Readers write: Breakfasts with Dad, Muslim coverage, ‘suburbia’s new face’ cover story, thoughtful investigation

Letters to the editor for the July 10, 2017 weekly magazine.

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Muslims perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 25, 2017.

Breakfasts with Dad

Regarding the June 12 Home Forum essay, “Breakfasts that nourished my dreams”: This was an appropriate story for Father’s Day weekend. The author’s evocation of leisurely spending time at the breakfast table jogs personal memories for me, especially as I note younger generations skipping breakfast or running out with an energy bar. 

And the singing: My father would sing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” or “Jimmy Crack Corn,” and it set a cheerful tone for the day ahead.

Deanne Hart

Watsonville, Calif.

Muslim coverage

Regarding the June 23 Monitor Daily article “Ramadan? There’s an app for that”: I so appreciate the way the Monitor covers stories about the Muslim community, their culture, and beliefs. The more people learn to understand Muslims, the less opportunity there will be for ignorance, hatred, and prejudice.

Elizabeth Dawn

Goleta, Calif.

‘Suburbia’s new face’ cover story

Regarding the June 5 cover story, “Suburbia’s new face”: This was an excellent article with deep research and outstanding photos. 

This article made me sign up for future Christian Science Monitor material. The article was sent to me by a friend who long ago lived in Pearland, Texas.

Bob Askey

Longmont, Colo.

Thoughtful investigation

Regarding the June 6 Monitor Daily story “Why the internet remains an ISIS training ground”: This is an excellent story! These are the nuanced topics – the gray areas – that deserve thoughtful investigation. Thank you and keep it up.

Nate Bermel

Brookline, Mass.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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