Two women in store with hands and shopping carts overloaded with toys on a Black Friday shopping day.
In place of the insane shopping frenzy that accompanies the holiday season, perhaps we can pause, relax and reflect. Instead of giving things, we can give of ourselves. (Photo courtesy of NEPAScene )

An inter-racial group of men and women face a blackboard linking arms.
One way of reaching common ground is to focus on the values and principles we share, rather than what divides us.

In autumn, leaves return to their true colors, reminding us we can do the same. (Photo by Mary Jo Adams)

A group of friends observe the full moon from a hill with a nearby camp fire burning.
October 16 was International Observe The Moon Night. Gazing on the moon can bring a sense of stability. (Photo courtesy of

A yellow buttercup grows within a crack in a paved street.
Reviewing our lives for the moments of grace that come unbidden is one way to keep hope alive. (Photo courtesy of

Two light beams reach into the night sky in front of New York Bay, representing the space where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood.
Two light beams mark the spot where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood.

A computer sits on a desk along with pen, eyeglasses, coffee cup and notepad.
Has the pandemic helped us see the proper role of work, or has working at home made work an even larger intruder in our personal lives? (Photo courtesy of Time).

Sculpture made of concerte, fiberglass and steel of woman’s face whose hands open her chest cavity to reveal and empty space.
South African artist Daniel Popper’s massive sculpture “Hollow” is part of the Human + Nature outdoor exhibit at the Morton Arboretum near Chicago. (Photo by Judith Valente)

Judith Valente

Author of 4 spirituality books & 2 poetry collections. Award-winning reporter for Wall Street Journal, PBS-TV, Washington Post & 2 IL public radio stations.

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