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Saying Goodbye

The Harvest Moon Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – 1807-1882 It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes And roofs of villages, on woodland crests And their aerial neighborhoods of nests Deserted, on the curtained window-panesOf rooms where children sleep, on country lanes And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests! Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,Continue reading “Saying Goodbye”

Saturday Prayer

“How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me.” The More Loving One, W. H. Auden – 1907-1973

On Living

On Living Nazim Hikmet – 1902-1963 I Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example— I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter: you must take it seriously, so much so and toContinue reading “On Living”

In Money We Trust

Keep the Aspidistra Flying Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not money, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I couldContinue reading “In Money We Trust”

Cynicism and Prayer

Is cynicism easier than encouragement?Is cynicism the fruit of fear?Is cynicism the fig leaves we use in an attempt to cover us and our shame?Is cynicism a reaction to truth that helps us to deflect, deny, distract and defend our false-self and our false positions?Is cynicism keeping us from receiving and giving the love thatContinue reading “Cynicism and Prayer”

Henri Nouwen

The Search for Belonging When productivity is our main way of overcoming self-doubt, we are extremely vulnerable to rejection and criticism and prone to inner anxiety and depression. Productivity can never give the deep sense of belonging we crave. The more we produce, the more we realize that successes and results cannot give us theContinue reading “Henri Nouwen”

A good word

“I’m not trying to change the world. I’m trying to stop the world from changing me.” -Ammon Hennacy

Shame

Where is our shame?Is it lost?Hidden in the fig leavesTo avoid at all cost? Do we use God’s giftsFor such a dangerous thingTo defend and distract usFrom our shame? Have we forgotten shame’s faceIs but a reflection of our disgrace?Do we refuse to look and seeAnd deny Truth’s grace? Do we now call shame anotherContinue reading “Shame”

Clowns, Crowds-Facebook

As I was debating my participation on Facebook and what seems like the biggest waste of time, energy and brain cells, and how I have tried for 7 years to prick the spirits, minds and hearts of a faceless crowd, I thought about Søren Kierkegaard’s quote. “A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. TheContinue reading “Clowns, Crowds-Facebook”

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