Longing and Grace in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. … – Rilke You, the great homesickness I could never shake off … – Rilke I [Read More...]

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The Gospel of Compost

“All my life I had waited for an inspiration, a manifestation of God, some kind of a transcendent, magic experience that could show me my place in the universe. This experience I made with my first compost.” — Bette Midler, when she was crowned the “Queen of Compost” in Germany in 1994 In honor of [Read More...]

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Memorial for Nibbles

So we decided to give the kids bunnies for Christmas.  They went to the store to pick them out for themselves and chose two cute dwarf bunnies, one white with brown spots, which my daughter named “Nibbles” (because it bit her right away), and one white with black spots, which my son named “Romeo”.  (Romeo [Read More...]

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Plunging into the sea of matter

I struggle with periodic bouts of existential despair.  I don’t mean depression.  Just periods when I question what the point of my life is.  When I ask, “Is all this really worth it?”  At times like this, I feel like this world is not enough, that I secretly long for … something else. I’ve blogged [Read More...]

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The Dying of the Light

So, I’m in Florida over Winter Solstice/Christmas and thinking how strange it is to be celebrating the darkest time of the year with sunny days and 80º weather.  We were at the beach watching the sunset and Dylan Thomas’ poem came to me: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn [Read More...]

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Memorial

About a year ago ( September 30, 2010), my uncle killed himself.  I was the first time I had experienced the death of someone close to me that I loved. This past Sunday, my local UU church observed a Day of the Dead service, and my family and I remembered Dan’s passing.  We brought pictures [Read More...]

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