Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ancient Airs and Dances

October 31, The Eve of All Hallows Denise Levertov died in her late 60ies; I miss her, a fiery advocate for global justice and a poet of the sacred mysteries of intimacy. She published, in her later years, a wonderful … Continue reading

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wedding gifts

Wednesday Oct 30 In the 1980s UofD’s library had a framing service that did fine work. You could bring some piece you wanted framed,discuss the type and color of matting and frame, and pay a pretty reasonable price for a … Continue reading

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prayer for everyday

Tuesday October 29 This short prayer challenges me whenever I think to read it. It challenges me to recognize beauty while recognizing my propensity to nit pick about flaws. Flawed beauty is the only beauty on offer and, when I … Continue reading

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our hands

Monday  October 28 On  September 26 one year & one month ago, Dave Nantais, Director of University Ministry sent this blessing on the list.  It’s taken from the health care tradition of the Sisters of Mercy.    Dave introduced it … Continue reading

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Autumn Russet weekend

Friday October 25 Ending the work week, tending to the serious business of noticing beauty. Walking up the concrete steps by the Student Union stairs to the Titan Dining Room, a maple tree rich with color, stopped me. I looked … Continue reading

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Tagore 5 in praise of meditation

Thursday, October 24 “In easy times you don’t have to be so careful about your language, you will spontaneously find playful words, wise with kindness. In hard time it helps to pay attention to word choices. I decided to choose … Continue reading

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rape & revolutionary love

Wednesday, October 23 A recent grad called me last night to talk about a close women friend who had called him a few days before after she was raped by someone she knew. She was second close friend to open … Continue reading

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Missing Jim Leyland

Tuesday October 22 To me and lots of other people, Jim Leyland has been a class act manager.  I looked forward to his post game analyses — understated and funny, down to earth, smart.   I happened to be free … Continue reading

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Monday – Autumn colors

Monday October 21 Here’s another Gerard Manley Hopkins, maybe my favorite — exulting in autumn stirs my blood every year about now; leaves reaching to catch my attention and open me to stillness in the middle of a day’s hustle. … Continue reading

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G M Hopkins “To R.B.”

Friday October 18 At the History of Technology Annual Meeting in Porland ME last week I got talking with a younger colleague about some of the demanding challenges of adult commitments. Somewhere in that conversation I mentioned the Jesuit Poet … Continue reading

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