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From the Editor: July/August 2018

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Quest for the Sacred: Niki at the Top Rung by Melanie Luther

In this issue we’ve got a letter from Jacki Mallett, an original subscriber (Thank you!), who now appreciates Akhilandeshwari Ma, the Hindu goddess who is never not broken: “I mean, if a Goddess can be imperfect, why can’t I?” We also got a letter from “Culture Shocked,” a new reader who had an unpleasant, visceral response to something I wrote about our president—and gave the magazine a second chance. (Thank you, too!)  Meanwhile, Mark Nepo’s column (from his wonderful new book, More Together Than Alone) tells us: “The truth is that we are born into both tribes [“Go away” and “Come, teach me”] and can move from one to the other, depending on the level of our fear.” The irony is that whichever tribe we’re in is the right one—even as we switch. And from On the Brink of Everything, the 80-year-old gentle genius Parker Palmer tells us that “Thinking paradoxically is key to creativity, which depends on the ability to hold divergent ideas in a way that opens the mind and heart to something new.”  While the ever-compassionate Emma Seppälä teaches us to Say NO! like a boss. I LOVE this …

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Stephen Kiesling is editor in chief of S&H. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.


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