Category Archives: quotations and poetry

wake up to the very life we’re living

Our intention is to affirm this life – not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation – but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of it’s own […]

acknowledging the good

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. -Eckhart Tolle Thank you to Kerry, on whose lovely blog Next Trip Around the Sun I found this perfect line.

we still and always want waking

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts? Why are we reading, if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will […]


I tell my students this: often, the most honest stance you can take is that of questioning. The most you can be certain of is that of which you wonder. -Tracy K. Smith From an interview with our newest poet laureate in the Iowa Review.

there’s magic in the climb

I think parenting young children (and old ones, I’ve heard) is a little like climbing Mount Everest. Brave, adventurous souls try it because they’ve heard there’s magic in the climb. They try because they believe that finishing, or even attempting the climb are impressive accomplishments. They try because during the climb, if they allow themselves […]

so wondrously simple

Being yourself seems like the most effortless thing in the world – duh, who else are you going to be? But it’s deceiving, tricky, a summons laden with meandering and failed attempts – and then at last, so wondrously simple. -Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

very lovely

Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” ~ L.M. Montgomery I loved Anne as a child, with the particular passion of a red-headed girl finding a kindred spirit, and was delighted to find this beautiful line on Tamara Willems’ lovely blog.

a life of noticing

Both poem and painting offer their combined visions – rimed with pathos and irony – as an enduring truth of life: the world often doesn’t notice us. This understanding has been a crucial urge for most of what I’ve written in fifty years. Mine has been a life of noticing and being a witness. Most […]

Look for that pinprick of light

This is your assignment. Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS. Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick […]

both living and dying at the same time

All art holds the knowledge that we’re both living and dying at the same time.  It can hold it. -Marie Howe Every moment of life holds that knowledge, too.