Learning Contentment (from Thomas Merton and Liberty Hyde Bailey)

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This is the second in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey’s poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]Read the first post in the series here: Cultivating Wonder.Wind and WeatherPassengers on the cosmic sea We know not whence nor whither, -- 'Tis happiness enough to be Complete with wind and weather.This first and title poem in this collection of Bailey's poetry reflects the importance of contentment (and particularly with t … [Read more...]

Cultivating Wonder.

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This is the first in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey's poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]MiracleYesterday the twig was brown and bare; To-day the glint of green is there To-morrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair No miracle so strangely rare.I wonder what will next be there.One of the great losses in the post-industrial age, is the disappearance of wonder.  Our pace of life moves so f … [Read more...]

Liberty Hyde Bailey Poetry Reflections

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One of the great gifts of my writing retreat at the Convent in Cincinnati last week (here's a glimpse inside the Convent's own story of stability, written by one of my fellow retreatants) was the realization of how important Liberty Hyde Bailey's work, and especially his poetry, has been in framing the concept of Slow Church in my head and in the life I share in community with others at Englewood Christian Church.Liberty Hyde Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists of the early twentieth century, who taught at the university that would become Michigan State and then later … [Read more...]


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