Feature Articles

Aug 22, 2014

Submit Your Story (Linkup): The Power of Storytelling at Work

From 2010-2012, I worked at a charity which resettled refugees from all over the world. In cooperation with the U.S. State Department and national resettlement services, our agency helped these victims of war and persecution to start over in the United States. We provided them with a furnished apartment, pocket...
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Aug 21, 2014

Elevator Operator

Elevator Operator
Bruce Renfroe, an elevator operator in New York City, quickly came to recognize the same somber faces riding his elevator every day. The passengers rarely spoke or even acknowledged one another. Bruce Renfroe took action.Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Make Yourself at Home

“Make yourself at home.” You know the expression, even said it yourself to guests. It rolls off the tongue in a moment of warmth so generous you believe you actually mean it. We can’t mean it, though, can we? I live in my own home in ways you wouldn’t in...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Dare to Ask

When I was a kid, we often traveled from our home in Georgia to Upstate South Carolina. We loaded up our yellow 1972 Dodge Dart and spent weekends, holidays, and vacations visiting aunts, uncles, and cousins. I suppose even if there had been a hotel or motel in the town...Read more +
Aug 19, 2014

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community

Restoring Homes to Restore a Community (Kimberly)
When other companies might be inclined to tear down an old house, the Renner Project chooses to restore it.Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Making Room

The summer I turned nine, I survived leaving home for the first time. As a homebody, the thought of two weeks away at summer camp made my stomach queasy. Despite incessant pleas to skip summer entirely, I became a very homesick camper at Laity Lodge’s Singing Hills. I can’t remember...Read more +
Aug 17, 2014

Outrageous Hospitality: Love on a Plane

It began as a normal plane ride. We’d been airborne twenty minutes, and my thoughts were already shifting to domestic tasks, things happily forgotten for three days during a busy academic conference: an electrical problem with an upstairs hall light, a daughter’s dental appointment. Our flight departed Boston at day’s...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014

Friends

It was the 2000 Olympic trials. Two competitors prepared to face off in the taekwondo finals. The winner would represent the United States at the Sydney Olympic Games. The loser would find a seat in the stands. And the winner was a foregone conclusion. Because in the semifinals one of...Read more +
Aug 15, 2014

Submit Your Story (Linkup): A Letter to My Younger Self

I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers...Read more +
Aug 14, 2014

"As a Manager, How Do You Interact With Your Employees?" — J. B. Wood

"As a Manager, How do You Interact With Your Employees?" - JB Wood
It's very easy to forget that our team and the people reporting to us and working for us are just that . . . they're people. And people—I don't care who you are—deep down they want to be acknowledged, they want to be appreciated.Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Growing up in Mexico, the courteous response to a compliment about a physical possession was always to offer to let the person borrow it. It sounds strange now, but “te lo presto cuando quieras” (you can borrow it whenever you want) was a common phrase I used, I heard it from others, and we acted on it regularly. We borrowed many things from each other, and truly valued sharing as one of the highest forms of a compliment. In this...Read more +