Posts Tagged with ‘Mary Oliver’

Sunday Best – February 18. 2024

  Friends, I am happily unplugged today, and wishing you a pocket of quiet reflection as well. Here with a similar and more completely formed wish is Invitation from Mary Oliver’s Red Bird :   Oh do you have time to linger for just a little while out of your busy     and very important day […]

Sunday Best – July 23, 2023

  I just met this little visitor outside my window, so clearly there is only one possible way to greet this lovely Sunday morning. Dear friends, Here’s to the wild. Here’s to the precious.   THE SUMMER DAY   Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? […]

Sunday Best – January 8, 2023

  After a snowstorm last week, I was walking by the creek and overheard a parent explaining to their child that the water is always flowing under the surface, even when it seems to be frozen solid. As if sensing the kid’s doubtfulness, little further down the path, a thin stream of clear water was bubbling […]

Sunday Best – September 11, 2022

In honor of Mary Oliver’s birthday this weekend, a selection from A Thousand Mornings:   Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, […]

Sunday Best – June 27, 2021

  Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.      – Mary Oliver   It’s easy to breeze right by the most astonishing things. A hawk circling overhead. A couple that has found one another. A caterpillar slinky-ing up a leaf. A bridge that spans a river. A newborn of […]

Sunday Best – January 5, 2020

  Years ago, I was in the middle of a complicated business trip, rushing for a connection in a big airport in a town where I knew no one. As I was shuffling along the moving walkway, willing the standers in front of me to lean out of the way so I could rush by, […]

Sunday Best – April 7, 2019

  To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.        – Mary Oliver It’s a funny phrase, and apt: we don’t make attention, or do attention, we pay attention. It often feels like a cost. When we are called to pay attention, it’s because our focus is elsewhere. Pay attention to the algebra […]

Sunday Best – January 20, 2019

Don’t just do something, stand there!   Jack Bogle Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.   Mary Oliver This was a tough week for loss – both the poet Mary Oliver and the investor Jack Bogle. At first glance these seem like people who had little in common: Oliver spent her days in the […]

Sunday Best – August 26, 2018

It’s been a tough month for losses – Aretha Franklin, Kofi Annan, John McCain. So many more. It’s been a tough year for losses – Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Barbara Bush, Stephen Hawking. So many more. You could fill in any unit of time and any length of list and the statement would still be […]

Sunday Best – June 10, 2018

Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell about it.      – Mary Oliver,  Instructions for Living a Life   Dear Honeybees, I’ve been unplugged this past week, which brought all sorts of attention and astonishment. There will be lots to tell in weeks and months and years ahead; for now, here is a tiny morning video […]

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