Criteria for the New Year: Beauty, Truth and Unity

Criteria for the New Year: Beauty, Truth and Unity

By Gonzague Leroux       December 30, 2011

On the eve of the jump into 2012, some look at the events and circumstances of the past year to evaluate them and make resolutions for the coming year. Two general trends emerge during this process. The first is disappointment, as if our memory and imagination were endowed with a greater ability to look back on the pain rather than the joy. The second, less common, is a kind of exaltation as if everything had been perfect, all pre-established plans had worked, everything was under control.

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“Messy as life is, there is a magnificent beauty . . .”

“Messy as life is, there is a magnificent beauty . . .”

Erika Deniger-Hagman December 30, 2011

In March 2011, Erika flew from Wisconsin to Thailand for a 18 months mission with Heart’s Home. As she evokes the life and struggles of her old neighbor, she shares with us what “magnificent beauty” she discovered in the messiness of her slum . . .

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Why Offer Gifts ? Watch the answer.

Why Offer Gifts ? Watch the answer.

G. Leroux and P. Anel          December 23, 2011

G. Leroux and P. Anel went to Central Park, in Manhattan, NY, and asked passersby one simple question: "Why do you offer gifts during the Holiday Season ?" Colorful answers unwrap the big gifts that are hidden in our small presents . . . Happy Holidays !

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Listen to Mary Poppins’ (true) Christmas Story !

Listen to Mary Poppins’ (true) Christmas Story !

By Marian West          December 23, 2011

In this exclusive interview for landofcompassion.com, Catherine Walker, Broadway's second Mary Poppins, recalls what she describes as one of the most important moments of her career: the unlikely encounter between the flying woman and a terminally ill child. A fairy tale . . .  come true !

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The “Gem of Chelsea” is bidding farewell

The “Gem of Chelsea” is bidding farewell

By Paul Anel          December 16, 2011

On this December 29, one of the greatest adventures of the last decade in New York City will come to an end. The "gem of Chelsea," as it was rightfully nicknamed, will no longer shine on the corner of 22nd Street and 11th Avenue. The Chelsea Art Museum is closing its doors.

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Kelly and my Jacket!

Kelly and my Jacket!

By Erica Tighe         December 16, 2011
Volunteer with Heart's Home in Salvador da Bahia – Brazil – Letter from September 2011

I remember walking in Chicago with my big puffy coat and seeing the people sleeping on benches in the cold snow. I would walk past and think to myself that I couldn't give my jacket because it was freezing and I needed it. I was accustomed to give to Goodwill my old clothing, clothes I didn't use anymore. But never things I was still wearing. In fact I never even gave things that "maybe one day I will need to use even though it's been hanging in my closet for a year with the tags still attached."

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