Abe’s Birthday

  I asked my class today if they knew why Monday was a holiday, and not one of them could tell me. There is something deeply amiss. This man changed the history of our nation in a profound way – freedom for all – ideologically, if not in practice. Let’s honor him today, born February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin in...
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Undersong

This I believe, that prayer means presence, a simple presence beyond words; we need only to tap into what Emerson calls “undersong,” the music flowing beneath all of us, always. No words, just a flow of melody and harmony braiding itself into our souls that gives us a spaciousness and quiet that we then can share with others. Hold a hand and breathe together, that is all. No words. Jus
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Chaos and old Night

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The maker of a sentence…launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him (or her) with something of wild, creative delight.” As we flip into the new year, 2015, the world rocks with Chaos and old Night; into this  Night words flare into fireworks of  light, sizzling into the...
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Naked Vision

Dylan Thomas writes that poetry is , “… the rhythmic, inevitably narrative, movement from an over-clothed blindness to a naked vision.”  Good poetry tells a story, leading us out of the the many weeds of distraction into meadows of space in which we can finally see. It crystallizes the unspoken, the undefinable, the mystery, so that we can stand in awe of aliveness. We can...
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Wind

John Muir writes, “I kept my lofty perch for hours, frequently closing my eyes to enjoy the music by itself, or to feast quietly on the delicious fragrance that was streaming past.” As he rode out a storm high up in a fir tree, he waxed poetic about the wind that roared around him. Wind, the unseen bringer of scent, the invisible energy that powers swaying tree branches....
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Dragons

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations if you live near him.” – J.R.R. Tolkien And who doesn’t have a dragon living within, coiled up snoring, just waiting for an opportunity to awaken and breathe fire, singeing life and torching hopes? The age-old question – how do we tame him (mines male) without destroying his ability to grant energy? So,...
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