Author Archives: mission-and-identity

Oct 18 – The Connecticut shore while leaves change color

For me retreat offers stillness and a soft pace for breathing.   One of my neices sent me a new poet, for me that is, Lisa J Starr’s Mad With Yellow was published in 2008. blessings john sj Today’s Post   My Inner … Continue reading

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October 16 ” . . . a moment . . . to sit by thy side”

Monday October 16    annual retreat days If you emailed me this week, you would receive this auto-response message. “From Sunday Oct 15 until Sunday Oct 22 I will be making my personal retreat in New England.  I will occasional check … Continue reading

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oct 11 grateful praise for trash tenders and their tools

Wednesday, October 11  in DC National heading to Denver hi.  I’ve hustled the Metro to the airport getting ready to board for Denver via Minneapolis for Regis University’s Trustee meeting beginning this evening. In place of a usual poem, I … Continue reading

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Oct 9 — Denise Levertov — “Greyhaired, I have not grown wiser, unless to perceive absurdity is wisdom.”

October 9, 2017 –  “drumming the roof, the rain’s insistent heartbeat” I’ll be gone all week — Mon-Wed      meeting with Conference of Mercy Higher Education Mission officers in DC.   Wed—>early Sat   Denver for the Trustee meeting at Regis … Continue reading

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Oct 6 — Mary Oliver “there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own,”

Friday, October 6, 2017 “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice” Readers often surprise me with stories about a poem or a poet or self … Continue reading

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Oct 4 — Al Ward — “If Grand River Were a River”

Wednesday, October 4   If Grand River were a river, Elephants could drink from it And I would wash my clothes Among its stones. With thanks to Rosemary, here is her post from February 26, 2014, a poem by one … Continue reading

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Oct 2, “Shiraz . . . my city is that cup of sunshine . . . “

Monday, October 2 “My city is that cup of sunshine. . .” Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, University of Maryland’s Roshan Chair of Persian Studies, is a poet and a scholar. In September 2014, she welcomed us into our academic year by … Continue reading

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sept 29 – Denise Levertov “no effort earns that all-surrounding grace”

Friday,      September 29  “so would I learn to attain           freefall . . . ” This Friday begins the university homecoming weekend,  races and games, alums meeting across generations;  September ends with storytelling and singing, with good food and drink.   … Continue reading

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Sept 27 — Mary Oliver “What I have learned so far”

Wednesday, September 27  {Posted on  May 11, 2016} Readers often introduce me to poets I’d not met, and sometimes re-introduce an already well-known poet with surprise from that poet’s work.  That happened this week.  A soul friend and  list reader … Continue reading

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sept – 1903 — 2017 = 114

Monday, September 25  “Amidst all this tripping about”   Catherine McAuley 1840 Catherine McAuley could have been writing about Detroit Mercy as our new year cranks up in this memorable saying from her over-busy life leading the fledgling Sisters of … Continue reading

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