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Crazy Hair Magic
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I wrote this story many years ago and read it recently at a Personal Stories Production at Center Stage Theatre. The daughter who stars in it—and gave me permission to read it– is now a... Read More

What It Means to Be a Neighbor
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Fred Rogers was ahead of his time. Fifty years ago, in one of the first episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, King Friday the 13th built a wall and prepared to go to war in order... Read More

How Can We Recover From This?
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The Monday after the Thomas Fire, everyone in Montecito knew it was going to rain. As a resident of neighboring Santa Barbara, I’ll admit that I felt grateful. The fire had created toxic particles that... Read More

One Way to Prevent Sexual Misconduct
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The flood of allegations about sexual misconduct is, at its least, a teachable moment, especially for men. Many are anxious about whether they have crossed lines in the past and confused about how they should... Read More

Lessons from a River
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The inauguration of a new President is always a time of uncertainty. The American system is strong in part because it recognizes the reality of change. Each President gets a fixed amount of time to... Read More

Finding Our Way Through Fog
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The other morning, I stepped out the front door and realized I was standing directly under the dividing line between clouds and clear sky. If I turned one way, I saw dense fog. If I... Read More

The Power of What If
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In our book, Cooperative Wisdom, my co-author and I write about five essential social virtues. One is called Intentional Imagination. When we face problems that are likely to result in conflict, we can often change... Read More