Category Archives: poetry

Letting someone else make it beautiful

I’ve written before about trying to transform pain or anxiety into something beautiful. Today I got so frustrated I couldn’t find the right words to make it OK. So I turned to an expert: You say I am repeating Something … Continue reading

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The sidelines of history: How the Irish Saved Civilization

Supreme egotism and utter seriousness are necessary for the greatest accomplishment, and these the Irish find hard to sustain; at some point, the instinct to see life in a comic light becomes irrestistible, and ambition falls before it. – William … Continue reading

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The Doorway into Thanks

Praying  by Mary Oliver   It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch   a few words together and don’t try to … Continue reading

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Five things for Ash Wednesday

As it always does, the liturgical calendar has wended it’s way back to Ash Wednesday and we are off again on our Lenten adventures. Because I have a busy day with a number of rehearsals (and of course, some church!) … Continue reading

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Barbarous in beauty

Summer ends now, barbarous in beauty… I wish I could claim to have written that, but the truth is it is the beginning of one of the many poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins that tears my heart out whenever I … Continue reading

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Singing to the wall (i carry your heart)

Just before the last song, I thanked everyone for coming to the recital in my hometown. I told them we had cookies afterward and that I was happy to have so many familiar faces. I quipped “I’ve sung a lot … Continue reading

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Not to end in Death

When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death” – John 11: 4a Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you … Continue reading

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The Cruellest Month

If the eagerness with which I get out of bed in the morning is any indication, beneath my coating of cynicism and bad attitude there is a much more sanguine core. Even though starting a new day excites me most … Continue reading

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Our peace in God’s will

Cursed as I am with an explosive personality, I have more than a few “trigger phrases” that are guaranteed to make me want to blow my top. Perhaps the most insipid is “everything happens for a reason” or its religious … Continue reading

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Marking

Winter 2011 continued its slow attack on my sanity this week by allowing yet another cough to creep into my chest, thereby leaving me hoarse for most of the week. Although I’m feeling fine now, I am still struggling with … Continue reading

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