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December 8, 2017

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Click the image above to get an overview of the state impact of the work of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In response to a widely shared sense of unnecessary and progress-weakening division among Americans, many of you whom I had the opportunity to...

November 29, 2017

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I've been thinking a lot about something that came up in a conversation I had in Montana with a seasoned, now retired member of congress. The main point he was making is that at some point in the last thirty years or so we crossed over from a public respect for office...

November 29, 2017

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Traveling cross-country over the last two months, I've had the opportunity to traverse bits and pieces of numerous important byways of the past – the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, the Trail of Tears, the Lincoln Highway, Route 66, Highway 80 from Selma to Montgomery. At...

November 29, 2017

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In his recently released book, What Unites Us, Dan Rather asserts that national service is a necessity in a democratic society as ours. This is a theme that I heard often on the road – that some form of national service is urgently needed to break the bonds of isolatio...

November 18, 2017

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, on the negotiation of the Atlantic Charter aboard the USS Augusta in November 1941.

About 75 years ago, the American illustrator Norman Rockwell experienced a crisis of engagement. The Atlantic Ch...

November 17, 2017

One of the exercises that was a lot of fun at the start of this journey was to identify a common set of questions that would guide conversation. The magic of good questions is that they will offer clears prompts that open wells of insight. So far these questions have w...

November 4, 2017

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I have to take a moment and say it was a thrill to have an interview scheduled at La Marzocco, the cafe at the community headquarters of KEXP radio in Seattle. My family and I have supported KEXP for almost a decade, and this year I was able to pay my dues in person. H...

November 4, 2017

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Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, was born and raised along the spine of America's heartland, the Ohio River. Born in Kentucky and raised in Indiana and later residing in Illinois as a lawyer, I imagine Lincoln having a slow-to-move depth of character that is t...

October 31, 2017

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There is an excellent piece in today's New York Times by David Brooks about how, when in the press of nominal social and cultural depth, party loyalty begins to fill our needs for connection and bonds, when traditional forms of association have withered. The author wri...

October 31, 2017

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This post is a footnote, a reminder to dive into this idea further, which I've certainly witnessed anecdotally in the cities of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco where the contrast between doing well and scraping by couldn't be more starkly on display.

The Atlantic re...

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