Monthly Archives: January 2019

Jan 21 – “the creation of the beloved community” Martin Luther King Jr

Weather.com  says that it’s -4º  at 8:00 am, peaking at +11º at 2:00 pm before heading down to -12º about 10:00 pm  — if you like high pressure and clear skies (n.b., I do.)  this is your kind of winter … Continue reading

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Jan 18 – -> Mary Oliiver and Mike Her Many Horses

Friday, January 18,  2019  –  Honoring two strong thinkers as they pass Mary Oliver has anointed the pages of the “Work Day/Hard Time” list many times since the list began in September 2103. It’s a good bet that her language will … Continue reading

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Jan 16 – Joy Harjo and Warsan Shire for a winter morning read

Several years ago,  Joy Harjo sent me her new book of poems: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, (New York: W H Norton, 2015).  This mid-week morning I decided to return to two pieces from Conflict Resolution. Taut, clean words that opened my … Continue reading

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Jan 14 – Xtmas season departs, “Ordinary Time” begins

Monday January 14, 2019   “Companion is the one who eats the same bread.” This morning when I opened the blinds in my room, early sun and snow traceries on the courtyard cloister walk roofs took my breath away.    Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Jan 11 – “that’s what got me – – to face into the wind’s teeth” – stories from Hiroshima 1945 part 2

Friday,  January 11, 2019 After Wednesday’s story of Pedro Arrupe, sj in 1945 Hiroshima when the Atomic Bomb decimated the city, a soul friend of 40 +   years emailed me with several more stories from Hiroshima that day.   Sr. Gerry … Continue reading

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Jan 9 Pedro Arrupe, sj – one of my heroes and mystic saints

Wednesday January 9 – “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.” Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. This man of great hope and playful humor served as the Jesuit Novice Director in Hiroshima, 1945, the day … Continue reading

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Jan 7 – – Jim Janda, eyes to notice places that turn out to be sacred

Monday, January 7 “Snow was blinding and blowing from a fierce wind . . .” Over these years of the Work Day/Hard Time poetry list I’ve learned to expect surprises. Strong poets almost never slip in an unnecessary word. “Flint-hard … Continue reading

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Jan 4 – “Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things,” – Naomi Shihab Nye

Friday,  January 4, 2019 “Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.” Last year in early March, a friend emailed me some lines from Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.”  She  connects … Continue reading

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Jan 2 Tagore # 2 “When thou commandest me to sing . . . “

Wednesday, January 2 —   “Drunk with the joy of singing” On this dawn of Term 2, out my window Livernois and McNichols morning traffic reminds me that this is a work day, the first of 2019;  administrators, staff,  faculty, … Continue reading

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