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A little boy’s tears

I watch a family play soccer at a nearby park. On the surface, it’s a beautiful sight. Mother, father, and sons kick a black and white ball around. The boys laugh. The parents do some fancy foot work, evoking more laughter. I smile. From my vantage point, I occasionally hear snippets of conversation. “Great kick honey.” “I got you this time.” “Here dad, the ball is yours!” Then at one point, the youngest son dives to pick up the ball…

  • October 4, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

My Grandfather is Dying

Yesterday, Grandpa turned 97-years-old. Nearly 100 years ago, he entered this world. Now, he prepares for his exit. “That sure looks like my brother Darcey,” my grandpa said today. His eyes gazed at the closet in his room. A little while later, he said, “Hi mom. Will you stay close to me today?” The veil between our visual world and the wonders beyond the physical senses is growing thin. It won’t be long. I spoke via phone to my Grandpa…

  • April 10, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Ending Corporal Punishment: Why you should never spank a child

Not long ago, laws protected the “rights of men” to use physical force to correct or punish their wives. A husband’s ability to assert his authority through corporal punishment was accepted as a social norm. Due to the dedicated efforts of activists working to improve the status of women, legal prohibitions forbidding any form of “chastisement” are now commonplace in most countries around the world. This is a good thing. While men’s violence against women continues to be a serious…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Reciprocity and Kindness

During a cross-country road trip, my husband and I stop at Subway for a much needed break. We are both hungry and anxious to get some lunch. Upon entering, we find the place understaffed and overcrowded. Hoping to make a quick stop, we end up waiting in line for 25 minutes. Finally it’s our turn. Exasperated, I make no attempt to do anything but place my order. As we walk back to our white pick-up truck, my husband turns to…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Loving-kindness at Thanksgiving

As we move into the Thanksgiving season, the vibrant energy of loving-kindness offers true sustenance. The importance of delicious holiday food pales in comparison to the love of family and friends. The presence of loving-kindness constitutes what matters most around the Thanksgiving table. However, some of us arrive at Thanksgiving celebrations with trepidation in our hearts. Family discord, addictions, secrets, anger, or sadness often turn the potential beauty of this holiday into an unhappily attended obligatory event. Can the experience…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn