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Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean-the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing […]

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Mother Wisdom Speaks Christine Lore Webber

Mother Wisdom Speaks By Christine Lore Webber Some of you I will hollow out. I will make you a cave. I will make you so deep the stars will shine in your darkness. You will be a bowl. You will be the cup in the rock collecting rain. I will hollow you with knives. I […]

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Maya Angelou reflects on life

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah (on>her show) for Dr. Angelo’s 74th birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.” Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring everyday… like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see […]

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Oriah Mountain Dreamer THE INVITATION

The Invitation It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. I…t doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your […]

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Rules for Being Human

Rules for Being Human 1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called LIFE. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to […]

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Mary Oliver “Messenger”

- My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird- equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on […]

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Advice from a Tree

Advice from a Tree “Dear Friend, Stand Tall and Proud Sink your roots deeply into the Earth Reflect the light of a greater source Think long term Go out on a limb Remember your place among all living beings Embrace with joy the changing seasons For each yields its own abundance The Energy and Birth […]

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The Levey’s posts

“Instead of an intellectual search, there was suddenly a very deep gut feeling that something was different. It occurred when looking at Earth and seeing this blue-and-white planet floating there, and knowing it was orbiting the Sun, seeing that Sun, seeing it set in the background of the very deep black and velvety cosmos, seeing […]

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Precious Life and other poems by Alice Walker and others

The World Has Changed By Alice Walker The world has changed. Wake up & smell The possibility. The world Has changed: It did not Change Without Your prayers Without Your faith Without Your determination To Believe In liberation & Kindness; Without Your Dancing Through the years That Had No Beat. The world has changed: It […]

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The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness by Kim Rosen

The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness –by Kim Rosen, Original Story, Jan 10, 2013 The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life. The child of a Palestinian father and an American mother, her poems speak […]

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