Tag Archives: silence

Hearing Wisdom’s call in a noisy world

If you recall 1975’s pet rock fad, you won’t be surprised to learn of the fellow – Larry was his name – who lived alone with a stone he was trying to teach to talk. He rescued the palm-size oval stone from a beach and kept it on a shelf, covered it with a piece […]

In the lap of creation

National Poetry Month, Day 24  //  Because God rested after the six days of creation – so the story goes (Exod. 20:8-11) – we are to do the same, every seventh day of every week. Do nothing, the elders tell us, but let the work of God suffice without any contribution or meddling from us. […]

In perfect silence

National Poetry Month, Day 13  //  Seeing past the surface of life to the “something more of the depths” that Robert Frost glimpsed at a well-curb may be an unexpected gift, but it doesn’t very often come out of the blue. Often it’s preceded by nudges as subtle as mere whim, boredom, impatience, or the […]

The silken sound

National Poetry Month, Day 3  //  Seeking connections that hold – the image from yesterday’s poem by Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider” – isn’t first of all about “seeking the spheres to connect them.” Before that, it’s about rediscovering silence and nurturing it so that, with what Benedict called the ear of my heart, I […]

Silence will an answer be

On November 15, if I live that long, I will complete my allotted seventy years. It’s not a limit I take literally; there are plenty of exceptions on either side of the number. But it’s a good reminder of the brevity of life and of the certainty that it will end, and of the need […]

What mattered today

At the end of every day, Flipboard sends me a summary of the day’s news, a list of stories they consider most important in the latest news cycle. Today’s list included stories about Google’s $5-billion fine; accounts by the Thai boys of their ordeal in the cave; Elon Musk’s apology for what he said about […]

Listening in the silence

To pray is to sit in silence until it silences you.

The right words

Human family

Can we all get along?” That was Rodney King’s question during the 1991 riots in Los Angeles, and it’s a good one today. The acquittal of four L.A. police officers of charges related to their beating of King as he lay helpless on the ground – a beating captured on video and widely broadcast – […]

Important work like sittin’ around fishin’

“Important work like sittin’ around fishin’ remains to be done.” In making this quaint observation, Pogo was not the first to recognize the importance of being alone and idle. The value of solitude has been affirmed throughout history. Early in the nineteenth century, Emerson wrote, “In the morning, — solitude;” said Pythagoras; that Nature may […]