Some of my buddies and I have breakfast at Louie's every Thursday and the conversation usually revolves around politics. Specifically, we wax eloquent about how the world would be better if the federal government would just do things our way. What follows is a suggestion that maybe the place to begin is in our own relationships.
In this area most people work hard at tolerating other people's beliefs. Leonard Grossman who just stepped down as the president of the Community of Congregations made some thoughtful comments in an interview today about the tension between being authentic in your faith and being respect to the beliefs of others.
Joan Didion lost her husband and then 3 weeks later saw her daughter go into ICU for months with acute bleeding in her brain. Her memoir A Year of Magical Thinking recounts that trying time in her life. What follows are exerpts from the book which say a lot about grieving, adjusting to reality and falling apart.