Lines of Thinking


Inspired by Mollusks

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 2 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...

Three Poems on Silence

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 2 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...

Billy Collins

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 2 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...

Mary Oliver

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 2 I read recently that IKEA’s founder attributed the ubiquitous furniture company’s success to his breakthrough innovation of “wordless directions:” diagrammatic drawings with some numbers or letters, but no written explanations....

For Abel Coelho ’04

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 3 “O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?”- W.B. Yeats (from the poem Among School...

Storyteller

Home » Archives for Tom Manley » Page 3 Not long ago my father-in-law passed. He had been ill for years, turned inward and physically ravaged by Alzheimer’s.  His death was a release and a mercy even though it was also a great sadness for family and friends. Those two...