Posts Tagged ‘empathy’

It’s a question I sometimes ask as I see the news: What would it be like if that were my town, my street, my house? Perhaps you do too.

With apologies to Parliament, a minor experiment:

Parliament Building, Ottawa, ON. Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash, with the Apocalypse Photoshop Action by Eugene-design

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Depressing? A bit, sorry for that. But if it helps me be even a little more empathetic, it’s worth it.

One of my favorite ways to help is to feed people. World Central Kitchen is doing just that.

More links and resources from our favorite local (and Ukrainian co-owned) bakery: Stand with Ukraine – The Black Walnut Bakery Inc.

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One of the side effects of growing up mixed race and adopted is the (often in-your-face) realization that a lot of how we divide ourselves into “us” and “them” is a matter of choice.

Like so many of you, I’m watching the war in Ukraine and hoping the news will improve.

I don’t know any Ukrainians (or many Russians). They aren’t Americans or Canadians or African Americans or Swedish Americans or Italians or Germans or French or Irish or any of the other categories that I might reasonably be expected to claim as “my” people. But they are people.

And that’s what matters. 

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“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, Author and Veteran

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