The Global Impact of Debt and the Arts

After Chen Guangcheng’s epic escape from house arrest in China, I wrote about how debt can keep us from doing good in the world. At the same time, I’m often writing about how important the arts are for human rights, and vice versa. So it should come as no surprise that all three are connected: … Continue reading

Hunger + Hunger = Generosity

In researching a writing project, I recently came across what has to be one of the most beautiful stories in American history. Perhaps you’re already familiar with the Choctaw Indians and their incredible display of generosity during the 1840s. Regardless, read on because it’s worth the reminder: Beginning in the early 1830s, the US government … Continue reading

The Way of Generous Love

by Gerard Stolk I got up early for the Royal Wedding this morning. There were a ton of living room lights shining in our building, so I wasn’t alone with my high tea and shortbread. Michael eventually joined me, and we watched the BBC broadcast of the event, which was impressively produced (and, as an … Continue reading

A Labor Day for the Farmer Slave

This Labor Day, millions of Americans rushed the malls, parks and beaches to enjoy one last dog day of summer before the leaves die. We ate fruit salads and chocolate ice cream and forgot about the world a bit. In our forgetfulness, and in our well-deserved rest, we died a little on the inside. And … Continue reading

Marginalized Maids

Park Slope, New York. A town within a city, where Brooklyn locals and yuppies from around the world congregate over lattes and ten dollar cupcakes. The neighborhood is home many families and young professionals who want to take advantage of the highly-rated public school system, the limitless bars and cafes, and the green spaces like … Continue reading

Free(ing) Ways to Help Pakistan

Pakistanis, evacuated from flooding – US Army, public domain With the flooding in Pakistan leaving over 6 million people in need of immediate assistance, and over 20 million people affected, it can be easy to become despondent and suffer from paralysis. The country is far away, the people speak a different language, it is such … Continue reading

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