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Courage Not to Fear

We rise in perfect light!

We rise in perfect light!

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

Sarah Williams from “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil” in Best Loved Poems of the American People

Just What Is Freedom?

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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What to Do when Feeling Overwhelmed

A dahlia within reach

A dahlia within reach

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

– Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

How to Handle Rain

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Never would I have imagined watching a parade in the rain. We just don't do it that way in California!

Never would I have imagined watching a parade in the rain. We just don’t do it that way in California!

The Poet Speaks Again

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the book of creation. When we do it knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, destructively, it is a desecration.

– Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land

The art glass of Chihuly graces and is graced by the garden which it shares

The art glass of Chihuly graces and is graced by the garden which it shares

Sacrament

The created world is the primordial sacrament.

– Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

And what does this tremendous diversity in creation tell us about the Creator?

And what does this tremendous diversity in creation tell us about the Creator?

Wisdom from the Poet

Singing streams

Singing streams

The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. 

– Wendell Berry

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