Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Age of Reason by Mary Jo Salter

“When can we have cake?” she wants to know. And patiently we explain: when dinner’s finished. Someone wants seconds; and wouldn’t she like to try, while she’s waiting, a healthful lettuce leaf? The birthday girl can’t hide her grief- worse, … Continue reading

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The Guest House ~ Rumi ~ (The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of … Continue reading

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Nothing forced works… by Kay Ryan

Nothing forced works. The Gordian knot just worsens if it’s jerked at by a person. One of the main stations of the cross is patience. Another, of course, is impatience. There is such a thing as too much tolerance for … Continue reading

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Peace by Nicholas Gordon

Peace is not the product of despair. An army’s most invincible least used. Strength engenders weakness when abused, Serving best by merely being there. One conquers in the end by being just, Vanquishing the conscience with the right. Each child … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s Last Instruction by Mary Oliver

The Buddha’s Last Instruction “Make of yourself a light,” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness, to send up the first signal – … Continue reading

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