Heroes, Celebrities, & Teachers

by Celia Coates What’s a good person? What’s a good life? We used to have heroes as models to follow while we figured out how to answer those questions for ourselves. It’s been a while since American school children were told about George Washington and the cherry tree: When he was six years old, the…

How To Cope Now

By Celia Coates Yesterday (March 19th) Americans were told not to “over-react” to the pandemic and the financial crash. What is the right level of reaction to events that seem catastrophic? Few of us have developed strategies for dealing with such a wide-scale set of disasters. In the midst of the stress of all that’s…

How To Grow Together

By Celia Coates Laura is a friend who doesn’t sit still when there’s a new place to explore or something fascinating to discover – that’s how she found Fitzgerald, Georgia. She was visiting friends and heard about a nearby town filled with chickens that have the right of way in traffic, so she went to…

Scientists and Mystics

By Celia Coates Emanuel Swedenborg was a scientist before he became a mystic. He was a scholar, author, researcher, and inventor fascinated with finding a connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. Born in 1688, he entered the University of Upsala when he was eleven and studied astronomy, geology, botany, zoology, and the mechanical sciences….

Finding Quiet

First the story, then some comments: It was late at night. All little children were in their beds, fast asleep. All except one. The night wind brushed against a window. “Shh-h-h,” whispered the wind. “Go to sleep.” But the child could not fall asleep. Outside, on the branch of a tree, Mockingbird was singing.  “Mockingbird,”…

The Guru: A Story by S. Gustavo Levy

Robert was devastated after his divorce. “At least,” he thought, “there are no children.” He tried devoting more time to his job as an accountant, but he was not deriving any pleasure from dealing with numbers and accounting entries. He loved history, scientific matters and classical music, but it wasn’t enough. Life appeared devoid of…

Chris Wilson’s Master Plan

by Celia Coates “So they shackled me and locked me in solitary, no belt, no shoelaces, just white walls, a cot, and a food slot in a metal door. I stared at my little room. What else could I do? I thought, My life is over. I’m seventeen years old and I just got on…

Loving the Child

By Celia Coates Right there, in the restaurant, sitting with my friend who was dropping bits of food from her mouth while she was talking, I was overtaken by love. Love for the small part of God that she is. It was most peculiar. I’d never felt anything like it – it wasn’t like the…

Stacey Abrams: Learning, Leading, Teaching

By Celia Coates “When you decide what you want and why you want it, take action immediately. Do not wait for an invitation to act. I promise you, the letter is not in the mail.” This advice is from Stacey Abrams’ book, LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE. Itis not one of the self-positioning books written by…

Many Grandmothers

By Celia Coates It’s been a while – in a 1997 magazine article Molly Giles asked, “Where are the old ladies now?” She described where they were when she was a child, “They used to be everywhere. One sat on every front porch, park bench and bus stop of the town where I grew up….

Red and Green

By Celia Coates Years ago I heard a simple story that I’d never heard before: Once upon a time there were two creatures, one red and one green, who lived in a forest near the top of a mountain.  They had lived there for centuries and even though Green was easy-going and liked peace and…

Two Stories About Ants

By Celia Coates This has been an up then down week in America filled first with highs – love, honor, and gratitude in the farewells to Aretha Franklin and John McCain – followed by a return to the on-going lows of chaos and selfishness.  I had to step aside from the dark torrent of breaking…