017 all the better.
Dave Chappelle as an imperfect spiritual mentor; the importance of life’s valleys alongside its peaks; reconnecting to lost family histories, and finding new ways to uplift each other through thick and thin.
Should we reframe the American narrative? Is there an art to conversation? Can sports refs teach us a thing or two about democracy? Questions and conversations that are pointing us north from all the niches of life.
From the delicate strength of the Bolivian cholita to the counsel of Master Yoda, timely glimpses of wisdom on honoring overlooked parts of ourselves and each other.
Wise minds grapple with the tensions of faith and community, honor the resilience of a movement, and remember the love of family we often take for granted.
From celebrations of Leonard and Leon to the good and the bad in the Electoral College — reflections to challenge our relationships with technology, with busyness, with history, and with each other.
From the loss of Leonard Cohen and the victory of the Chicago Cubs, music and language inviting you to think differently about shelter, resilience, suffering, and harmony.
t’s been an adventurous, power-packed week here at On Being on Loring Park. It feels so gratifying to release the…
Is it Pollyannaish to love your country at its most divided? Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom Jr. create a song to make sense of the world before us — and imagine a country yet to be.
The final week of this presidential election season calls for a poem from Mary Oliver, Parker Palmer on building lives of meaning, and insightful words on “perennials,” the anatomy of an apology, and flourishing at home again.
Times of turmoil can open us to new opportunities. Hopeful and insightful words on how to move forward in this season of political and emotional churn.
Meaning and learning present themselves to us in unexpected ways. Commentaries on keeping ourselves open to surprising lenses on life, and to how they can enrich our relationships, our work, and our play.
Growth comes from bearing witness to our own stories and to the experiences of others. A digest of reads that challenge us to strengthen our inner and outer lives.
The human experience is rife with messiness and frustration, especially in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Trent Gilliss shares thoughts on embracing the turmoil and finding ways to grow from it.
How can we be more present to daily joys? What does it look like to engage with each other in our fullest capacity? Questions and meditations on community and identity from voices on our radar.
To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.
From the solemn to the playful, a selection of poetry to comfort and amuse.
From the inspiration and discipline we learn from sport to opening up to the experience of strangers, a digest of interesting writings on the ways we evolve together: physically, spiritually, and creatively.
Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.
A dispatch from across the pond on frank and generous response to difficult questions, and hovering in a magical, suspended moment.
The tension we’re living through requires our sincerest attention, but we must also nurture our relationships with joy. Trent Gilliss offers hopeful words on fostering communities of humility and understanding, with love and laughter at their center.
Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.
We find ourselves in a time of deep reckoning, and we must turn to each other for companionship and wisdom. Collected guidance on claiming the whole of our identities, and finding compassion for experiences that are not our own.
Physical presence and inner life are more integrated than we might imagine. Meditations on how we move through stress, our relationship with the body, and making meaning in the rhythms of everyday life.
Collected counsel on forging meaning and joy from our suffering, and finding calm in times of tension.
How do we cut through distraction to nurture our best selves forward? Our executive editor shares reflections on rediscovering the glory around and within us, from the journey of an olympic runner, to the lyrical labyrinth of rap, to healing the void of loss with art and memory.
Behold! A sneak preview of Creating Our Own Lives, an exciting, new addition to our portfolio of podcasts! Plus, our executive editor selects some of the most intriguing reads on female sex positivity, evolving definitions of motherhood, democracy’s doctors, and the cultural treasures binding us together.
When grief or hardship strike, they are best borne out in solidarity. Trent Gilliss serves up readings on our collective sorrow and celebration in the passing of our heroes, and taking a new perspective on the grit of beauty, nature, and family.
From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what’s happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.
We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince’s life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.
The architecture around us inhabits the vernacular of our lives. Our executive editor with this week’s letter from Loring Park welcoming our new columnist Sarah Smarsh, who joins a collective contemplation of where and how we navigate our lives in faith, family, and citizenship.
Executive editor Trent Gilliss with reflections on the surprise of authorship, and offerings from other places where the tension makes life feel fullest.
The announcement of our newest podcast offering contemplations on the nature of participation in the world, and opportunities to become inextricable from the questions.
With the arrival of spring come realizations of the capacity waiting within, among, and around us. Writings on discovering our true abundance of love, community, and self, particularly in the places where they have seemed absent.
From an eloquent and soul-touching tune, to testaments of moving forward from complex suffering, our executive editor shares demonstrations of the boundless and surprising bravery of which we are all capable.
Whether it’s blood quantum and identity, a homeless man’s understanding of our best friends, or the telling of bad teeth, a gathering of what we’re reading, writing, and publishing.
The wealth of information curated and articulated — drawing on all our executive editor reads, hears, and sees. From collective silence to the moral quality of action, words of advice and admiration.
From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that’s meant so much to us, this week’s capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.