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  • Paying to Listen

    Once at a local coffee shop, I struck up a conversation with an older man from my neighborhood, asked him about his dogs, and how his weekend was going. What started as surface-level, neighborly conversation soon took a quick dive into him sharing his world—a pending divorce he didn’t want, a son struggling with health issues, business dealings and wondering how he could find meaning in the twilight of his career.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Feb 24, 2021
  • Hope and Empathy: Working Together to Ease Unrest

    How one Michigan organization is using hope and empathy to help ease tensions during this time of unrest.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Aug 05, 2020
  • When the World is Unfathomable, Seek to Understand

    Sitting in my St. Louis home office watching live coverage of protests waging across my city tonight, I am reminded of similar scenes six years ago when the nation and beyond focused on Ferguson, a sister suburb just a few miles away. As I type I can hear sirens raging in the distance, the distinct cacophony of fire, police, and ambulances blending into a far-too-familiar soundtrack of city life in the days of social unrest.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Jun 01, 2020
  • Chemistry, Choosing Words and Cheesesteak

    I am an average cook at best. I mean, at the very best. Sure, there are a few things I can cook really well, but the remainder of the stuff pre-March 2020 was barely palatable, so when you averaged it out, it was, well, average. My very best kitchen skill is ordering carryout.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    May 20, 2020
  • In Work, Community, and Home: The Practice of Empathetic Communication

    Join Executive Director of Our Community Listens, Rebecca Buell, as she talks with Jacqueline Bulanow, a nurse, Cardiac Rehab Specialist, OCL facilitator, and her husband, Gregory, who serves as Fire Chief for the North Charleston Fire Department. Hear how they are adapting to the quarantine life and living with empathy.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    May 18, 2020
  • How to be an Awesome Role Model Even When You Mess Up!

    What does it mean to be a role model and how do we navigate relationships when our behavior isn’t the model we intend? Michael Desparrios explains how to be a role model while being "chronically human."

    Michael Desparrois Michael Desparrois
    May 13, 2020
  • The Ripple Effect of Listening

    Small changes – choosing to value people, choosing to live authentically out of the truths we hold dear, choosing to listen, share a passion, share a courageous vision – can impact the world for someone you may never meet.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    May 08, 2020
  • Charging Up and Staying Connected

    Can you imagine driving a car without ever stopping for gas or, if electric, stopping to plug it in? No—any person who drives knows it would eventually leave us stranded on the side of the road. So, why would we do this to ourselves biologically or socially?

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Apr 20, 2020
  • The Joy of Being Known, Being Heard

    This afternoon in the sunny confines of my front porch, I am reflecting on a precious friend who for the last five years has given me the very best gifts. In this time of Sheltering in Place and social distancing, as a non-partnered person, connection and community is taking different forms. So, here, ruminating on my dear friend Alan Winslow, I am basking in both the sun and what it means to really be known, really be heard.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Mar 31, 2020
  • What is in Your Hand?

    There is in the Old Testament a story of a reluctant leader named Moses standing before a burning bush, being called upon to the great task of leading a group of people through a very hard time. This hesitant headman wanted nothing to do with the nation of people confused, shaken, and crying out for help.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Mar 19, 2020