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CALL OFF THE BLAME GAME
These Days when a mistake or wrong takes place in government, in the workplace, even in the family, a common scenario seems to play itself out. With ever-increasing frequency, people play "the blame game." As soon as the misdeed becomes evident, there's an impulsive rush to determine who will shoulder responsibility for it, often accompanied by destructive and demoralizing displays of self-justification, zealous fact-finding, condemnation, partisan bickering, smugness, even glee. In the case of high-profile news stories, such an issue can take on a life of its own, dominating the airwaves as opposing sides jockey for the best sound bite and seek opportunities to claim the moral high ground.
This isn't by any means to suggest that wrongdoing should go unaccounted for, or that the system of justice should cease to play its vital role in today's society. But because it is not well-intentioned, the blame game shouldn't be part of the process. It doesn't serve any meaningful function in dispensing justice, and those who devote their energies to playing it are actually diverting attention from constructive solution-finding.
with contributions from PATRICIA GRIFFIN, BOB PRESS, DIANA CLARK, MARALEE KNOWLEN, DELORES F. BAUGHMAN
Gratitude for today
INGRID PESCHKE, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Kenneth L. Carder, Jacob Berkman
Why give thanks?
BY KAY OLSON
When gratitude changed me
FLORA CAPARROS with contributions from PHILIP M. OSAGIE, ROBIN WEILAND, JEREMY BOWERS
Thanksgiving: a search in the archives
BY JUDY HUENNEKE
Gifting of thanks
Thank you, God
with contributions from Megan, Max, Claire, Melsy, Jessica, Emily, Skyler, Brian, Kelsey, Andrew, Taylor, Jennifer
Christian Science pulled me from the depths
BY MARC FRIEL
HEALING THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE PAST
'WALK IN THE LIGHT'
MY UNFOLDING PATH TO PRACTICE
THE SCRIPTURES—ALL THE WAY THROUGH
FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN
A LIFE-CHANGING HEALING
SUSAN SCHIRM TESCHKE
PERSISTENT PRAYER BRINGS RESULTS
HEALED THEN, AND NOW