Author Archives: mission-and-identity

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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Sept 20 – Gerard Manley Hopkins, sj — a place for sorrow in life

Wednesday, September 20 “it is the blight man was born for it is Margaret you mourn for” Several days ago a close friend told me that Hopkins’ “Spring and Fall,” when she read it, whispered deep down in her imagination. … Continue reading

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Sept 18 – Debra Spencer — two moments while holding the baby

Monday,  September 18 “I longed for sleep but couldn’t bear his crying so bore him back and forth until the sun rose and he slept.” Debra Spencer knocked on the door of my imagination this morning, asking “are these words enough … Continue reading

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