Monthly Archives: May 2016

“Enough. These few words are enough.” David Whyte

Friday May 27  –  “Enough. These few words are enough.”  David Whyte “Remember sunscreen” —   Pine Ridge, SD is about 3400 ft above sea level,  sun shines more directly here than in Motown at 300 ft elevation.   In most … Continue reading

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May 13 — your child growing up

Friday, May 13 “Young as she is, the stuff Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy” Which is more challenging? to notice beauty, delicate, stirring wonder . . .  and then to go to the beauty … Continue reading

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May 11 “To a Daughter Leaving Home”

Wednesday May 11 Once again, a friend sent me a poem.  Linda Paston is subtle, delicate, and surprising.   I think you will like it. Middle of the week after commencement. blessings,   john sj Today’ Post  Linda Paston   … Continue reading

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May 16 – rules are meant to be broken sometimes

Monday May 16 — rules are meant to be broken sometimes Usually, you shouldn’t repeat the same poet’s work too close together.  Going to do it anyway — Joy Harjo two Mondays in a row.   Before I decided about … Continue reading

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Commencement Days — a shout out for faculty, deans, and all other mentors . . . . and for their students and their families

Friday, May 13  — Gerard Manly Hopkins, sj  —  beauty & courage Today and tomorrow our university holds three commencements  (School of Dentistry at 9:30 today,  School of Law at 5:00 this afternoon,  the Main Campus  1:30 tomorrow).  It’s important … Continue reading

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May 11 – Mary Oliver

Wednesday,  May 11   “One day you finally knew / what you had to do, and began,  / though the voices around you /  kept shouting  / their bad advice” Readers often introduce me to poets I’d not met, and … Continue reading

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May 9 – Joy Harjo in 1968

Monday May 9   Joy Harjo’s birthday, Every year on May 9, I remember how we met in 1968, both of us a lot younger then, not knowing then that a long friendship was beginning.   For one semester this young … Continue reading

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Friday May 6 – An obit for Dan Berrigan

Friday,  May 6 “ . . . a thin navy blue backpack, “light as a feather,” his niece Frida Berrigan said. He brought it everywhere.” Perhaps it’s the time of night (late by my standards).  I find Jim Dwyer’s  New York … Continue reading

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Re: May 2 – Dan Berrigan, sj ✠ April 30, 2016

Dear John and all, Thank you for sharing Dan Berrigan’s poem, and thanks to Nick Rombes for the links to old newspaper articles. A friend mentioned to me that Dan’s funeral mass will be simulcast by America magazine, starting tomorrow … Continue reading

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May 4 – Naomi

Wednesday, May 4  – from Santa Clara CA A busy day here,  an Advisory Board Meeting for the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurs, a board I have come to love working with.  Helped by another great poem, passed along to … Continue reading

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