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Jonathan Franzen
Book Bits

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.

Mockingbird

Hey, Mockingbird

BY ABIGAIL KING
This is how it began: mornings, sitting outside on a stone bench, listening to the mockingbird. You exist. I exist.

Intersection

BY NATALIE MUCKER
J-o-s. He wrote on the white board in purple marker, then spun to face us—a handful of seated strangers—in the small, neat room.

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MICRO GALLERY

Katya Belena – Dawn Dusk

Katya Belena’s Micro Gallery exhibit Dawn Dusk is an invitation to stay in the changing moment of transition like a darkening or lightening sky.

Letters to my Unborn Daughter

Letters to My Unborn Daughter

BY KATHERINE LEE
A woman unpacks the meaning of motherhood in a series of letters to her unborn and unnamed daughter.

Gin and Coconut Curry

BY CHAPIN CIMINO
What stays with us over the decades: Navigating the grey mists of love and affection by the quirky light of a college friendship.

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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

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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

Natalia Ginzburg

Their Love of Life Should Never Weaken

Pursuing our vocations and allowing our children the space to develop their own, are, according to Natalia Ginzburg, paramount in raising healthy children and developing healthy relationships with them as they grow.

Jack Kornfield

The Path Through the Gateless Gate

Jack Kornfield teaches that too much emphasis on ‘special’ experiences might take us away from the practice of opening up to what is in front of us.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

On the Anxiety of Non-Being

Theologian Paul Tillich on the interplay of anxiety and fear and how they feed in to one another at the very foundation of the human mind.

The Ecstasy of Paying Attention

When we are looking, says Anne Lamott, really actively observing, then we are overriding our tendency towards interpreting and distorting the objects of our perception.

How to Dance? Lessons from a Zen Master

Jundo Cohen paints a picture of the universe as an integrated and indivisible dance, in which certain elements temporarily swirl out then return to the whole.

To Possess Is To Give

Lewis Hyde’s book The Gift is a treatise on the power of the creative spirit and the dynamics of giving to transform the world.

Ordinary Devotions

Jordan Kisner’s essay titled, ‘Soon This Space Will Be Too Small’, is a short musing about circular themes and thoughts that can revolve around a whole lifetime.

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.

Mockingbird

Hey, Mockingbird

BY ABIGAIL KING
This is how it began: mornings, sitting outside on a stone bench, listening to the mockingbird. You exist. I exist.

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Katya Belena – Dawn Dusk

Katya Belena’s Micro Gallery exhibit Dawn Dusk is an invitation to stay in the changing moment of transition like a darkening or lightening sky.

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GK Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton – The Convert

G.K. Chesterton’s ‘The Convert’ describes the aftermath of a transition that has taken the poet from an upside-down world onto a shining white road of peace and clarity.

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Vanessa Watters

Vanessa Watters – Amnesia

Vanessa writes that her poem, Amnesia was written while she stared out from her study-room window, focused on school and the trappings of societal life: ‘I felt thankful for the

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Wanda Coleman

Wanda Coleman – Nocturne

Wanda Coleman’s ‘Nocturne’ holds up the exertion born of necessity or stubbornness, and an awareness of the things—both internal and external—that impede momentum.

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