A Meditation on Standing Still
Poetry

A Meditation on Standing Still

Any square foot of Earth is worthmore than all the snow-white Moon;why, this spot on which you standis crowded and crammed with the memoryof seeds and stones, blood and bones,birth and breath, and yes,not a little death;and the footprints of those who,like you, passed this way & paused,blessing this sacred ground. Image credit: Photo: “Light Steps” by PetarPaunchev /…

A Resurrection Worth Singing About, Even in the Storm
Essays | Notes in Glass Bottles

A Resurrection Worth Singing About, Even in the Storm

In the face of war, abuse, and sad throwing-up children, I believe in its happy ending Happy Easter, a few days late—or Merry Christmas might be more appropriate, given the wintery weather we’ve had here in the Upper Midwest the past few weeks. This newsletter is supposed to go out every Sunday, and I had…

Why I Whistle
Notes in Glass Bottles

Why I Whistle

In This Issue Notes: Why I Whistle · New Words: I Once Walked Around My House Upside-Down · In Other Words: Mary Oliver and the Opportunity Cost of Writing Poetry · News: Potting Up the Basil and Tomatoes · Postscript: Ditching School to Whistle Get “Notes in Glass Bottles” in your inbox every Sunday. NOTE Why I Whistle Maybe it’s an act of defiance, or maybe it’s just…

I Once Walked Around the House Upside-Down
Poetry

I Once Walked Around the House Upside-Down

A poem based on actual events I once walked around the house upside-down,the ceiling fan sprouting like an alien flowerfrom a diamond-encrusted field of snow,coats craning on tippy-toe atop their hooks,slabs of books hanging from dark shelveslike bats thick in their caves, dreaming;and the frowny old man in the green painting seeming to smile now, standing…

The Virtues of Remote Desert Islands in the Age of Noise
Notes in Glass Bottles

The Virtues of Remote Desert Islands in the Age of Noise

In this issue
The Virtues of Remote Desert Islands in the Age of Noise + Into the Desert Once Again + The best Christian prayer books (for beginners) + Krista Tippett interviews Kate DiCamillo + Live with OSV: Imaginative Prayer + New Resources for Imaginative Prayer + The Real Notes in Glass Bottles

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