Who We Can Be

People with Imagination and Wonder

“On the news: almost all the hurts we see are caused by a person’s lack of imagination – a lack of curiosity about their fellow human beings – a lack of wonder.” These are the words that poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil* spoke at Portland Arts and…

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Hopeful Possibilists

“The Case for Hope” is the title of Nicholas Kristof’s opinion piece that appeared on May 9, 2024 in The New York Times. It’s based on his new memoir, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life. Kristof acknowledges that we are a divided nation with more…

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What is the connection between awe and Earth Day and the eclipse? How many people experienced a moment of awe as they witnessed the eclipse on April 8? How many people will celebrate the 54th Earth Day on April 22? …

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People with Convictions

“The only way for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Those were the words of Alexei Navalny displayed at the beginning of the In Memoriam Tribute to those who died during the past year at the Academy of Motion…

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We Can Choose Our Stories Well

“If we think we can’t, or if we think we can, we are right!” The January 22, 2024 issue of TIME features people with ideas. The quotation above was cited by two of these people with ideas. Tom Rivett-Carnac, an environmental strategist and podcaster, and…

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Global Citizens

“Peace is not merely the absence of conflict. It’s a state of harmony, understanding, and cooperation. Peace is not passive. It requires active engagement and dialogue. It’s about respecting diversity and seeking nonviolent solutions to conflict. Peace is not achieved overnight. It requires patience, empathy, and willingness to listen to different perspectives.…

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