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As I’ve said before, the late poet Jeanne Lohmann is one of my favorite poets — and “Praise What Comes” is one example of why. The poem comes from her 2003 collection, The Light of Invisible Bodies. This remarkable woman recently celebrated her 90th birthday AND published her 10th collection…
Loss and trauma can cast us into uncertainty. Parker Palmer finds solace in the words of William Stafford, and wonders if being lost is the first step on a path to something better.
November in the upper Midwest often feels like a “fifth season” to me — different from autumn and winter in ways that are not easily described. But “Praise Song” by Barbara Crooker helps me see that November is about the abundance to be found in certain kinds of scarcity.
The best education is one in which we listen to each other. Parker Palmer tells the story of a New York City cab driver and how he exhibits the many qualities necessary to be a good citizen today.