Tag Archives: Meaning

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Learning to Learn About Things That Matter

Yesterday I spoke at Friends University in Wichita, a school in the Quaker tradition. A glorious building was imagined, and then brought into being in the late 19th-century to house this hope for educating the next generation of “Friends,” as … more »

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And Crying Too

“Here am I, O God, of little power and mean estate, yet lifting up heart and voice to Thee before whom all created things are as dust and vapor. Thou art hidden behind the curtain of sense, incomprehensible in Thy … more »

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On Laughter and More

“The devil laughs because God’s world seems senseless to him; the angels laugh with joy because everything in God’s world has its meaning.” When I first read those words, I was struck by their hard-won wisdom. Milan Kundera, one of … more »

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Honest Questions, Honest Answers

“I have a question.” These last few days I have been walking among the aspens of southwestern Colorado, just south of Pagosa Springs, not so far from the New Mexico border, listening to the questions of students who have taken … more »

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On the Beach Boys… the Beatles… Bono and his band

The Beach Boys… the Beatles… and Bono. For a few days this week I was close enough to the Pacific Ocean to bike along the beach. Watching the sunrise, the quiet of the morning, a travel mug with Earl Grey … more »

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The City of Steeples and Spires

They call it the city of steeples and spires for good reason…. so beautiful and so historic, it has always felt like one should think about things that matter while walking the streets of Oxford. Today for example. While I … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: Reframing the Mundane

Walk into the office, ask my supervisor how I can help today, get a long list of tasks ranging from papers to file, emails to return, excel spreadsheets to create, and then after a few minutes of small talk, go … more »

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Learning about Life from Wendell Berry

Meant to be. Supposed to be. Ought to be. In the culture of whatever, those are contentious words. Sometimes and some places they are fighting words. “How would you possibly know? No one knows. And anyone who thinks they do … more »

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All Hallow’s Eve, and Cooking Pots Too

All Hallow’s Eve, and cooking pots too. Over the last few days I have been in Madison, WI, and was wonderfully hosted by some of the best people. From Thursday night through Sunday morning, we kept busy, engaged with many … more »

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Perennial People

I was born and raised more than a million miles from Manhattan– at least the San Luis Valley and the San Joaquin Valley seem that far away. But over the generations there was a time when my family had an … more »

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