Making sure you show up in your own story

(From 2017) Tomorrow we have our fourth Annual Storytelling Festival for the AmeriCorps programs of Maryland. Our hosts at Casa Maryland and Pablo Blank always provide a warm welcome in their amazing space. Each year, we try different things and…..

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Norman Lear’s secret to longevity? Always being curious about others.

Perspective by Hank Stuever Washington Post December 6, 2023 at 5:25 p.m. EST The older he got, the more Norman Lear became the symbol of something he never agreed to be, but nevertheless was, up until his death Tuesday at age…..

Why Is It a Surprise That America Is Gloomy After a Devastating Pandemic?

By David Wallace-Wells New York Times December 10th 2023 “Why is everyone so grumpy?” my colleagues Peter Coy and Binyamin Appelbaum asked last month, broaching the subject that has preoccupied confused economists and anxious Democrats. American G.D.P. is booming, unemployment is near historic lows…..

People Are Pessimistic About Their Economic Futures. Can You Blame Them?

By Steven Rattner  served as counselor to the Treasury secretary in the Obama administration. As a part-time commentator on things economic, I’m often asked a seemingly straightforward question: If the economy is so good, why are Americans so grumpy? By many measures…..

This Is Not the Way to Help Depressed Teenagers

By Darby Saxbe is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. Ever since the pandemic, when rates of teenage suicide, anxiety and depression spiked, policymakers around the world have pushed to make mental health…..

How my millennial daughter built her credit score above 800 in 5 steps

This is an update of a column that originally published Dec. 4, 2019. While I generally discourage young adults from using credit, at some point they do need to prove they can manage debt.I The widely used FICO credit score,…..

At 33, I knew everything. At 69, I know something much more important.

Anne Lamott is an American novelist and nonfiction writer. Her latest book, “Somehow: Thoughts on Love,” will be published in April 2024. Today I woke up old and awful in every way. I simultaneously cannot bear the news and cannot…..

Students who miss school get help, not punishment

By Donna St. George Mariana Perez missed schoolmore often last yearthan she does now. The eighth-grader in Maryland is part of a longtime Montgomery County program to help middle school students improve attendance and feel more connected to their education.F She…..

What’s Your Life Story You’ve Been Holding Back from the World?

Discussing the role of storytelling through George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing Natasha MH· This essay discusses the 2022 fantasy romantic drama Three Thousand Years of Longing directed and produced by George Miller, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. It…..

There is power in telling your children ‘I don’t know’

Perspective by Maryam Abdullah Washington Post October 24, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EDT When my son was a preschooler, I welcomed his string of “whys” as a way to help him make sense of the world. But now that he’s a…..

The Startling Evidence on Learning Loss Is In

By The Editorial Board new York Times Novemeber 19th 2023 In the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress sent $190 billion in aid to schools, stipulating that 20 percent of the funds had to be used for reversing learning setbacks. At the time, educators knew that…..