Month: November 2016

Scattered Thoughts on Tithing

My post on planning to give made me think about tithing: the Christian practice of giving the first ten percent of income earned to charity. I found myself going in two different directions on this topic. So, while my thoughts aren’t particularly organized, I want to take a post to lay them out. On the

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People I Read: Comics

In the early-ish days of blogging, it was normal to have a blogroll: a list of links to other (often more popular) blogs that the author was interested in. The blogroll would sit calmly in the sidebar and let readers browse their way to other blogs and other authors, discovering fresh ideas and insights. Now,

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Abraham Lincoln (from ‘A Proclamation of Thanksgiving’)

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which

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How Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute Is Changing the World

A while ago, I had dinner at the amazing Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. I went to Edwins for two reasons. First, it’s an absolutely amazing French restaurant. Second, it’s changing how people in its community move from prison back into society. Let’s start with the food. Between the four of us (me, my

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Sean Patrick Hughes: What Now?

Many of my devout conservative friends were remarkably quiet when their candidate trashed their personal values. And they were remarkably quiet when their candidate made inexcusable first hand remarks about minorities, women and disabled Americans. And they were remarkably quiet when the dark forces of white supremacists aligned themselves in support of their candidate. I

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Planned Giving

A couple of weeks ago, I posted this link to an article from the folks at ideas42. Here’s the key point: On average, survey respondents indicated that people should give 6.1% of their income to charity. This recommended level of donation is more than double the amount that people in the U.S. actually give… …One factor

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Kurt Vonnegut (from ‘Breakfast of Champions’)

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh

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Mazarine Treyz: You Matter More Than Ever

If you know anything about revolution, you know that as systems break down, they leave lots of sharp bits. These sharp bits will hit vulnerable people… Fundraising is hard, but today, and for the next four years, you are the voice-for those who cannot speak for themselves. Mazarine Treyz: You Matter More Than Ever

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Please Remember to Vote Tomorrow

This election – like all elections – matters. I’m not going to take a public position on this election – though people who know me can probably guess who I voted for (I voted early) – because it’s important to me that this website be reasonably nonpartisan. But it’s also important to me that this

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