Mary Oliver: Paying Attention

My oldest brother, Hank, gave me my first two Mary Oliver poetry books, House of Light and Dream Work. These were published in 1990 and 1986 respectively. Her work has supported and deepened my spiritual journey in many ways. She is a lover of nature: ponds, trees geese, crickets, swans, heron, bear, ravens, turtles, otters, […]

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Spiritually Exercising

I was browsing my bookcases the other day looking for something when I came across this book: Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Exercises.  It’s a book I used a long time ago when I was first starting to deepen my spiritual life.  The author writes short meditations on topics ranging from Reality, Restoration, Love, Life […]

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Hello World

“Hello world, here I come!”  This was my mother’s joyous announcement as she was walking out of the house in the morning with keys in hand to take us to school or softball or shopping.  She greeted the world with optimism for the day, trusting the world would respond in kind.  We were not always […]

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