Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30 – “a gritty, close-to-the-ground place”

Wednesday April 30 —  the day before May         A long time UDM friend reminded me that on Ash Wednesday I more or less promised leaves on trees by Easter.  “Where are they?” she demanded.  A little defensive, I look back … Continue reading

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April 29 – new members to the list

Tuesday April 29 — New UDM employees on this list It took me 5 months to figure out that this list does not automatically include new UDM employees. It’s not hard to include people but I didn’t think to ask … Continue reading

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April 28 — Mary Oliver, “Early Morning, My Birthday”

Monday April 28 “The world’s otherness is antidote to confusion” A Jesuit friend, Bill Pauly, who died young in 2006 (heart attack), gave me Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems, Vol 1 in 2004 when I drove to Santa Clara … Continue reading

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April 25 – savoring the week

Friday April 25, 2014 — savoring During my morning contemplation when I ordinarily write this post, I noticed a reminder I frequently repeat: “It helps to read a poem out loud. And more than once.” So I read Denise Levertov’s … Continue reading

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April 24 – Making Peace

Thursday April 24, 2014 Easter Thursday “I massaged (Utash’s) neck, and got his circulation going.” Deborah Hughes “I looked out the window and saw that the boy had been hit, so I threw on my coat and ran out there,” … Continue reading

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April 23, A spring workday

Wednesday, April 23 – The Back Bay in April During the 1980s and early 90s I was a visiting faculty member at MIT’s Science, Technology and Society Program 5 times. I lived in a down-at-the-heels Jesuit set of row houses … Continue reading

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April 22 – “fullness and ripeness, time and energy, loss and endurance”

Tuesday April 22 — Three Cairns – sculpture This little boy exploring a large stone egg got me wondering the way art should.  Two artists here, the sculptor and the mom w camera.  So I emailed his mom back asking about the … Continue reading

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April 21 — a patch of old snow

Monday April 21 — Spring’s a-game Easter dinner 60 miles from campus on the farm of Professor Mark Paulik, his wife Helene, and their two children, plus another family (+ smaller children) with splendid food good drink, love and conversation. … Continue reading

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April 17 – “quick-eyed love”

Thursday April 17 – The Last Supper In the Christian tradition the Last Supper is celebrated on this day. It’s about a meal, and about the sacredness of hospitality. Last year Pope Francis shocked the Catholic world by celebrating Holy … Continue reading

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April 16 – weariness – Mahalia Jackson

Wednesday of Holy Week – April 16 – “that I might know how to speak to the weary” The days of Holy Week take the four mysterious Songs of the Servant of God from their places in Isaiah to give … Continue reading

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