Tag: life

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September 27, 2016

To embrace life despite the truth of suffering is an audacious act. Jennifer Michael Hecht guides us through Albert Camus on the myth of Sisyphus, as a reassuringly contrary argument for life over death.

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September 6, 2016

To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.

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August 10, 2016

Is a life made, or grown? A contemplation from Parker Palmer and Marge Piercy on the quiet, joyful work of tending to ourselves as wild, flourishing thickets of life.

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March 4, 2016

What has your grandest adventure been? Between adventure and safety lies a world of possibility. Courtney Martin’s case for gutsy endeavors, big and small.

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December 12, 2015

Familiar items are strangely comforting throughout life, much less in difficult times. A gay man discovers himself through his ongoing relationship with a Renoir painting.

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September 2, 2015

Our columnist ponders the resurrection that takes place under the most destructive circumstances and the “vast web of life in which body and spirit are one.”

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February 16, 2015

The highly acclaimed and beloved poet Mary Oliver reads her four-part poem, “The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac,” — a poem in which she explores death, purpose, and the call to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer several years ago.

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April 9, 2014

Parker Palmer encourages us to look with child-like imagination to better understand the world’s mysteries.

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May 26, 2013

When one’s pen goes silent for three years, what’s the first line to come out. Christian Wiman tell us. Listen to his beautiful reading of “Every Riven Thing” too.

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April 5, 2013

A short film, “Happy Life,” elevates the everyday routines of ordinary people with the words of the Dalai Lama. A magical six minutes.

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March 22, 2013

Bedridden with an incurable illness, writer Paul Martin on navigating paths of pain and difficulty, and the depth and mystery of joy.

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January 23, 2013

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

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January 22, 2011

At the heart of my Christian faith is the belief that each and every person I encounter is absolutely cherished…