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Getting what you want

A tweet I saw today made me aware of this poem, written when the author was dying of cancer: Late Fragment By Raymond Carver And did you get what you wanted from life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the Earth. Simple. Direct. […]

A poem begins with a lump in the throat

I found this thought from Frost in a lovely video rendition of Debbie Millman’s Fail Safe essay and speech. That “lump in the throat” we experience when confronted with wonder or heartache or an epiphany of some sort is the call to expression. Ignore it too often and the lumps stop showing up.

I want to be a better friend to my dog

I heard this Billy Collins poem about dogs today while listening to the TED Radio Hour*: I laughed, but now I want to be a better friend to my dog, Mosley. *The TED Radio Hour is such a stellar podcast. If you haven’t discovered podcasts yet, this is a great one to subscribe to to […]

Dropping keys

Catch yourself locking others up in your expectations, your dogma. And stop it. Break out of the constraints others place on you. Be authentic. Be real. Be your rowdy, unfiltered self, regardless of what others want you to be and regardless of how imperfect you will be exposed to be. Your freedom just might liberate […]

Mother’s Day gift: Sarah Kay’s poem

Need something thoughtful for a mother in your life for Mother’s Day this weekend? My daughters and I gave this lovely little book of Sarah Kay’s poem B to my wife a couple of years ago. It’s the poem Sarah performed on the TED stage to much acclaim. I loved her dynamic presence on stage as much […]

Love and gravity

Gravity rules the universe. There would be no Earth, no solar system, no sun or stars or galaxies without gravity. Gravity is attraction. The earth is pulling on the moon, keeping it close. The sun keeps tugging at the planets. Galaxies spin in infinity in its grasp. Gravity holds everything together. Newton enlightened. Einstein clarified […]

Mary Oliver: West Wind #2

This is so good: WEST WIND #2 By Mary Oliver You are young. So you know everything. You leap into the boat and begin rowing. But listen to me. Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me. Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, […]