Monthly Archives: May 2015

Keeping Quiet: Sylvia Boorstein Reads Pablo Neruda’s Beautiful Ode to Silence. by Maria Popova

“Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet…” So begins Wendell Berry’s “How to Be a Poet,” tucked into which is tremendous sagacity on how to be a good human being. “The impulse to create begins… in a … Continue reading

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I wish I had not been so reserved*

*Joseph Cornell’s final words: “I wish I had not been so reserved.” Sources: Gif/Photograph – gifak-net. Quote Source: hyperallergic.com via invisiblestories

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We seldom long for a future where our bodies are less but our spirits and insight are more. Yet, that future is there.

They just look like old men. And because of that, they are seen as elderly rather than wise. But there is a wisdom that comes with age. The old have walked the path we tread. They have seen the landscape…

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Wendell Berry on How to Be a Poet and a Complete Human Being | Brain Pickings

Live a three-dimensioned life; stay away from screens. Stay away from anything that obscures the place it is in. There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. via Wendell Berry on How to Be a … Continue reading

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Packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones

Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves. It’s made of exertion, that dowdier cousin of impulse. Sometimes we care for…

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Look at me when I talking to you

“I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without…

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Absence Finds Me

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absence finds me in the likeliest of places – in the shower this morning, when i flip the soap over so that the lettering is on top, there will be no one to flip it back…

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Are You An Anthropocentrist?

Originally posted on Laura Grace Weldon:
? Paradise, by Gillis d’Hondecoeter circa 1575 When I was growing up we were taught humans were at the top of every chart, far superior to all other living beings. Our textbooks, illustrated with…

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