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The scene is familiar the world over: a parent speaks to their baby in that high, singsong voice we now know as “parentese;” the baby reacts with wide, interested eyes and maybe a bit of babble of her own, which brings the parent in to smile warmly, peer into those baby eyes and keep the conversation going.  With every glance and coo, the parents are saying, “I’m here. You have my attention.” These moments of...
In our talk of care, we frequently focus on questions of where, who and what. We rarely ask questions of why we care and what it means to care. Similarly, much of the modern care conversation centers around (very real!) struggles and scarcity. That’s why I was so pleased to read journalist Elissa Strauss’ new book, When You Care: The Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others.
In our talk of care, we frequently focus on questions of where, who and what. We rarely ask questions of why we care and what it means to care. Similarly, much of the modern care conversation centers around (very real!) struggles and scarcity. That’s why I was so pleased to read journalist Elissa Strauss’ new book, When You Care: The Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others.

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