Snow Melt

It’s been a sleepy time in Tessland, lots of hiding between teaching gigs (that are oh so very life-affirming and it makes me feel so blessed to watch things grow and change over the course of  a semester). Down time is necessary but hard.  In the meantime, it is good to be reminded of the infinite possibilities that exist out there for oneself, there for the taking.  Not just the hopeful stuff. . .but all the facets, the lights and the darks and shadows.

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Gustave Caillebotte

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Paths: The Te of Piglet

“Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today call Telepathy, he communicated with animals, plants, and other forms of life-none of which he considered “beneath” himself, only different, with different jobs to perform. He worked side by side with earth angels and nature spirits, with whom he shared responsibility for taking care of the world.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet

“Without difficulties, life would be like a stream without rocks and curves – about as interesting as concrete. Without problems, there can be no personal growth, no group achievement, no progress of humanity. But what mattes about problems is what one does with them.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet

“In the Age of Perfect Virtue, men lived among the animals and birds as members of one large family. There were no distinctions between “superior” and “inferior” to separate one man or species from another. All retained their natural Virtue and lived in the state of pure simplicity…In the Age of Perfect Virtue, wisdom and ability were not singled out as extraordinary. The wise were seen merely as higher branches on humanity’s tree, growing a little closer to the sun. People behaved correctly, without knowing that to be Righteousness and Propriety. They loved and respected each other, without calling that Benevolence. They were faithful and honest, without considering that to be Loyalty. They kept their word, without thinking of Good Faith. In their everyday conduct, they helped and employed each other, without considering Duty. They did not concern themselves with Justice, as there was no injustice. Living in harmony with themselves, each other, and the world, their actions left no trace, and so we have no physical record of their existence.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet

“Wherever Gandhi went, he transformed situations and lives. As one friend and biographer wrote, “He…changed human beings by regarding them not as what they thought they were but as though they were what they wished to be, and as though the good in them was all of them”
Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet

Cut Lilies by Noah Warren

Cut Lilies

Noah Warren
illustration

About This Poem

“‘Cut Lilies’ came during a nadir of loneliness in the early spring. Though I’m not religious, each year I find I need Easter more and more. Blake’s ‘Holy Thursday’ was heavy in my mind as I tried, through something like the pathetic fallacy, to trace the contours of the guilt behind my self-pity and my need.”
—Noah Warren

Noah Warren is the author of The Destroyer in the Glass (Yale University Press, 2016). He is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and lives in Palo Alto, California.

 

Photo credit: Ana Flores

This is for a friend who is struggling with something scary and for whom I have no words . . .

 

 

 

blessing the boats

BY LUCILLE CLIFTON

                                    (at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back     may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

Today’s Lyrics

So you know how you get a song in your head and just can’t shake it off. . .sometimes it’s a good thing, a theme song for your day, or the soundtrack of tomorrow.  Today, I’ve got this one from a local band.  😉

 

Jesus, etc.  –Wilco

Jesus, don’t cry
You can rely on me honey
You can combine anything you want

I’ll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun

Tall buildings shake
Voices escape singing sad sad songs
Tuned to chords strung down your cheeks
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around

Don’t cry
You can rely on me honey
You can come by any time you want

I’ll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun

Tall buildings shake
Voices escape singing sad sad songs
Tuned to chords strung down your cheeks
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around

Voices whine
Skyscrapers are scraping together
Your voice is smoking
Last cigarettes are all you can get
Turning your orbit around

Our love
Our love
Our love is all we have

Our love
Our love is all of God’s money
Everyone is a burning sun

Tall buildings shake
Voices escape singing sad sad songs
Tuned to chords strung down your cheeks
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around

Voices whine
Skyscrapers are scraping together
Your voice is smoking
Last cigarettes are all you can get
Turning your orbit around

Last cigarettes are all you can get
Turning your orbit around
Last cigarettes are all you can get
Turning your orbit around

–Wilco