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Take nothing for grantedTake nothing for granted

Pledge: Take nothing for granted


It’s easy to fall into full-time autopilot. Get up in the morning and do the morning rituals then consult your checklist, be it mental, on your…

Thu, 02/08/2024
Sticks and stonesSticks and stones

Pledge: Sticks and stones


I’m sure almost everyone has heard the old phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I think we also know that…

Sat, 01/27/2024
The difference empathy makesThe difference empathy makes

Pledge: The difference empathy makes

Well Street

Recently, the city of Sanatana in Youtropolis posted a video called “What to say.” In it, she suggests ways to support someone going through…

Thu, 01/25/2024
What you do for others…What you do for others…

Pledge: What you do for others…


“What you do for others, you are doing for yourself.” When I read these words this morning, it rang a total truth. I can say with complete…

Tue, 01/23/2024
This Is My SongThis Is My Song

Pledge: This Is My Song


Whenever Freddi spoke of his ranch in Quelitán, Mexico, his face lit up and his aura brightened. The ranch had horses he loved to ride, the skies…

Sat, 12/30/2023
May All Good Wishes Come TrueMay All Good Wishes Come True

Pledge: May All Good Wishes Come True


I’ve never been a religious person, despite being conceived in “Concepción” (a city in Chile named for the Immaculate Conception), then born in “…

Sun, 12/24/2023
I Can't Make You Love MeI Can't Make You Love Me

Pledge: I Can't Make You Love Me


At the age of 19, after becoming bored with Los Angeles City College, I went on an extended journey with my brother, visiting our parents in Rio…

Sun, 12/17/2023
Go Light Your WorldGo Light Your World

Pledge: Go Light Your World


The International Federation of Journalists reported that 94 journalists have been killed so far in 2023, and almost 400 others have been…

Sun, 12/10/2023
Younited Front Pledge

Pledge: balling with an old friend

TranZen Homestead

Taking my best friend out to finally play basketball. While this may seem an ordinary thing to do, it's been a while for us to get together and…

Thu, 12/07/2023
Panis AngelicusPanis Angelicus

Pledge: Panis Angelicus


Abba John the Dwarf, an ordained monastic priest who lived between 340 and 403, is known today as one of the great desert fathers for his wise…

Sun, 12/03/2023
Amazing GraceAmazing Grace

Pledge: Amazing Grace


This week, through the grace of God and the powers of negotiation, we’ve seen the first release of women, children, and men held captive by Hamas…

Sat, 11/25/2023
Crossing The BarCrossing The Bar

Pledge: Crossing The Bar


Last night on YouTube, I was watching a medical doctor describe her own deadly kayaking accident, detailing the death she experienced before…

Sun, 11/19/2023

Pledge: Songbird


Watching television this weekend has made me feel like I’m living in parallel universes.

In one universe, there’s a cacophony of holiday…

Sun, 11/12/2023
Prayer Of The ChildrenPrayer Of The Children

Pledge: Prayer Of The Children


As part of my “Listening For Peace” music series, last week’s pledge spoke of our innate need for peace and comfort in the terrifying absence of…

Sun, 11/05/2023
In The Arms Of An AngelIn The Arms Of An Angel

Pledge: In The Arms Of An Angel


In last Sunday’s pledge, Listening for Peace, I pledged to share a piece of music every Sunday through the end of the holiday season. Some pieces…

Sun, 10/29/2023
Listening For PeaceListening For Peace

Pledge: Listening For Peace


When Youtropolis was conceived, we envisioned a new land of opportunity with its own social safety net where people could help other people feel a…

Sun, 10/22/2023
Dinner with a cultural faux pasDinner with a cultural faux pas

Pledge: Dinner with a cultural faux pas

Well Street

As we all know, when life presents learning experiences, they're often a package deal with discomfort. This happened to me while dining in a fancy…

Thu, 10/05/2023
Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.

Pledge: Ignore. Move on. Remember. You. Love.


This advice from Anne Rice works beautifully as a pledge we can each make so that our lives, and the lives of those around us, are as full and…

Sun, 09/24/2023
10 Truths We All Share in Common10 Truths We All Share in Common

Pledge: 10 Truths We All Share in Common


As we head toward another divisive election cycle, I’m wondering if anyone is fed up yet. I am.

Like the Twin Towers burning to the ground…

Fri, 09/15/2023
Truffles the cat makes a pledgeTruffles the cat makes a pledge

Pledge: Truffles the cat makes a pledge


Truffles the cat took a pledge to model glasses for kids who might be hesitant to wear them. Her coolness shows them how cool they can be too. And…

Mon, 09/11/2023
Loving the Spirit of LibertyLoving the Spirit of Liberty

Pledge: Loving the Spirit of Liberty


Americans have been celebrating Independence Day for 247 years. In our earliest years as a new nation, those who framed our Constitution, wise as…

Wed, 07/05/2023
Thanks are in orderThanks are in order

Pledge: Thanks are in order

Wilsons Grave

A lesson struck a chord with me today. “Take what I need not what I want” by Present Valley got me appreciating what life gives me, simple as it…

Wed, 06/28/2023
The big payoffThe big payoff

Pledge: The big payoff


The other night while finishing my Chinese food, I was wondering what was in my future via my fortune cookie. Will I be going on a cruise, or…

Mon, 05/15/2023
A Story I HeardA Story I Heard

Pledge: A Story I Heard


A story I heard:

A man was brushing his teeth when he saw an angel standing behind him reflected in the bathroom mirror. The angel said to…

Tue, 04/11/2023
Love is everywhereLove is everywhere

Pledge: Love is everywhere


While making my lunch the other day, I reached into the tortilla chip bag and pulled out this perfect heart-shaped chip. How amazing is that! It…

Mon, 04/10/2023