Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 27 ” . . . roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise . . . “

Wednesday, April 27  –  Mary Oliver and Pine Ridge, SD A friend sent me a Mary Oliver writing, new to me.  It doesn’t quite read like a poem.  More like two small essays connected.  They remind me of a saying-set … Continue reading

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April 25 — Tagore & final exams

Monday,  April 25   Rabindranath Tagore # 2   {Gitanjali} “When Thou commandest me to sing  .  .  .  . Finals week, fatigue, worries and self-doubt.  Finals week, courage, the joy of intellectual engagement.   Final exams reminded me of … Continue reading

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April 20 – Books for little people —> Rx 4 Reading Detroit

Wednesday  April 20 I’m traveling the rest of this week, to Denver for a Board of Trustees meeting at Regis University.   It makes a good opportunity for re-play two late April posts from last year, both guest edited.  Today … Continue reading

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April 18 – days that look like Spring should feel

Monday, April 18   —  leaves, & flowers waking up Must be spring.  I checked Weather.com’s allergy tracker this morning, a respiratory seasonal ritual for me and for many others.  Worth it, though,  Today’s dawn might be the seventh glorious morning … Continue reading

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April 15 – “Looking out the Window” Sam Anderson

Friday, April 15 “These things are a tiny taste of the bigness of the world. They were there before you looked; they will be there after you go. None of it depends on you.” I came across this short essay … Continue reading

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April 13 — Spring Walleye Run

Wednesday April 13  —   “We are reconciled, I think,  .  .  .  .  To too much.”   Mary Oliver I posted this piece from Crain’s last year, April 29.  It entrances me, imagining c. 10 million walleye migrating each … Continue reading

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April 11 — Start Close In

Monday, April 11 — “begin to pray from where you are”    The lives of Catherine McAuley, RSM and Ignatius Loyola, SJ, Detroit Mercy’s two foundational spirits, offer similar advice about beginnings:  try to notice where I am and begin … Continue reading

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April 8 – Edna St. Vincent Millay “Spring”

Friday,  April 8  —>  “To what purpose, April, do you return again?” Several weeks back The New York Times ran a piece on the 1924 Democratic National Convention.  When teaching US history, I found it helpful to single out 1924 … Continue reading

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April 6 — Can trash be beautiful?

Wednesday, I was meeting with some people yesterday and the topic of relentless on-campus trash came up;  same stories — throw-aways from MacDonalds, and soon enough, Burger King,  cigarette butts, plastic grocery bags caught in spring tree branches.  Like . … Continue reading

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April 4 – “Life is not hurrying . . . . on to a receding future . . . ” R. S. Thomas

Monday, April  4 “ . . .  and gone my way  .  .  .  .  .  and forgotten it” Another good friend, Springs Steele, emailed this poem to me early today.  I had not been familiar with R. S. Thomas. … Continue reading

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