Category Archives: Mission and Identity

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 22 “fatigue and the grief from several deaths that came too close in time and very close in the soul.” anonymous

Friday, September 22  “Lovely as the roses are, I might rather hide huddled in a cave” first posted October 28, 2015 Ordinarily, when people come to the Jesuit Residence for a few days of stillness and prayer, the house welcomes … 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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Sept 13 – Detroit Homecoming

Wednesday,  September 13, 1017   “Flocking back to the D: Detroit Homecoming 2017” Is this the third or the fourth Detroit Homecoming?   3 high-profile days when former Detroiter’s, now successful and resourceful, are invited back for a three day pitch … Continue reading

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