All of us need some well-timed humor and frivolity in our lives. Laughter – whether a quiet chuckle or full-throated guffaw – helps us cope with life’s inevitable dark moments and can help us avoid taking ourselves and others too seriously. The poet E. E. Cummings once famously wrote, “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” And that’s what we hear from Mike Fink.
All of us have discovered how valuable skilled leadership is in our lives, whether from wise parents, gifted bosses, or anyone else who led some task of which we’ve been a part. Of course, not all leaders have the right stuff, but when they do their guidance can be magical. The scholar Joseph Badaracco wrote a wonderful book entitled Leading Quietly. Jennifer Bristol talks about some powerful metaphors that inspire her quiet leadership.
Here we are, right smack in the heart of another New England winter. For some, this stretch of months with early sunsets is filled with dread -- frosty temperatures, snow piles to shovel, and ice patches to dodge. But for others of us, this wintry mix is the stuff of pure delight. As the poet Robert Frost wrote, "You can't get too much winter in the winter." And we hear similar sentiments in this encore essay from Gabriel Warren.
Every parent discovers, sooner or later, that the parenting journey is full of surprises, some remarkably pleasant and some, well, not so much. Haven't many of us yearned for the nonexistent owner's manual to help us navigate those unusually challenging situations that parenting somehow manages to produce? Laura Rossi Totten shares her unique take on the parenting lessons she has learned, courtesy of some very special moments with her daughter.
Sadly, the news continues to provide all of us with a steady diet of ugly stories about racism in America, a nagging challenge that persists in far too many corners of our world. Rosa Parks, the courageous civil rights activist who refused to give up her bus seat nearly 60 years ago in Montgomery, Alabama once said: “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” And we hear echoes of these sentiments more than a half century later from seventeen-year-old Alannah Bareham.
Alannah Bareham is a lifelong Rhode Islander and a junior at the Providence Country Day School. Alannah reports that she loves physics as much as art and is passionate about painting and running.