Tag: light

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January 7, 2017

In the light of a New Year’s sparkler, a metaphor for the illuminating capacity we hold within, despite our fleeting existence.

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December 20, 2016

The twilight season of Advent reveals a quiet source of hope — in the rhythms of the earth and the instinctual embrace of darkness by our animal bodies.

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December 7, 2016

As we turn the seasonal corner to the longest nights of the year, a reflection on the time we spend in the darkness, and what we can learn from it before turning back to the light.

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September 5, 2016

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

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December 20, 2015

The ritual of lighting luminaria on Christmas Eve in New Mexico inspires this reflection on grief and waiting for the light.

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December 6, 2015

Our first postcard from Hanukkah reminds us of the importance of light, and to find it wherever we can: in strangers, in family, in friends.

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December 6, 2015

Christmas is an extrovert; Advent is an introvert’s season. A reflection on the expectant, hopeful, solemn season of waiting.

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October 5, 2015

A classic love song takes on new meaning in the light of darkness. A war correspondent hears Ry Cooder’s version of “Dark End of the Street” as an ode to suffering and the light that shines on.

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August 5, 2015

External “oughts” and “shoulds” can create impossibly high aspirations — and equally high levels of guilt about falling short. A personal exploration sharing the delicate experience of “befriending” depression and ways of reframing our expectations of self.

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May 11, 2015

A weekly roundup of the many things surfacing and playing out in the world with some of our favorite writers and thinkers.

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May 7, 2015

Metaphors of light and reflection abound. But what about the metaphors of mirror and mirroring. Omid Safi holds that image with palms up and open.

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December 30, 2014

Our executive editor looks into our most interesting worlds of curiosity and hope, including an elegy for light, the lessons of hardship, and a piece in praise of chosen family.

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December 21, 2014

Darkness draws out our deep-down depths. And, in the northern hemisphere, December’s darkness invites us inward. A lesson in wonder, an elegy for light, and a call to pay attention for the unbroken darkness of a December night.

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December 19, 2014

Our photo-poem for this Hanukkah evening, a reflection on the sacred ordinariness of holy people and holy places — even at a supermarket in upstate New York.

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December 18, 2014

“People prefer winners and losers. Maccabees rising against Greeks.” The third photo-poem in our series from Matthew Septimus and Esther Cohen on the stories of success we tell each other.

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December 17, 2014

A prayer for the poet who doesn’t pray. The second in an eight-part series from a photographer and a poet exploring the sacred in the mundane.

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February 26, 2011

A magical description of the primordial silences of people and places outside urban corridors by Taline Voskeritchian.

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February 15, 2011

(photo: Eric Tastad/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons) Last summer, soon after returning from meeting my new niece, now nearly nine…

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December 21, 2010

“Buddha Moon – Buddha Stones” (photo: H. Kopp-Delaney/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons) Winter Solstice. The longest night of the year….