THIS WEEK'S BLOG

Leaving

BY MICHELLE NICHOLAYSEN
When I left the Seventh-day Adventists, I thought I could keep the love and forget the wrath.

Serape

BY SARAH CHAVERA EDWARDS
I never knew him in life. The man with calloused hands and almond eyes that would turn into half-moons when he laughed.

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MICRO GALLERY

Places I'd Like to Live: Ice Blue Mountains

Dave Sims – Watercolors

Dave Sims’ watercolor paintings are a submission to the chance of creation and a surrender to emptiness.

This Might Seem Stupid

BY NOAH LASHLY
A potential relationship with a cute barista hinges on whether or not I can find a candle at Target that can accurately confirm my identity.

When I Run Out of Murakami

BY CHRIS KING
When romantic love falls apart, literary love keeps a bibliophile going. Lovers come and go but Murakami is always there, waiting on the shelf.

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FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

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Caroline Goodwin

Why I Write – Caroline Goodwin

Writing can be anything, from self-discovery to incorporating pain to establishing direction, according to poet Caroline Goodwin, who featured in The Dewdrop a couple of weeks ago with her poem, Not I’ll Not, from her book, Custody of the Eyes. 

THE BEATS

BROWSE BY THEME

MYSTICS

POPULAR READS

Zen Tree

FROM THE ZEN GARDEN

The Great, Generous Laugh

Susan Murphy’s book, The Red Thread, addresses the guts and gore of the flesh-and-blood humans who sustain spiritual practice in the midst of desire, mortality and heartbreak.

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Ryokan – Playing with the Children

Ryokan loved children, and played with them so much that other adults began to question his sanity. He says, ‘Even if I were able to say something/how could I explain?’ His wholehearted immersion in playful activity is the essence of Ryokan’s very particular Zen expression.

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Bankei and the Unborn

17th century Zen master Bankei on the Unborn, the unconditioned mind that comes up spontaneously and is fundamental to every person, without exception.

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Am I Conscious Now?

“What does it mean to ask a question? Is there some magic in the inquisitive brain?” Susan Blackmore’s lifelong investigation into consciousness encompasses Zen practice and the recurring question: Am I conscious now?

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KEEP READING

Kathleen Dean Moore

Living Like Birds, Loving Like Birds

With her book, Earth’s Wild Music, Kathleen Dean Moore asks, what can we do in the midst of so much extinction? What is our moral imperative?

Janwillem van de Wetering

You Have to Have a Cup

The Empty Mirror is Janwillem van de Wettering’s memoir of his time at a Japanese Zen monastery where he stayed for over a year in the late 1950s.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Bad Drivers and the Short View

Jonathan Franzen invites us to consider how our social, political and economic architecture not only accommodates short-sightedness but also rewards it.

This Might Seem Stupid

BY NOAH LASHLY
A potential relationship with a cute barista hinges on whether or not I can find a candle at Target that can accurately confirm my identity.

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Pete Mackey

Pete Mackey – Mourning

The first spark of Pete Mackey’s poem Mourning appeared one evening as he was cleaning his fireplace—a nightly ritual in Massachusetts winters.

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When I Run Out of Murakami

BY CHRIS KING
When romantic love falls apart, literary love keeps a bibliophile going. Lovers come and go but Murakami is always there, waiting on the shelf.

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Jennifer Chesnut

Jennifer Chesnut – Little Bird

Jennifer Chesnut wrote Little Bird while doing what she does every morning after rising – she was looking out the window, processing dreams, watching birds and writing poetry.

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Leaving

BY MICHELLE NICHOLAYSEN
When I left the Seventh-day Adventists, I thought I could keep the love and forget the wrath.

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