Archive for the 'Humanities' Category

A Haiku

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

One scarlet pearl forms like a secret emerging from a holy place. “Ouch!” by Frank Kolodziej c2003 / Exit Wound

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The Rabbit Trick

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

A white rabbit is pulled out of a top hat. Because it is an extremely large rabbit, the trick takes many billions of years. All mortals are born at the very tip of the rabbit’s fine hairs, where they are in a position to wonder at the impossibility of the trick. But as they grow […]

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Lovely Blessing

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Blessing the boats (at St. Mary’s) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back may you open your eyes to water water waving forever and may […]

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Poetry and Zen

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

I have posted this quote before, but it’s useful to have a reminder: On Writing Poetry Considering the ways in which so many of us waste our time, what would be wrong with a world in which everybody were writing poems? After all, there’s a significant service to humanity in spending time doing no harm. […]

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Creeping Toward Commitment

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

For much of my life I’ve wandered on a spiritual journey without knowing quite where to go. One of the paths I began to explore in the late 1990s was meditation. I took a Vipassana meditation class, read books, and occasionally pretended to be serious about it. In 2003 I began this blog in part […]

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Do It Now

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Time is very precious. Do not wait until you are dying to understand your spiritual nature. If you do it now, you will discover resources of kindness and compassion you didn’t know you had. It is from this mind of intrinsic wisdom and compassion that you can truly benefit others….Moment by moment, we should look […]

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My Brain Hurts Sometimes

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Today Claire asked, “What is a symbol?” I tried to answer. A symbol is a small picture that represents a thing that has a certain meaning. The letter T for the “t” sound, for example. Words are symbols. A red light is a symbol, telling people to make their car stop at it, while a […]

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I Might Rather Talk About How Babies Are Made

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Husband and I are best described as agnostic. I grew up Catholic but am no longer practicing, and I do not agree with/believe/follow the creed. However, we are trying to ensure Claire grows up with an awareness of what this season is about beyond Santa (though Santa is special too, and about love). We read […]

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How We Get Here Part 2: The Identity Project

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

To continue with my exploration (see this and this), I’m posting some thoughts from Singh’s book. I’m not certain I have the energy to do more than quote her, as I’m emotionally buffeted by some personal family issues lately (on both sides of our family). So, we are born and we grow. We encounter “splits” […]

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New Version

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

If you were raised in the Christian tradition, read this prayer below and see if it rings true for you, and if it seems familiar. Radiant One, You shine within us, outside us — even darkness shines when we remember. Focus your light within us — make it useful! Create your reign of unity now! […]

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How We Get Here Part 1

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

This is a rough and unrefined condensation of some of what I’m reading. I don’t claim to have answers but I will write without tenuousness. I’m not entirely sure of all the concepts and am not seeking debate. I’m just looking to sort it out for myself here. ——— I am going to die someday. […]

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Back in 2004, when my father-in-law was gravely ill, I happened across a book that I was compelled to buy: The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die, by Kathleen D. Singh. I began to read it, and in the introduction the author suggested that if the reader was in the […]

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On T.V. News

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone. –Hodding Carter

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Labor Day Anthem

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This song gives me chills every time I hear it. Before I met my husband, I lived on the edge this song describes. (We are incredibly fortunate and grateful for that.) I also used to work with (i.e., provide social services to) people whose lives were rife with the challenges that he sings about. And […]

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To Love

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your […]

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