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April 18 – Mary Oliver “starling in winter”

Wednesday   April 18 – a song for very late winter My sibs and I gathered at Mary’s house on the edge of northern Wisconsin for a weekend.  A delicious and shocking visit from two back-to-back 12” blizzards, hurried along with … Continue reading

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April 16 – David Whyte between winter and spring

Monday, April 16, 2018 “To hear another’s voice, follow your own voice” This post first appeared here in February 2017 during an in-between time with hints of spring in a winter context.  I am writing from my sister Mary’s snow-bound … Continue reading

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April 12 “Three Cairns”

April 12 – Three Stone Cairns and One Bird – Andy Goldsworth and Emily Dickenson Posted on April 19, 2017 by mission-and-identity Thursday, April 12 — Three Cairns – This little boy exploring a large stone egg got me wondering the way art … Continue reading

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Monday April 9 Mary Kelly rsm – days of a deep goodbye

April 9 – Saying goodbye to your soul friend and sister  Monday,  April 9   Mary Kelly rsm and Denise Levertov I’ve finally opened Denise Levertov’s last book, The Great Unknowing: Last Poems.  She is one of my go-to poets and … Continue reading

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April 6, Mary Kelly rsm

Sr Mary Kelly, RSM  + April 6, 2018 We are a university.   Here, people listen, take each other seriously.  Teachers listen to students.   Some students once told one of our master teachers that s/he was most scary when one … Continue reading

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April 4 – Not all April days are equal

Wednesday April 4, 2018 Last evening about 7:00 pm our first notable thunder-lightening storm swept through, pretty intense rain coming along for the ride.  If you love thunderstorms — I do — this might lead you to open windows and … Continue reading

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April 2 — a new poet the second day of Easter

Monday, April 2  – “Call yourself alive?” Easter, like Lent in the Christian tradition, unfolds over 40 days;  its stories are alive with hope emerging from grim times.  A poet friend of 40 years lives in and around the wide world, … Continue reading

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Holy Thursday – Naomi Shihab Nye – “Missing the Boat”

Thursday,  March 29 You could imagine that today’s poet, Naomi Shihab-Nye, had read Monday’s post where I tipped my hat and even bowed my head to remember my soul friend Connie di Biase.   About our long shared love, I … Continue reading

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march 23 – “Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things,” Naomi Shihab Nye

Friday March 23, 2018 “Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things,” Last year in early March, a friend emailed me some lines from Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness.”  She  connects kinship and love with other elements of living … Continue reading

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March 14 – David Whyte “The Journey”

Wednesday, March 14 “so you can find the one line already written inside you.” St. Ignatius teaches the art of noticing what wants to be remembered. Try to remember everything and you turn wacky before long. Noticing what wants your … Continue reading

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