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…To Forgive, Divine

StoryCorps has always been an admirable project, a non-profit whose mission is to allow all Americans the opportunity to record our oral histories and thoughts. Since 2003, they have recorded and preserved interviews with over 60,000 people, burned to a CD for participants to share and archived for history at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Many are heartwarming stories, opportunities for grandparents to share early life with later generations, lovers to commemorate a lifetime together, parents telling their kids how truly magnificent they are…sometimes memories of battles fought and won, or lost. One of the most amazing stories I have heard is that of Mary Johnson, who sits down with Oshea Israel, the man who killed her son in 1993. Mary’s ability to not only forgive, but embrace, her son’s murderer is truly inspiring. It makes me look at forgiveness, and how I might find ways each day to shed the slights, the offenses, the annoyances, the frustrations that pepper my waking hours. Give a listen by clicking the button below…


“I just hugged the man who murdered my son.”

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Mary Johnson speaks with Oshea Israel, who killed her son in 1993.


Recorded in Minneapolis, MN

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November—Native American Heritage Month

R. Carrlos Nakai

This month the nation celebrates indigenous Americans. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join for Native American Heritage Month. There are events throughout the month in several locations nationwide, from a concert by the great Carlos Nakai and his elegant and sometimes haunting flute music, book talks and storytelling, a family Harvest Festival, and art exhibits showcasing work by native artists as well as clothing on display. Find a list of November heritage events here.

As tomorrow’s vote builds rhetoric about America up to a fever pitch, take some time to acknowledge and honor the first Americans, whose rich culture and traditions we should only be so lucky to approach. We might be able to learn how to take a breath between the red-faced shouting and end-of-the-world-if-you-don’t-see-it-my-way diatribes. A little reverence…and grace…can go a long way.