On this New Year's Eve, our weekly columnist wrestles with the uncertainty of the year to come. Rather than making resolutions, he poses five questions to ask yourself to carry into the New Year.
The writer's words from 1955 resonate even more profoundly today in an era of technological ubiquity. A meditation on the gifts of solitude, loneliness, and silence.
Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."
"We're drying them out. But I'm looking closely — a lot of these pages, it's not reparable. This is just heartbreaking to look at."
Rabbi Avremel Okonov's words — and this image of Torah scrolls being unrolled to dry after a Brighton Beach yeshiva in Brooklyn was flooded — put another face on what has been lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We're based in Minnesota and, much like the rest of the world, our imaginations and conversations have been captivated by the devastating aftermath of Sandy.
A passage from Letters to a Young Poet cited by Novogratz.