Category Archives: Mission and Identity

Aug 16 – University Convocation

Wednesday, August 16  “the step you don’t want to take”  David Whyte Convocation gathers women and men who come to work at our 3 campuses, week in and week out, to take the thousands of small steps that make a … Continue reading

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Aug 14 – Kenji Miyazawa 宮沢 賢治 “Be Not Defeated by the Rain”

Monday, August 14, 2017    “Never angry Always smiling quietly Dining daily on four cups of brown rice Some miso and a few vegetables” In late August 2015,  Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa met me for the first time when I … Continue reading

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Aug 11– a poem of courage and beauty written in 1921

Friday, August 11   “Young as she is, the stuff Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy: I wish her a lucky passage.” Richard Wilbur wrote this poem about his young daughter, as she labored … Continue reading

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Aug 9 — “your graceful, confident shrug and twist . . . “

Wednesday,  August 9, 2017 —  “then it is that the miracle walks in, on his swift feet . . .” Is it harder to stand still in a place of grief or a place of joy?   Last evening, on … Continue reading

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Aug 7 – Keep me from going to sleep too soon

Monday,  August 7, 2017 These early August work days feel like beginnings to me.  Summer break memories still feel recent.  Perhaps that’s why I turned to this Robert Francis poem a friend sent me early in July.  Line by line … Continue reading

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Aug 4 — “Grandmother loans out guardian angels”

Friday, August 4, 2017 Last night my sibs and I all called each other.   Mary called to tell me that Bill’s intimate friend of 60 + years had died on the golf course, a loss for all of us, … Continue reading

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Aug 1 — The Badger Ferry across the big lake — summer ending beneath a million stars

Tuesday August 1  — “here come the stars” Yesterday, I wrote the account of my travel home from vacation for two soul friends who live in Detroit.   It turned into a card honoring St. Ignatius whose feast day was … Continue reading

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Poetry List taking a break from being on summer break

June 26, 2017 Almost mid-summer. Feels to me like time for a break in the routine of summer break. W H Auden came to mind while I prayed this morning. Have a blest day as this work week begins.   … Continue reading

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Celebrating Detroit’s process of rebirth

Wednesday, May 31 I hadn’t begun to look for a poem this morning for today’s post, technically at least, the final post before Work Day/Hard Time’s summer break (back again August 1).  I was only browsing Crain’s Detroit Business before turning to … Continue reading

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May 26 — goodbyes over a half century in Pine Ridge Rez

Friday, May 26, 2017 Most of this year’s time on the Rez I’ve already lived;  I begin to ease into the kind of sadness that tells me that the beauty of these long friendships and the long love of this … Continue reading

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