Monthly Archives: September 2014

Learning to See the World

Through words, I am learning to see. Rainer Maria Rilke, who offered forth some of the greatest lyric poetry of the twentieth century, wrote humbly, “I am learning to see. I don’t know why it is, but everything penetrates more deeply into me and does not stop at the place where until now it always

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Patience and Wild Things

How impatient we are as a species. In the morning light, I stood on a rocky shore called Granite Beach (‘beach’ is a highly inaccurate misnomer), an arc of sea cove populated with thousands of small, rounded granite stones washed up against the low cliffs. I had chosen to spend a good part of my

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Candlebright

A man sits in the window, bundled in a light grey jacket and a blue French scarf wrapped around his neck. By the light of the lone candle that flickers near him on the table, his unruly and uncombed hair shines silver, though his face is that of a middle-aged man. He writes with fountain

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Death in the Garden: Appreciating the Beauty of Life

I knew in an instant it was dying. As the evening descended, speaking on the phone with my friend nearby in Carmel Valley and gazing out at the shifting hues of water and sky in the cove, a struggling band-tailed pigeon flapped and flopped across the stone terrace. “Oh no!” I exclaimed as my heart

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