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Learning to Surf

  The caption accompanying this delightful picture of Snoopy is: “I think I’ve discovered the secret of life—you just hang around until you get used to it.” –Charles M. Schulz And what does surfing Snoopy have in common with William Blake? “Man has no body distinct from his soul, for that called body is a […]

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Feast

Today, as I happily anticipate going to a dear friend’s house for a Thanksgiving feast, I find myself thinking of the classic Thanksgiving story:  of pilgrims weathering a hard passage and being met by kindness—only to repay that kindness with staggering cruelty (to be historically accurate, the first pilgrims lived in peace, the cruelty came […]

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Being Demeter

“At difficult times in my writing life, I tell myself certain stories to remind myself of things I mustn’t forget, information which can only be encoded in story form or it won’t get where it’s going,” writes the great Latina writer Julia Alvarez in an essay written for the latest issue of Parabola. “That place […]

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Weathering the Storm Together

I flew home from Florida yesterday, landing in the midst of a snow storm.  Now I’m sitting on the sofa, marvelling at the amount of snow that has fallen, shocked at the downed trees and power lines and other signs of devastation, sad that so many of my neighbors are still without power. And I’m […]