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IRS Tools for Non-Filers

The IRS has launched a tool for non-filers to enter their payment information to receive their Economic Impact Payment. According to the IRS, it provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligat...

Quarantine Relationship Advice

For hundreds of thousands of years, even the most devoted couples have been uttering some version of that basic romantic principle: ‘I married you for better or for worse, but not for lunch.’ This article by John Tierney and Roy F. Baume...

Tips for a Virtual Seder

“How is this night different from all other nights? ” This question, that is part of the Passover ritual dinner, will have a very different answer this year given that we are all living in the shadow of a pandemic. Instead of gathering ...

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A Lent for the Record Books

As many of us are in quarantine as a result of illness, exposure, “Shelter in Place” orders, or simply as a means of self protection, few of us actually know the origin of the word. Quarantine “means about 40, in French, and its Latin or...

Songs of Comfort

Music is something that actually looks into the inside, that that knows no boundaries, and if we can actually express what is in our insides and show that, then this is the beginning of a deeper understanding of one another. … We’re coll...

Free Zoom Accounts for Schools

If your school is closed and you’re wondering how to keep kids connected, zoom is now offering free accounts for schools. Teachers could teach in a virtual classroom, and kids without computer or internet can call in from a phone to a lo...

Illustrated Guide For Families

This is an awesome guide from MANUELA MOLINA – @MINDHEART.KIDS WWW.MINDHEART.CO Checkout this guide and workbook for families. It can help your kids (and you) understand what’s happening! You’ve probably already figured it out: our kids ...

Making Community in New Ways

From the Independent, March 13th, Kate Ng As life in Italy grinds to a halt amid a nationwide lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, one street was filled with song as the community banded their voices together i...

Sabbath

By Lynn Unger What if you thought of itas the Jews consider the Sabbath — the most sacred of times?Cease from travel.Cease from buying and selling.Give up, just for now,on trying to make the worlddifferent than it is.Sing. Pray. Touch o...

Tips for Hosting Online Conversation

Looking for an alternative to face-to-face events in the time of Coronavirus? People have been experimenting with synchronous online convening for years and the tools continue to improve. Here are some suggestions from Peggy Holman...

You Can Hear the Birds Again

Brother Richard is a priest-friar of the Irish branch of the Capuchin Franciscan Order. For over twenty years he has worked to bring the insights of the Christian contemplative tradition to greater public awareness, particularly with ref...