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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • My Dad is a Natural Storyteller

    Professor, author, counselor and theologian David Augsburger wrote, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” I saw that come true when my dad visited me at a business luncheon on a sunny day last October.

    Rebecca Buell Rebecca Buell
    Feb 25, 2019
  • The Power of Empathy

    Imagine a world where escalating discord, decreases to a point of near extinction. A place where people feel connected every day, and can view themselves in another’s shoes, seeing life through a foreign lens. A world where each person feels valuable and necessary to the future of mankind, and thus making a place for themselves in history.

    Julie Chapman Julie Chapman
    May 09, 2016