Celebrating Community

I had a glorious weekend the past couple of days.  How about you? For me, it wasn’t just that the weather was ideal and my community is alive with all the signs of spring–birds singing, colorful blossoms in the sky and on the ground, that special spring green color of brand-new leaves, or the people […]

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The Worm Whisperer

It’s a blustery day here in North Carolina.  It’s relatively warm for February (48 degrees F) and sunny, but the wind is blowing through the trees between 20-30 miles per hour.  Those blasts made me want to nestle down into my bedding and, uh,…meditate.  My friends the crows were calling out to me to join them, … More The Worm Whisperer

Finding the Dalai Lama in a Supermarket in North Carolina

Alan Ginsberg famously encountered Walt Whitman while he was grocery shopping, but today I think I did him one better.  For I found the Dalai Lama in my neighborhood grocery store in a town in North Carolina. There was no particular warning that this would be a transformative shopping experience.  I had bought what I could at a … More Finding the Dalai Lama in a Supermarket in North Carolina

Mending Wall

I teach both middle school and high school group literature classes, and once a month I do a poetry unit with the students.  While some of them are into it, others doubt the relevancy of poetry to their lives.  I tell them that many times, particularly during events of high emotion or great significance, poets can … More Mending Wall