True Beauty

About a year ago I sat in a large circle in a group therapy session that John Stewart was leading. John started by asking everyone in the circle to identify something beautiful about themselves. He said, “Tell everyone in the circle something beautiful about you.” I was startled and a little uncomfortable. I had never…

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Many coins

Maybe your mind works like mine. Maybe you are skeptical of stories like this. Read on and see what you think. I have an old silver dollar I keep in a red velvet case. It was my Grandfather’s. He bought a bunch of them after they stopped making silver coins. After he died, my Grandmother…

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I have an old iron box that holds things that are important to me. A pearl necklace my mother wore. A shark tooth from Mexico. A medal I earned once upon a time. It is a simple thing. Metal and fabric. It’s even kind of ugly. But it is a symbol of an important day…

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Beautiful campfire

We were huddled around a bonfire during a heat wave in July. Julie’s mother was holding an empty bottle of painkillers in her hand. She raised the bottle and held it over the flames. I had led scores of burning ceremonies for students over the years, but I’d never had a parent spontaneously participate before.…

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