Missing the Boat

Missing the Boat by Naomi Shihab Nye It is not so much that the boat passed and you failed to notice it. It is more like the boat stopping directly outside your bedroom window, the captain blowing the signal-horn, the band playing a rousing march. The boat shouted, waving bright flags, its silver hull blinding […]

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Inevitable Is A Lazy Word

“It’s inevitable; there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m so tired of that word inevitable.  That’s part of the vocabulary of a very lazy people.” —Wendell Berry Wendell Berry’s thoughts on the oil spill [on Religion & Ethics News Weekly].  How can we be a part of the solution? I feel almost irreverent doing […]

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Brave on the Rocks

Life is so full of messiness, isn’t it?  Questions that don’t get answered, jeans that don’t fit, feelings that get hurt, words that get said, temptations galore, orneriness that rears its head–you know, you’ve been there, I’m sure.  [Okay, I’m hoping, because selfishly, I don’t want to be alone.] With all I’ve been saying this […]

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Gospel of Green

I’ve talked about this before–my confusion as to why being green and being a Christian is incompatible.  For so it seems. There is a wonderful article by Meredith Bryan in O Magazine’s July 2010 issue. It’s called “A Greener Calling.”  It begins, “Windsor Castle, the bucolic weekend retreat of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her […]

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Questions to Consider

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m going to be introducing new ways of looking at and interacting with data and information, and if you have already been-there-done-that, I apologize, but perhaps you’ll find that all of this is worth a second or third or fourth look.  Maybe not, and that’s okay, too. Today, I’m asking […]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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