How Loss And Struggle Can Lead To New Insights

How Loss And Struggle Can Lead To New Insights via @andrewdkaufman #loss #struggle #insights #newyear

Loss and Struggle At the beginning of December, I finally got the total hip replacement I’d been avoiding. All that was left of my right hip for the past few years was a pile of jagged spurs and dead bone rubbing excruciatingly against one another like a constant, throbbing toothache in my leg that a…

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This is How Gratitude in a Broken World Looks

This is How Gratitude in a Broken World Looks by @andrewdkaufman #gratitude #life #gunviolence

  Tragedy Strikes A few weeks ago, on Monday, November 14, I woke up to the news that three students at the University of Virginia, where I teach–Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry–had been murdered and two others wounded the night before by another UVa student who opened fire inside a charter bus…

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How to Have Radical Hope in Troubled Times

How to Have Radical Hope in Troubled Times by @andrewdkaufman #hope #trouble #life

  Hope In The Sadness A few weeks ago it was a beautiful Monday in Northern Virginia, where I celebrated the Fourth of July with my family. I felt good about life and at peace with the world, a rarity for me these days. Late in the afternoon, a headline popped up on my phone…

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Why Most Russians Still Love Putin

How Dostoyevsky Helps Explain Why Russians Still Love Putin by @andrewdkaufman #Putin #Ukraine #war

I’m often asked how Russian literature of the past can help illuminate Russian politics today. I recently wrote an article on this very subject and received a number of follow-up questions. One of the most interesting of them was: Why is Putin still so popular in Russia despite the world’s response to his war and…

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Why I Choose Love

Why I Choose Love by @andrewdkaufman #love #schools #parenting

A few months ago, I watched my 9-year-old son conquer his fears and climb to the top of an indoor rock wall, a big accomplishment for him. As I lingered over the photos a day later, I thought of the parents of those children massacred in Uvalde who will never again get to watch their…

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Why Giving Everyone a Second Chance Is Important

Why Giving Everyone a Second Chance Is Important by @andrewdkaufman #SecondChance #giving #everyone

Which crimes deserve to be punished by incarceration is a question that’s getting a lot of attention right now. And rightly so, as 2.3 million people are now living in America’s state and federal prison system. While reducing this number is an ongoing concern, everyone can agree on one thing — once someone is released…

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As Educators, What Can We Learn from the Attack on the Capitol?

As Educators, What Can We Learn from the Attack on the Capitol? by @AndrewDKaufman #Capitol #politics #Constitution #educators

A week after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the pictures are still hard to fathom. While peaceful demonstrations are rightfully a part of life in Washington, this incident is unlike anything we’ve seen in two centuries. The Senate chamber was breached by people wearing combat gear and carrying zip ties. A Confederate…

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