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Jan 23 — a soul friend sent me a new poem – blows my mind

Thursday, January 23 “I wish, though, I had known sooner, to have helped you go on living” Rebecca is surely not the only soul friend who has received, and carried, the violent news that her/his soul friend has taken a … Continue reading

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Jan 21 – Martin Luther King Jr

Tuesday, January 21  “Deeds, not words.” I have heard this thought expressed many times recently. It’s spoken with a conviction that words have done little to change things in desperate need of change. Words are empty or, worse, they are smokescreens … Continue reading

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Jan 15 Rumi – “The Guest House”

Wednesday, January 14— “The Guest House” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎) “The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.” One of my soul friends of many years emailed … Continue reading

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Jan 13 – Jane Kenyon “Happiness . . . the way it turns up like a prodigal. . . “

Monday, January 13 – Jane Kenyon – “There’s just no accounting for happiness” I’d not met Jane Kenyon until David Grubin caught my attention with her “Happiness” in an email back on a February 2017  morning.   Kenyon gets it about understated, even … Continue reading

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Jan 6 – – Poet Laureate Joy Harjo “Talking with the Sun”

Joy Harjo blessing her 4th grand child near Manhattan’s tall buildings Monday January 6, 2020 “I hear from my Inuit and Yupik relatives up north that everything has changed.  It’s so hot; there is not enough winter. Animals are confused. … Continue reading

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Dec 23 – “O Emmanuel” the 7th and final O Antiphon

Monday, December 23  —   “my little heart loses its limits in joy” Advent ends today: three plus weeks of prophecy daring us to see the world, realistically,  as  beautiful and beloved.   That dare can shake us when Advent’s antiphons … Continue reading

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Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, 1946, Marinette Wisconsin

This photo was taken, probably by my Dad, in 1946.  Dr. Redeman, a family friend, was Santa. He visited the homes of parents with children on Christmas Eve in our small town. Three of us four children sit in little … Continue reading

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Dec 22 – 6th Antiphon O Rex Gentium – O King of the Nations

Sunday, December 22 Sunday before Christmas O Antiphon #6   O Rex Gentium – O King of the Nations O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! Today’s Post: … Continue reading

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Dec 21 – Solstice 5th O Antiphon

Dec 21 shortest daylight = solstice Saturday, December 21  –  O Oriens At Detroit’s latitude we will have 9 hours and 3 minutes of daylight, 14 hours and 57 minutes of night time. Our shortest day. Today’s O Antiphon, “O … Continue reading

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Dec 20 – Antiphon # 4 – “O Key of David”

Friday,  December 20 “Come and lead us who sit bound with chains in the prison house” I am still in the working class suburb down river from Baden, PA.  The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden and I tell each other stories … Continue reading

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