For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. (Hesse)

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, … Continue reading


I’m convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It’s a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human … Continue reading

To me Acapulco

To me Acapulco is the detoxicating cure for all the evils of the city: ambition, vanity, quest for success in money, the continuous contagious presence of power-driven, obsessed individuals who want to become known, to be in the limelight, noticed, as if life among millions gave you a desperate illness, a need of rising above … Continue reading

Advice to Myself, by Louise Erdrich

Leave the dishes. Let the celery rot in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator and an earthen scum harden on the kitchen floor. Leave the black crumbs in the bottom of the toaster. Throw the cracked bowl out and don’t patch the cup. Don’t patch anything. Don’t mend. Buy safety pins. Don’t even sew on … Continue reading

The Dry Salvages, by T.S. Eliot

The Dry Salvages I I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable, Patient to some degree, at first recognised as a frontier; Useful, untrustworthy, as a conveyor of commerce; Then only a problem confronting the builder of bridges. The problem once solved, … Continue reading

Characteristics of Life, by Camille Dungy

A fifth of animals without backbones could be at risk of extinction, say scientists. -BBC Nature News Ask me if I speak for the snail and I will tell you I speak for the snail. speak of underneathedness and the welcome of mosses, of life that springs up, little lives that pull back and wait … Continue reading

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love | Brain Pickings

“Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but … Continue reading

The Whole Creation, by John Koethe

The Whole Creation for Harold Bloom I still believe in it, though I don’t know who else does. I first experienced it in the building I have an office in now And called it poetry, but the word was just a placeholder For something undefined, though that’s too simple a way to put it. You … Continue reading

What is this feeling called? From

Dear Cary, I am a young, female graduate student with the usual disclaimer: fantastic relationship, material necessities covered, living in a lovely city, great family, plenty of friends, happy and content, etc. Here is my problem: I am occasionally (about once per week) gripped by an intense emotion that, as far as I can tell, … Continue reading

Failing And Flying

Press-Play Poetry: ‘Failing And Flying’ : from NPR. A wonderful poem by Jack Gilbert on life, success, triumph, and the end of glory, before something else happens.