Sunday, December 31, 2023

This New Year's Eve (Poem)

This New Year's Eve
the world again will refuse
the weight of grief – the war
declared for "absolute victory,"
the wounded strangers left
homeless in the Strip, Putin's
trains stalled at Ukraine's border,
Red Sea shipping lanes rocketing
with Houthi fire. Tonight,

for once, the world will crowd
the evening with too many

noise-makers – every body in
Manhattan showing up in the Square

with its glistering crystal ball
twelve feet in diameter.

Down a pole the orb will come,
marking more than a century

of midnight shifts, one year
folding into the next, precisely kept

for the more than billion revelers
tuning in via tv or Internet.

We will all look for the patterns
and meanings in the glass,

the balm of Love and Wisdom,
Happiness and Goodwill,

Harmony and Serenity,
Kindness and Fortitude,

Wonder and Imagination.
We will try to spot the hearts

overlapping, the wheel spinning,
Earth's sun, three pineapples,

butterflies in flight, a starburst
out of our Universe. And we will

recall the resolutions newly made,
already broken, sip Top 5 champagnes,

and keep our ears and eyes open.
Later will be time enough to protest.


The words "absolute victory" come from Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, referencing the goal of the country's war with the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.

Various Facts about the New Year's Eve Crystal Ball in Times Square

Some Other New Year's Eve Poems of Mine:

Thought for the Day

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~ T. S. Eliot

Quoted from T. S. Eliot, "The Rock" (Opening Stanza from Choruses), 1934.  Note: "The Rock" was a 21-page verse pageant play written on behalf of 45 Churches Fund of the Diocese of London. It was performed at Sadler's Wells Theatre. An edition of 1,000 copies was published by Faber and Faber, London.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), Poet, Essayist, Editor and Publisher, Playwright, Literary Critic; Winner, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1948

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Thought for the Day

We only get one chance to live this life of love.
Every day is a lesson in love, learning how not to
bind up ourselves and our neighbors, but in fact
to free ourselves and others.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr

Quoted from Richard Rohr, "The Prophetic Path: Motivated by Love - Knowing Jesus for Ourselves" from Daily Meditations, Center for Action and Contemplation, December 1, 2023

Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar and Ecumenical Teacher; Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation; Author

Thursday, December 21, 2023

There is a light (Poem)


There is a light

that flickers violently
in the Middle East.

On this, the darkest
and longest of nights,

what has not been razed
in Gaza gives shelter:

a wind-whipped tent
among tents, a hospital

corridor, the burned-out
shell of an Orthodox church

where Christ, new-borne,
will lie among the rubble.

Soon a blast mistaken
for God's own voice joins

with the cries of children,
the silencing wails of women.

Snow is falling in Gaza,
and somewhere there

is a light that flickers,
land within sight.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] I think about tears as a doorway: an invitation
to be fully human and to connect with others,
in all the complexity that entails.
~ Benjamin Perry

Quoted from Benjamin Perry, "What I Lost When I Stopped Crying" (Excerpt) in The Atlantic, May 15, 2023; Online

Benjamin Perry, Minister; Author, Cry, Baby

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Thought for the Day

Be grateful, be father and mother, /
Be teacher, sister and brother /
In all that you dream and do, /
Against the day your ledger /
Is opened to you.
~ Robert McDowell 

Quoted from Robert McDowell, "Grateful" from On Foot, In Flames (University of Pittsburgh Press) in Robert McDowell, Sweet Wolf Selected & New Poems (Homestead Lighthouse Press, 2021), p. 96

Robert McDowell, Poet, Author (Fiction, Criticism, Translation, Creative Nonfiction), Editor; Co-Founder (with Mark Jarman) of The Reaper Magazine and Story Line Press; Founder, Rural Readers Project; Co-Founder, Poets Prize; College and University Educator; Social Activist; Public Speaker

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Staying Ahead of the Danger (Poem)

Staying Ahead of the Danger

Drone-dropped leaflets float down
like so much manna from heaven:
warnings with QR codes for
downloadable color-coded maps
outlining the "dangerous combat
zones" in the killing fields of Gaza.

There is no electricity to charge
the phones the IDF is calling.

Texts follow anyway. Evacuate,
those first ones order; stay inside

"known" shelters and schools,
command others. An official

spokesperson fails to see
the contradiction, estimates

that for every one Hamas militant
eliminated, two civilians die.

Let's be clear: This is the calculus 
only his government can live with,

the toll now "something more"
than the losses recorded yesterday,

and still "more than acceptable
compared to other armies

facing similar challenges 
in urban battlefields." After all,

what choice is there? "We
didn't start this war," he argues. 


The quotes in this poem come directly from an Israeli military spokesperson's explanation of his country's warning system, which uses air-dropped leaflets, drone broadcasts, telephone calling, texting, and Internet communications to warn Gazans to move out of harm's way as the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) advances its war against Hamas militants. Displacement in one area flows from displacement in another. As this Washington Post article makes clear from interviews with Gazans and humanitarian aid officials, there are no safe spaces for the Palestinians, not in homes, schools, hospitals, churches, or other shelters, especially where all essential services have ceased to exist. (See "Israel touts civilian warning system, but for Gazans, nowhere is safe".) The spokesperson's additional comments about the number of civilians killed compared to the number of militants are appalling, though the individual hastened to add – too late, in my opinion, to register a sense of compassion – that "any loss" is unacceptable. Numbers are telling. Facts are facts. We must all drop the scales from our eyes if we are to see this war, and this horrendous crisis for Palestinian civilians, in clear light and at last acknowledge those unlike ourselves as the human beings they are. (See also this New York Times coverage and, in particular, "An Airstrike hits Rafah, where Israel had urged Gazans to seek safety," (December 6, 2023):

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . . ] I lived in the present, which was
that part of the future you could see. [. . .]
~ Louise Gluck

Quoted from Louise Gluck, "Landscape," The Threepenny Review, Winter 2005

Louise Gluck (April 22, 1943 - October 13, 2023), American Poet and Essayist; Winner, Nobel Prize in Literature, 2020; United States Poet Laureate, 2003-2004

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] I have come around to understand the fact that in promising
us an afterlife, we are being given a chance to take care of
unfinished business. Because who, except the greatest 
of saints and the most innocent of persons, 
doesn't have unfinished business? [. . .]
~ Denise Levertov


Quoted from Emily Archer, "Conversation with Denise Levertov," Image, Issue 18, Winter 1997-1998

Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997), British-Born Poet, Writer, Translator; Teacher; Political Activist

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Uprootings (Poem)


Ungloved hands once plucked ripe olives,
Palestinian symbol of resilience and pride.
They harvest now no more than branch
and bone, sprayed hectares amid grove fires.
In Khan Younis, beyond the border fence,
no one dances dabka. In Nablus, a farmer
hugs her tree, and cries; another watches,
his grape vines crushed, his fingers broken.
A city center's oil spills. A boy's toy
plane soars from a concrete balcony
just seconds before the blast
of a white phosphorus bomb.
Love of the land, for the land:
even the natural history of the soil
is denied, crops confined behind iron
gates, earth mounds, secure checkpoints.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Peace, not only /
the absence of war. [. . .] 
~ Denise Levertov

Quoted from Denise Levertov, "Making Peace" in Breathing the Water (New Directions Press, 1997)

"Making Peace" in The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov (New Directions, 2013), pp. 757-758

Denise Levertov (1923-1997), British-born American Poet, Writer, Translator; Teacher; Political Activist

Denise Levertov Profiles at Academy of American Poets, Image Journal, New Directions, The New York Times

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Thought for the Day

Eat the cake!
~ Hadley Vlahos on Advice from the Dying
Quoted from "Biloxi Native Writes WSJ bestseller 'The In Between'," Interview on WLOX (Video), June 27, 2023

 Hadley Vlahos, Hospice Nurse; Author, The In Between (Penguin Random House, 2023)
David Marchese, "A Hospice Nurse on Embracing the Grace of Dying," Interview, The New York Times, October 21, 2023

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Thought for the Day

. . . if your moral compass is attuned to the suffering of only one
side, your compass is broken, and so is your humanity.
~ Nicholas Kristof
Quoted from Nicholas Kristof, "Opinion: Seeking a Moral Compass in Gaza's War" in The New York Times, October 11,  2023 (Online)

Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Thought for the Day

It is not because spring / is too beautiful /
that we'll not write what / happens in the dark.
~ Etel Adnan


Quoted from Etel Adnan, "The Spring Flowers Own" in The Spring Flowers Own & The Manifestations of the Voyage (Poet-Apollo Press, 1990)

Etel Adnan (1925-2021), Lebanese Poet and Artist

Etel Adnan Profile at Poetry Foundation

Monday, October 23, 2023

A Poet's View (Poem)

A Poet's View


Explosions settle
dust on the table,

the last of the bread
in orbit, saucers

overflowing with
black tea, stains spreading

from here to there and
a mother, crying

between screams. Her
child, motionless.

Beit Lahia was warned.


The children have no
room to run, no pitas

to calm their asking
for juice. No biscuits.

No mangoes to toss
like footballs. Olive

trees: splintered. Water
erupting old pipes.

Books - by Gibran and
Darwish and Shihab
Nye - floating past as
another shock wave
works its way through the
electrical grid.
Thirteen floors tumble
to garden level.
Drones yet whirred like flies.
Numbers. Begin with
one thousand four hundred
news-worthy names shared
world-wide. Not Beit Lahia's.
There, leaflets, like birds,
still fall from the sky,
where the cries of dogs
become lullabies;
pots and pans, rockets.
Stones or bombs:
what's the difference?
All going south.

This poem was inspired by poet Mosab Abu Toha’s essay in The New Yorker, “The View from My Window in Gaza,” October 20, 2023. Online:

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Thought for the Day

A heart that is distant creates a wilderness round it.
~ T'ao Ch'ien

Quoted from T'ao Ch'ien, "[i built my hut]" (trans. Arthur Waley) in A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, 1918; Public Domain. (The poem appeared in Every Day Poems on September 18, 2023.)

T'ao Ch'ien (365 C.E. - 427 C.E.), Chinese Poet and Politician (The poet also was known as T'ao Yuan-ming.)

The Selected Poems of T'ao Ch'ien (trans. David Hinton), Copper Canyon Press, 2000

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Thought for the Day

We need to look everyone and everything in the face
and be amazed at the face of God looking back at us.
~ Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M.

Quoted from Fr. Dan Riley, "Week Thirty-Six Practice: Franciscan Lectio" in "Week Thirty-Six Summary: The Franciscan Way, " Center for Action and Contemplation, September 9, 2023

Fr. Dan Riley, Founder, Warming House (Oldest Student-Run Soup Kitchen in U.S.) and Mt. Irenaeus (Franciscan Mountain Community); Author

Dan Riley with Stephen Copeland, Franciscan Lectio: Reading the World through the Living Word (Paraclete Press, 2022), pages 15-16, 17

"Fr. Dan Riley honored with Doctorate at St. Bonaventure's 163rd Commencement," News Release, St. Bonaventure University, May 14, 2023

Claire Fisher, "Friar Feature: Fr. Dan Riley O.F.M" in The Bona Venture, November 4, 2022

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Thought for the Day

Religious faith, artistic inspiration, romantic-sexual love,
the process of psychological healing, and all other arenas
of contemplative experiences and self-transformation,
can and should be arenas of heightened compassionate 
sensitivity to the real needs of those around us.
~ Dr. James Finley

James Finley, Clinical Psychologist; Faculty Member, Center for Action and Contemplation; Author; Student of Thomas Merton

Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar; Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation; Teacher; Author

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] However completely we've cocooned ourselves within
a virtual world of our own making, our animal body still takes
its final directives from the larger biosphere—it still needs  to
breathe, and to drink fresh water. It remains susceptible to illness,
to creaturely empathy, to the upwelling of earthly wonder. [. . .]
~ David Abram

Quoted from David Abram, "Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet," Emergence Magazine (Online), June 9, 2023

David Abram, Cultural Ecologist, Geo-Philosopher, Lecturer, Author, Performance Artist

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Place as much as you can in your heart. 
It doesn't matter what's in / your mind. [. . .]
~ Jorie Graham


Quoted from Jorie Graham, "To 2040" in To 2040 (Copper Canyon Press, 2023), p. 22 

Jorie Graham Profile at Copper Canyon Press

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Thought for the Day

Let us reclaim creativity and imagination as essential, central,
and necessary parts of our faith journey. Imagination is a gift
given to us by the Creator to steward, a gift that no other creature
under heaven and earth (as far as I know) has been given.
~ Makoto Fujimura

Quoted from Makoto Fujimura, Art + Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press, 2020), p. 149

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Thought for the Day

One of the most difficult challenges for couples is getting them to
see beyond their own entrenched perspectives, to acknowledge
a partner's radical otherness and appreciate difference and 
sovereignty. [. . .] To be truly open to your partner's experience, 
you must relinquish your conviction in the righteousness of your
  own position; this requires humility and the courage
 to tolerate uncertainty. [. . .]

[. . . ] Love is ultimately measured by people's capacity to see
and care about the other person, as [that other person is];
succeeding in this effort is how people in relationships grow.
~ Dr. Orna Guralnik

Quoted from Dr. Orna Guralnik, "I'm a Couples Therapist. Something New Is Happening in Relationships" in The New York Times, May 16, 2023; Online (Audio of the article is available online. A version of the article appeared in print in the Sunday New York Times Magazine on May 21, 2023, p. 37. The entire article is well-worth reading.)

Dr. Orna Guralnik, Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Academic (New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis); Therapist, Showtime's "Couples Therapy"; Writer

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Thought for the Day

If you see life's potential as art, is it artful or artificial living?
~ Terrance Hayes

Quoted from Terrance Hayes, "American Sonnet Starring Octavia Butler II" in So to Speak (Penguin Random House, 2023)

The quote is the concluding line of the poem, which appeared in Poetry Daily on August 24, 2023.

Terrance Hayes, Honored Poet; Professor of Creative Writing, New York University

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. [. . .]
~ Galatians 5:22 (The Fruit of the Spirit)


Quoted from "The Letter of Paul to the Galatians" in "The New Testament" in The Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version, 1989), p. 249

Opinion columnist David French writes, "[W]hen you encounter another person — regardless of what they say about their religious beliefs — you can discern their true character by such traits. [. . .]" (David French, "Political Christianity Has Claws" in The New York Times, August 24, 2023; Online) 

Considering these virtues, then, the question to ask ourselves is, What is the message of "political Christians" today, if, as French comments, the Fruit of the Spirit is to "help us obey one of our highest calls: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves."

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . . ] If we're not paying attention through our own
senses, we have disengaged from the primary mode
in which every creature since the origin of life has
connected to its environment. And if we're not listening,
we've got no stories to tell the future. [. . .]
~ David G. Haskell

Quoted from Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, "Listening and the Crisis of Inattention: An Interview with David G. Haskell," Emergence Magazine (Online), April 21, 2022

David G. Haskell, Biologist, Writer and Author

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .]
What we bring, finally, into the new day, every day, //
Is ourselves. And that's all we need /
To start. That's everything we require to keep going.
~ Alberto Rios

Quoted from "A House Called Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Poetry" (Copper Canyon Press, 2023)

Alberto Rios, Award-Winning Poet, Short Story Writer, Memoirist, Novelist; Inaugural Poet Laureate of Arizona; Chancellor Emeritus, Academy of American Poets, 2014-2020; Regents' Professor, Arizona State University

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] — to come anywhere in the world or, more accurately,
to be anywhere in the world — is not only to register accurately
what one sees, and not only to convey how one sees it (how one
assesses it, how one judges it). It is to turn seeing into witnessing,
and witnessing into advocacy. And most importantly, to inspire
a similar transformation in others. [. . .]
~ George Dardess

Quoted from George Dardess, "See So That Others May See," Essay at Close Reading Blog, June 19, 2023

George Dardess, Ph.D., Close Reader of English Literature; Roman Catholic Deacon; Writer and Author; Critical Reviewer; Expert in Muslim-Christian Relations (Among George Dardess's work is the graphic novel Foreign Exchange.)

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Thought for the Day

Silence is a flower, it opens up, dilates, extends /
its texture, can grow, mutate, return on its steps. /
It can watch other flowers grow and become what /
they are. [. . .]
~ Etel Adnan

Quoted from Etel Adnan, Shifting the Silence (Nightboat Books, 2020), page 68

Etel Adnan (1925-2021), Lebanese-American Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Translator, Internationally Exhibited Visual Artist, Playwright

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . . ] to love who we love /
is an undoing [. . . .]
~ Maya Stein

Quoted from Maya Stein, "to love who we love" (Poem Celebrating Pride Month), June 16, 2023

Maya Stein, Poet, Writing Guide, Freelance Writer-Editor, Author

Maya Stein on Instagram

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Thought for the Day

Mortality got my attention.

Imagination is a form of courage, as courage is
a form of imagination.

You don't want to die not having lived.
~ Jorie Graham

Quoted from Jill Radsken, "'Mortality got my attention, says poet whose latest collection is 'To 2040'," Interview with Jorie Graham, The Harvard Gazette, May 31, 2023

Jorie Graham, Poet; Editor; Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric, Harvard University; Former Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Thought for the Day

Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning.
Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not
contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we
carry for what we once held close.
~ Francis Weller

Quoted from Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief (North Atlantic Books, 2015)

Francis Weller, Psychotherapist, Writer

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Thought for the Day

I am the interval between what I am and what I am not,
between what I dream and what life makes of me. [. . .]
~ Fernando Pessoa

Quoted from Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (New Directions, 2017), Jeronimo Pizarro, ed., and Margaret Jull Costa, trans. Note: Originally published in Portuguese in 1982, this complete, illustrated edition contains aphorisms, ruminations, melancholic observations, reveries, and autobiographic or essay-like passages on life said to have been written by one of Pessoa's alter egos, Bernardo Soares. The quote from this difficult-to-characterize book, has been translated variously.

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portuguese Poet, Writer, Literary Critic, Translator, Philosopher, Publisher

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Thought for the Day

But I learned there's no shortage of suffering—
that a father's no shield for his child
when life is, in fact, a walk across a field.
~ Tom Sleigh

Quoted from Tom Sleigh, "Apology to My Daughter" in The King's Touch: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2022), p. 63

Tom Sleigh, Poet, Essayist, Dramatist, Academic

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Thought for the Day

To go in search of what once was is to
postpone the difficulty of living with what is.
~ Barry Lopez

Quoted from Barry Lopez, "Port Arthur to Botany Bay" in Horizons (First Vintage Books, 2020), p. 400

Barry Lopez (1945-2020), American Nature Writer, Fiction Writer, Essayist, Humanitarian and Environmentalist

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] we are only as limited as we want to be.
When we define ourselves only by our limitations,
we fail to see what greater things those limitations
are calling us for. [. . .]
~ Joan Chittister

Quoted from Joan Chittister, The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully (BlueBridge, 2008), p. 140

Joan Chittister, Benedictine Sister of Erie, Theologian, Author, Speaker

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Thought for the Day

I believe that love is our greatest and hardest work.
~ Brian Doyle

Quoted from Brian Doyle, "The Sea" in One Long River of Song (Back Bay Books/Little Brown, 2019), p. 35

Brian Doyle (1956-2017), American Writer, Novelist, Nonfiction Writer, Short Fiction Writer, Essayist, Poet; Editor, Portland Magazine

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Did you know / there are tribes in the Amazon rain forest //
who are, this minute, speaking a language without /
the past tense? [. . .]
~ Faith Shearin

Quoted from Faith Shearin, "No Eyes" in Lost Language: Poems (Press 53, 2020), p. 30

Faith Shearin, Award-Winning Poet 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Thought for the Day

History tells us that with every great empire
comes great barbarism, that the two are inseparable, 
so that to diminish barbarism you must dismantle
the empires. This forces the question of what, really,
civilization brings to people that they did not already
have. And why is civilization so hard on the people
who turn it down?
~ Barry Lopez

Quoted from Barry Lopez, "Puerto Ayora" in Horizons (Vintage, 2019), p. 216

Barry Lopez (1945-2020), American Author, Essayist, Nature Writer, Fiction Writer

Barry Lopez Obituary at The New York Times, December 26, 2020 (Updated January 12, 2021)

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Thought for the Day

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
~ Clementine Paddleford


Quoted from Clementine Paddleford, c. 1920s

Clementine Paddleford (1898-1967), American Journalist, Food Writer

Kansas Historical Society

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes in the morning. [. . .]
~ Psalm 30

Quoted from The NRSV Bible, Psalm 30, v. 5 

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Thought for the Day

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
~ Wendell Berry

Quoted from Wendell Berry, "Our Real Work" from Standing by Words (Counterpoint, 1983)

Wendell Berry, American Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Educator, Christian Pacifist, Environmental Activist, Cultural Critic, Farmer

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Thought for the Day

Individuals no more exceptional than the rest of us
provide stunning examples of our finest moments as humans.
~ Robert M. Sapolsky

Quoted from Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin Books, 2017 [paperback]), p. 674

Robert M. Sapolsky, American Neuroendocrinology Researcher; Author; Professor of Biology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery, Stanford University; Speaker, TED Talks

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Thought for the Day

The world outside the self
 is indifferent to the fate of the self.
~ Barry Lopez

Quoted from Barry Lopez, Horizon (Vintage Books, 2020 [paperback]), p. 484

Barry Lopez (1945-2020), American Environmentalist, Author. Essayist, Story Writer, Researcher

Barry Lopez Obituary at The New York Times

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Thought for the Day

Do we want to love well?
Then first we must know what it means to abide.
~ Dr. Laurie Wilson

Quoted from Dr. Laurie Wilson, "Abide to Love," Devotional Essay for The Lent Project at Center for Christianity Culture and the Arts at Biola University, March 28, 2023

Dr. Laurie Wilson, Assistant Professor, Torrey Honors College, Biola University

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] love //
is a longer voyage /
than life.
~ Nathalie Handal
Quoted from Nathalie Handal, "Tessera" in Volo (Diode Eds., 2022); Excerpted by Poetry Daily, February 17, 2023

Nathalie Handal, Poet, Playwright, Essayist, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Editor

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Thought for the Day

Marvels offer common ground;
wonder is a shared delight, a shared motive.
~ Marina Warner

Quoted from Marina Warner, "Nothing More Wondrous" in The New York Review of Books, February 23, 2023 (Online and Print)

Marina Warner, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London; Distinguished Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; Author; Writer of Fiction, Criticism, History; Memoirist, Essayist, Novelist, Short Story Writer

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Thought for the Day

You learn a lot by staying in one place
But never how the story truly ends.
~ Dana Gioia

Quoted from Dana Gioia, "At the Crossroads" in Literary Hub, February 6, 2023; Excerpted from Gioia's Collection Meet Me at the Lighthouse (Graywolf Press, 2023)

Dana Gioia, Poet, Literary Translator, Literary Critic, Essayist, Editor, Librettist, Arts Advocate; California State Poet Laureate, 2015-2019

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Thought for the Day

History is chasing you, America, like a mean dog, 
and the only way to get it off your back is to turn
around and stare it in the face.
~ Lucille Clifton

Quoted from Lucille Clifton Reading, Department of English, University of Memphis, and River City Writers' Series, 1992-1993 Series

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), American Poet, Children's Book Author

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] The earth is where we draw our strength.
The community is where we are shaped and held,
validated, known and protected. [. . .]
~ V (formerly, Eve Ensler)

Quoted from Excerpt from V, Reckoning (Bloomsbury, 2023), Published in Literary Hub Politics, "Banishments Inside of Banishment: How Global Capitalism Destroys Our Connection to Place," February 1, 2023

V (Formerly, Eve Ensler), Playwright, Auhor, Performer, Activist

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Thought for the Day

 [. . .] Time is a long sunrise where we wait for our halos.
Night is the ash that covers the light. [. . .]
~ Kelli Russell Agodon
Quoted from Kelli Russell Agodon, "Till Death Shatters the Fabulous Stars" in Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), p. 48
Kelli Russell Agodon, Poet, Writer, Editor, Book Designer, Co-Founder, Two Sylvias Press

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Thought for the Day

This beautiful gift of attention that we human beings have
is being hijacked to pay attention to products and someone
else's political agenda. Whereas if we can reclaim our
attention and pay attention to things that really matter,
there a revolution starts.
~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

Quoted from David Marchese, "You Don't Have to Be Complicit in Our Culture of Destruction" (Interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer), The New York Times Magazine, January 29, 2023

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Member, Citizen Potawatomi Nation; Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Author, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions, 2015) and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses (Oregon State University Press, 2003)

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Thought for the Day

 [. . .] it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.
And there are so many silences to be broken.
~ Audre Lorde

Quoted from Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action" (Essay), Delivered at Modern Language Association's "Lesbian and Literature Panel," Chicago, Ill., December 28, 1977; First Published in Sinister Wisdom 6 (1978) and The Cancer Journals (Spinsters, Ink, San Francisco, 1980) Note: The link is to the essay reproduced by Electric Literature from Sister Outsider (1984), p. 44. The latter comprises a collection of essays and speeches by Lorde written between 1976 and 1984. A 2007 reprint of the collection is available from Crossing Press.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992), American Writer, Essayist, Poet, Feminist, Civil Rights Activist, Professor

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Thought for the Day

Person-to-person is the way the gospel was originally communicated.
Person-in-love-with person, person-respecting-person, person-
forgiving-person, person-touching-person, person-crying-
with-person, person-hugging-person: that's where
 the Spirit is so beautifully present.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr

Quoted from Richard Rohr, "Jesus's Person-to-Person Ministry," Daily Meditation, Center for Action and Contemplation, December 27, 2022

Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Priest, Ecumenical Teacher, Author, Founder of CAC

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Thought for the Day

 [. . .] we live hopeful amid utter senselessness.
~ Joshua Cohen

Quoted from "The Gods of Chaos and Stupidity," Daniel Drake Interview with Joshua Cohen, The New York Review of Books,  November 5, 2022

Joshua Cohen, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist, Story Writer,  and Editor, Contributor to The New York Review of Books

Daniel Drake, Editor, The New York Review of Books

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Thought for the Day

It is an act of trust to tell someone that you don't trust them.
~ Nancy Crawford
Quoted from Nancy Crawford, "Give Generously," Devotional for Day 34, December 30, 2022, The Advent Project, Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts, Biola University

Nancy Crawford, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Thought for the Day

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things,
and no good thing ever dies.
~ Andy Dufresne

Quoted from The Shawshank Redemption's "Andy Dufresne" in Letter to "Red".

Andy Dufresne, Prison Philosopher and Principal Protagonist Played by Actor Tim Robbins in 1994 Film Based on Stephen King's Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Thought for the Day

I believe a meaningful life comes from working in the service
of your talents — whatever strengths and qualities you have,
unique to you or rare in your circles, try to rally that talent
in order to create change. Hopefulness follows on from feeling
useful; too often people believe it's the other way around.
~ Rebecca Giggs

Quoted from "The Intertidal Zone," Arianne Gonzalez Interviews Rebecca Giggs, The New York Review, December 17, 2022

Rebecca Giggs, Science Writer; Author, Fathoms:  The World in the Whale (2020)

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Thought for the Day

How do we stay open to the possibility of hope and awe,
when so much of nature feels haunted by human problems?
~ Rebecca Giggs

Quoted from "The Intertidal Zone," Arianne Gonzalez's Interview with Rebecca Giggs, The New York Review, December 17, 2022

Rebecca Giggs, Science Writer; Author, Fathoms: The World in the Whale (2020)