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The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá

Published under Family Feb 29, 2016

The only thing that may be more compelling than the story itself is the way the author Susan Dominus captures the feelings of the 4 twins so poignantly and brings their emotions to life with so much clarity and passion.

 
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Chivo’s poetry

Published under Family, Global, Introspection Jan 15, 2016

This video about my cousin Emmanuel’s cinematography literally moved me to tears.  The humanity within every one of his shots, the fragility and beauty these convey about our human condition and the world we inhabit are so humbling, so poetic, so powerful.  Emmanuel, aka “Chivo”, has won two Oscars thus far and just got nominated for a third.  He turns movies into the most emotive art.  His imagery moves and stirs one’s soul as if watching the most beautiful sunset. And he has the ability to turn a banal breath into an enigmatic contemplation of sorrow and pain.

When we were little, I remember noticing him as he contemplated and photographed an army of ants on a wall as my other cousins wrestled  one another.  If you pay attention when you watch the movie, you will capture a shot he took of warring ants that says so much, particularly knowing of Emmanuel’s artistic journey, where everything is captivating and wondrous.I also remember as a kid how he would always show a noble spirit, protecting my sister when others were teasing her, and inviting me to be part of his sports team when I was starting to feel sad because other kids wouldn’t pick me (yes, I was a kind of clumsy soccer player).  It is amazing to see how this little kid grew to be such an epic observer of nature and such a wizard of light.

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Kudos to my friend Wes Moore. His thoughts about fostering empathy, about social entrepreneurship, about not being too quick to praise or condemn others, and about the definition of manliness all are spot on how we feel society could be dramatically improved if we adopted these mindsets and ways of life.

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Traffic Stop by StoryCorps

Published under Family, Life Aug 04, 2015

 

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This is a good article on how to foster empathy among children, a topic I discuss in my book, Do the KIND Thing.

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Really worth listening to and absorbing.

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