Writings by Cole Huffman

Category: Friendship

To See Behind Walls

God knows it’s not easy Taking on the shape of someone else’s pain                         —U2, “The Troubles” The finest definition of empathy I’ve found has it that empathy is the ability to become a naturalized citizen of another’s world. Naturalization, however, introduces its pilgrims to internal conflicts, for to make... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jul 12
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Camels and Gnats, Terrorists and Refugees

One afternoon a young scholar toiled away on his PhD dissertation at a top American university’s Poverty Research Center. A poor person walked in. He’d seen the sign on the building and figured it was a place to get help. No one in the Poverty Research Center knew what to do except call security on him. Arthur Brooks tells that story in his book The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America . There in the Poverty Research Center wannabe wonks and social... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 15
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Easter and the Girl Next Door

The house behind us long sat empty as a FSBO.   I called the owner a few weeks ago before trimming back some overgrown shrubs on his side of the four-foot tall picket fence that runs the length of our mutual property line.   The overgrowth had killed the grass on my side.   “Be my guest,” was his reply. “I’ve sold the house and the new residents arrive next month.   I think he’ll replace the fence with a new one, anyway.   Oh—they have a six-year-old daughter.”... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Apr 21
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