‘Sesame Street,’ Fred Rogers, and regaining the moral courage of our youth

Anyone with a taste for warm fuzzies should be able to get their fill between this week and next. On Wednesday, the community celebrated World Day of Kindness — a day packed with do-gooding all over town. Sunday evening, the “Sesame Street” 50th anniversary will air on PBS, celebrating a half century of helping children … Continue reading ‘Sesame Street,’ Fred Rogers, and regaining the moral courage of our youth

Tragedy reveals our true nature — but let’s not wait for tragedy

  You don’t have to look far in the news to see tragedy. As humans, we are fascinated with tragedy. Nothing piques the collective interest more than someone else’s suffering. We certainly should learn from tragedy and suffering. But, perhaps our focus should be shifted — or maybe just broadened — to shine light on … Continue reading Tragedy reveals our true nature — but let’s not wait for tragedy

Wonder or sadness over God’s creation: It’s our choice

It’s not often I experience simultaneously awestruck joy and numbing sadness. I experienced that Monday when I visited for the first time the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The Myriad’s Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a true wonder. This 13,000 square-foot conservatory showcases 750 plant varieties from across the globe, cascading waterfalls, a sky … Continue reading Wonder or sadness over God’s creation: It’s our choice