• A Shortage of Grace

    In a virtual coffee conversation with coworkers the other day, the topic came up of how short people are getting with one another. Well-meaning, well-intended, big-hearted and great-natured individuals seem to be nonexempt. Six full months into Pandemic 2020, my teammate observed, at grocery stores, on highways, in workplaces, in families, and even in houses of faith, there seems to be a pervasive “shortage of grace.”

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Sep 23, 2020
  • Returning to Basics of Humanity, Connection and Care

    It’s been said that most of the things we need to know in life we learn in kindergarten. While primary school doesn’t teach us calculus or chemistry, it does teach us skills more readily and widely applicable in daily life.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Sep 18, 2020
  • Reliving Quality Time: Memories of the Past Bring Insight to the Present

    Cleaning and purging bookcases earlier this week, I ran across a beloved treasure. There on the seldom-seen top shelf, ensconced in a thin layer of dust, was a set of eight slightly-yellowed Laura Ingalls Wilder books about her life growing up on the Midwestern prairies. With a smile I took one down, looked at the 50-years-passed printing date, and snuggled into warm memories.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Aug 25, 2020
  • 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
  • Reciprocal Relationships and How Our Community Listens Can Inspire Youth

    Our Community Listens imagines a society in which we care for each other first, and one way we strive to achieve this is through inspiring youth. With that in mind, Educational Initiatives Leader Mike Desparrois and I started on a journey to discover what OCL’s contribution could be in the field of education.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Jul 20, 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