Category Archives: Intellectual Life

Goodbye to All That

My heart aches to be there with him. ———GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Joan Didion——— (1967) How many miles to Babylon? Three score miles and ten— Can I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again— If your feet are … Continue reading

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Bees of the Invisible

Everywhere transience is plunging into the depths of Being… It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again, “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Animals

“This is my favorite photo in the world – me and Linus, born to a dairy cow and ordered to be killed when the farmer saw he was a male (and thus useless in the dairy industry). A compassionate individual … Continue reading

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To Know the Dark

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Fields: The Mythology of Forster’s English Landscape

The Heart of the Fields The Mythology of Forster’s English Landscape In Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster writes of Meredith, “What is really tragic and enduring in the scenery of England was hidden from him, and so is what … Continue reading

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Heart Sutra Wisdom

If you seek a home, Remember, She has none. If you seek comfort, Remember, She opens to everything. If you seek security, Remember, She cannot be controlled. If you seek transcendence, Remember, She accepts things just as they are. – … Continue reading

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On seeking love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi

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The cat-soul

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Beloved stars

Beloved stars, look down on me. I am a tiny speck in a tiny world. I am a poor atom full of love for you, full of faith in you. —George Sand

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More Fully Human

There is a Jewish tradition of the zaddik—the holy person. The zaddik differs, it is said, from ordinary people, in that the zaddik is more fully human. In the Christian tradition, Saint Irenaeus says something similar. He says that the … Continue reading

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