Our Words, Our Breath, Our Bodies, Our Spirit

Once again, Alison Leigh Lilly wows me with the elegance, beauty and insight of her writing. The fact that her most recent blog post begins with something I tweeted yesterday is not only a delight in itself for me, but her reflections in that post are so rich and relevant to concerns that I am wrestling with in my own current writing that it seems, well, serendipitous.The piece is called Why I Cannot Tell You About My Gods. And yes, "Gods" is meant to be plural, for Alison is a Pagan, her … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Pollination

Here is another  treasure from filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. Take a 4½ minute break and watch this video, filled with lush and sensual imagery from the natural world. It's a trailer for an 80-minute documentary film called "Wings of Life" (you can stream it through Netflix here or buy the Blu-Ray and DVD from Amazon here).Here's what the filmmaker had to say:This video was shown at the TED conference in 2011, with scenes from "Wings of Life", a film about the threat to essential pol … [Read more...]

Seamus Heaney reads “St. Kevin and the Blackbird”

I'm sad to learn of the death of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, who has been called Ireland's most important poet since W. B. Yeats. Among the many treasures in  his body of work, I especially love "St. Kevin and the Blackbird" which we can see the poet reading in the following video. This was on the occasion of Heaney's 70th birthday and his publisher's 80th anniversary; with that in mind, his comments at the beginning of the video before reading the poem are well said, and quite important in … [Read more...]

Impermanence

Early yesterday morning, about 5 AM or so, Fran and I were both awakened by what sounded like a small explosion in our neighborhood. It seemed close enough that Fran got up and peered outside the window. She thought a car hit something. I said it sounded more like an explosion than an accident. We speculated that maybe a transformer blew somewhere in the neighborhood. Then we went back to sleep.Three hours later, when she was leaving for work, we finally realized what it was. Someone had … [Read more...]

Back to the Mountain

Fran and I spent this past weekend in Sewanee, TN. "The Mountain," as it is affectionately called, is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, a college town on the Cumberland Plateau nestled in forested land filled with caves, hiking trails, waterfalls, a natural bridge, and other wonders.It's the first time we've been back since my friend Bob's funeral, back in February of 2009. I lived in Sewanee from 1988 to 1993, running the campus bookstore at the University of the South. I left … [Read more...]

Autumn in Atlanta

Okay, so our trees don't get quite as bold in their colors as you'll find in Minnesota or Vermont... but the hardwoods in Georgia still know how to put on a show, and the last few days have been particularly lovely here in Atlanta. Yesterday morning as I was heading out to speak at a Sunday School class, I noticed that the Japanese Maple in our front yard is just about at its peak, so I took this snapshot. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day (for Ali)

Believe me as one who has experience, you will find much more among the woods then ever you will among books. Woods and stones will teach you what you can never hear from any master. — Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, The Letters … [Read more...]


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