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Being the Shortest Day

Being the Shortest Day

At year’s end, I experience a heightened awareness of time and light and their interplay. The low-slung sun moves over the edge of the backyard fence; it beams through an otherwise innocuous container on the windowsill, casting a light shadow of...

Snow on Water

Snow on Water

Late last month I was very touched to be part of the life celebration for Antioch College alumna and long time faculty member and fellow student of Japanese culture, Karen Shirley ’61. This Lines of Thinking is dedicated to Karen in gratitude for...

Inspired by Mollusks

Inspired by Mollusks

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver Since Mary Oliver’s death in January, there has been an outpouring of remembrances, elegies and homages. I had not intended to add to that generous and...

Three Poems on Silence

Three Poems on Silence

I’ve been reflecting on the idea of silence since listening to the inspiring talks given by Tamika D. Mallory at the Coretta Scott King Legacy Luncheon and Birthday Celebration at Antioch two weeks ago. A co-chair of the Women’s March and a...

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

A lot of things in life take courage. Sometimes reading poetry is one of them. I once read a poem to conclude a presentation on international education and its power to get us past cultural barriers by underscoring our shared humanity. There were...