Breaking the Rules

By Celia Coates How can we know what is true and real these days? What is being hidden or masked or maneuvered? When did cheating to get what you want become so common? As I was puzzling over these questions, I remembered a post from 2018 that had surprised me. It had shown me something…

To See and To Care

By Celia Coates 100-year-old Hugh Van Ellis was in the news this past week. He’s the Tulsa Massacre survivor who said, “We are all one. We are all one.” Those are shining words from someone who was alive when white townspeople killed hundreds of African Americans and destroyed their homes and businesses. Peaceful unity certainly…

Lessons from Whales

by Celia Coates I don’t usually read books about animals, but recently I’ve been fascinated by BECOMING WILD by Carl Safina. He writes about two mammals and one bird with several separate chapters each for sperm whales, chimpanzees, and scarlet macaws. The whole book is delightful, but this post will look only at what he…

What To Get Done in ’21

By Paul Jackson  After the pandemic shutdown, I took a walk most days near Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, Maryland. In front of a bridge crossing the creek, I could see a quote on the pavement from the @chalkladies: “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” The line is from Mary Oliver’s…

Reflections on Forgiveness

By Brian Luke Seaward When the phone rings after midnight, the call is rarely about good news. That was when Rose, a good friend of mine, learned that her teenage son, Benjamin, had been killed after his car was hit head-on by a drunk driver. Rose was overwhelmed by shock, pain, and grief, and then…

Alan Arkin’s Mind

By Celia Coates March 26th is Alan Arkin’s birthday and this year he will turn 87. It’s a wonderful chance to celebrate the book he published in 2018: OUT OF MY MIND (Not Quite a Memoir). He has lived a life filled with creativity as an actor and director. It is easy to remember the…

Gifts for a New Year

By Celia Coates I had been wondering how to begin this new year in WINN, a year that everyone is hoping will be better than the dark and troubled year just past. Then, within days of each other, two gifts arrived – first, a photograph that my sister, Judith Sellers, had taken in her garden…

Giving and Getting

By Celia Coates   Many years ago, when I was young and had not been going to school in America for very long, I was surprised that after the Christmas vacation the question that kids asked each other was, “What did you get?” I didn’t really know what to answer. There had been nuts and…

Choosing Kindness

by Celia Coates The Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness. When today’s post was first published in June, 2018, its title was How to Choose Your Prince or Princess. It’s about deep kindness, one that includes sacrifice, and it’s a story for our times. Here it is, again: Some of the best…

Loving America

This morning two people will publish their stories in WINN. We are all in these troubled times together and we need to be able to see ourselves clearly and to walk in another’s shoes (Gilah’s post) and we need to confront fear and to move forward in our country with love and hope (Pablo’s post)….

In Others’ Shoes

  This morning two people will publish their stories in WINN. We are all in these troubled times together: we need to be able to see ourselves clearly and to walk in another’s shoes (Gilah’s post), and we need to confront fear and to move forward in our country with love and  hope (Pablo’s post)….

Far Beyond Therapy

By Celia Coates When I picked up Bernice Hill’s new book, COSMIC HUMAN, COSMIC INTENT, I wondered what she meant by “cosmic.” What she wrote on the first page began to answer my question: “It was a lovely, warm spring evening with moonlight filtering through the leaves on the quiet road ahead. Dr. Richard Maurice…