Category Archives: poetry

Be sure, don’t be right

Today I showed the finale of Dialogues of the Carmelites in a lesson on the French Revolution. This opera is so extraordinary from a dramatic standpoint because the characters are drawn so sharply. When each Carmelite goes to the guillotine … Continue reading

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What we mean by love

Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” … So the question is not whether … Continue reading

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Stuffed with grace

What part of speech is “religious”? If you answered “adjective” you’re right, except, of course, when religious is a noun. Now remember: a religious is religious, but you can be religious without being a religious. Teaching is difficult for countless … Continue reading

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A cold and broken hallelujah

Every year my mother takes great delight in ‘changing the clocks’, because rather than fuss with the hands on the clocks in the great room she actually switches the clocks, pulling out the winter clocks and stuffing the summer ones … Continue reading

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In defense of gratuitousness

I kicked off my summer vacation right, having lunch with a wonderful friend. She’s someone with whom I can talk about things that really matter: fears and frustrations, hopes and goals. Both of us articulated writing as one of our … Continue reading

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My heart broke loose on the wind

In the 1200s St Dominic preached against the Albigensian heresy. That’s not the lede I expected to write about my recent trip to the symphony, but all of my reflections on the premiere of Lieberson’s Songs of Love and Sorrow … Continue reading

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Set down this: Making peace with the Magi

If you’re looking for a way to get me riled up, hide one of my favorite books. Two nights ago I couldn’t find my edition of T. S. Eliot. It was Epiphany and I wanted to read “Journey of the … Continue reading

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What I do is me, for that I came.

Even for someone as prone to tears as I am, I know I have finished a good biography if I cry at the end when the subject dies. The last book that moved me like that was Christophe Wolfe’s biography … Continue reading

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Abide with Me

Abide with me, fast falls the even tideThe darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide.When other helpers fail and comforts flee,Help of the helpless, O abide with me. Darkness. Last night as I drove out of the city I happened to … Continue reading

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Here and but the Beholder Wanting

I just found this from about two years ago, before my days of blogging when I used to simply bore BOC-ers with my ramblings in the membership newsletter. Although this was my ‘message from the President’ in the newsletter, there … Continue reading

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