Parker J. Palmer

By Parker J. Palmer October 22, 2014

As we acknowledge the pain and suffering in the world, we must also look for the possibility within us as we aim to change what's wrong.

By Parker J. Palmer October 15, 2014

More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.

By Parker J. Palmer October 08, 2014

The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.

By Parker J. Palmer October 01, 2014

With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.

By Parker J. Palmer September 24, 2014

Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.

By Parker J. Palmer September 17, 2014

Anger is something many of us try to deny. Rather than quelling it, what if we were to use it as an animating force for personal transformation and social change?

By Parker J. Palmer September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

By Parker J. Palmer September 03, 2014

How does one have a more supple heart that's read to hold life's suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.

By Parker J. Palmer August 27, 2014

As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer "soft eyes" of compassion to our children.

By Parker J. Palmer August 19, 2014

Whether you're inwardly or outwardly lost, there's an alternative to panicking. Advice on how to find where you are with a David Wagoner poem.

By Parker J. Palmer August 13, 2014

Thoughtful words on standing in solidarity with others suffering from depression and the healing experience of a poem.

By Parker J. Palmer August 06, 2014

Some good humor on forgetfulness and poignant verse from the poet Billy Collins to sweeten the swallow.

By Parker J. Palmer July 30, 2014

Parker Palmer pays homage to Krista Tippett with some words of wisdom on "the savage and beautiful country that lies in between."

By Parker J. Palmer July 23, 2014

At our darkest hours, when light fails to find a home, a path of buttercups may lead us back. Parker Palmer offers up thoughts and a Willow Harth poem for many of us caught "underground."

By Parker J. Palmer July 16, 2014

Parker Palmer reflects on "sharing our loves and doubts" as way into more generous conversations — all through the lens of a poem by Yehuda Amichai.

By Parker J. Palmer July 09, 2014

Parker Palmer celebrates the act of finding clarity in one's life through the poetry of Mary Oliver and listening to the trees.

By Parker J. Palmer July 02, 2014

As many of us Americans approach the July 4th weekend, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that "we're all in this together."

By Parker J. Palmer June 25, 2014

Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.

By Parker J. Palmer June 18, 2014

A video with Parker Palmer discussing Lincoln's depression and how he sees the 16th U.S. President's ability to reconcile the darkness and lightness within himself as a lesson for us all in healing the heart of democracy.

By Parker J. Palmer June 11, 2014

Some thoughts on Leonard Cohen, our small and imperfect contributions to solving big problems, the "potluck supper approach to social change," and how the light gets in.

By Parker J. Palmer June 04, 2014

To be human is to live with paradox and hold it in our hands. Parker Palmer offers some grounding advice on creating more spaces to do so gracefully — and a poem by May Sarton.

By Parker J. Palmer May 28, 2014

Life has its moments of melancholy. Parker Palmer reminds us to stop, take it all in, and write some poetry to recall life's aspirations.

By Parker J. Palmer May 21, 2014

As you read this poem, Parker Palmer asks us to ponder a simple question: "How, then, shall I live?"

By Parker J. Palmer May 14, 2014

Parker Palmer draws inspiration from the words of Wendell Berry on celebrating one's obstacles and the impeded stream that sings.

By Parker J. Palmer May 06, 2014

Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the "family of things."

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