BY LEARNING TO LIVE STORYTELLERSFEBRUARY 28, 2021 07:00 AM The stage is empty. Typically, people would be gathering this month to hear a group of local individuals share stories from their lives at “The State of the Story: Learning to Live” event. For the past five years, the month of […]

Storytellers Reflect on Sharing Tales of Love, Loss and Transformation

BY RABBI DAVID E. OSTRICHJANUARY 24, 2021 07:00 AM There is a line in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest” that presents one of the most frustrating aspects of reality. The governess, Miss Prism, is talking about a three-volume novel she once wrote. Her student, Cecily, is delighted. “How […]

Making Sense of Bad Things Happening to Good People

BY EVELYN WALDDECEMBER 27, 2020 07:00 AM I love winter! When I proclaim that to others they often respond, “really? I despise winter!” They point out how cold and dark and dreary it is in winter. My love for winter goes back to my childhood. When snow would appear, I’d […]

How ‘Wintering’ Can Help You Reflect and Explore

BY CHRISTIAN BRADYNOVEMBER 22, 2020 08:00 AM Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt adapted from the book “Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope” by Christian Brady published in September. Visit for more information. Hope is the very substance of the means of our […]

A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief and Hope

BY LUCAS WOLFENOVEMBER 01, 2020 06:00 AM I used to tell people I lived a perfect life. I grew up in a warm home with a loving family. I went to good schools and earned decent grades. I played a bunch of sports and had some talent at all of […]

Community is the Cure to Depression

BY MARY CURRANSEPTEMBER 27, 2020 09:00 AM Let’s face it, no one looks forward to planning a funeral or memorial service. Three years ago after the death of my husband, I was faced with just that task. Even when death is expected, as his was following a steep decline after […]

Mourning in a Virtual World

AUGUST 23, 2020 08:00 AM , UPDATED AUGUST 23, 2020 03:29 PM During these times of COVID-19 there are many losses students are facing. A graduate level class at Penn State shared some of theirs last month: Some personal losses I am experiencing are loss of personal contact, loss of […]

Their Own Losses, Their Own Words

BY EVELYN WALD JULY 26, 2020 08:00 AM Every year at the Out of the Darkness Walk I have the honor of leading the group in a poem: “We Remember Them” written by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer. “In the rising of the sun and its going down, […]

Learning to Live: How Remembering Helps Us Heal

BY BETH SHAHA June 28, 2020 I am like a canary. Years ago, canaries were used to help determine if a mine was safe from poisonous toxins in the air. Miners couldn’t sense these toxins, only canaries could. A canary is built sensitive enough to feel the toxins. If the […]

How Can We Listen to the Canaries in Our Lives?

BY JEREMY FILKO May 24, 2020 My loss came in the blink of an eye and is at the very center of what makes me who I am. One day I was newly promoted at my firm, the next I was struggling to talk. I felt like a marionette, watching […]

Broken Memories Create Loss of Ties