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Ocean View: January 13, 2010

Ocean View January 13, 2010 By Jude Rittenhouse Only two of the past dozen winters have been consistently snowy here on Rhode Island’s shore. We often get rain while snow is falling to the north but, as...


Pray attention to the ordinary. Don't miss a tittle -- the bubble in the foam, the shimmer before the event, the tremor of Presence in the now, breath inside the breath. Mirage and place have everything...

Caught in stereotype

I'm always so grateful to be confronted with my own prejudices in order to weed them out. Last week, as part of a global series I'm doing,  I interviewed a water exec from Saudi...

A Deep but Dazzling Darkness

I think one of the greatest of metaphysical poems is Henry Vaughan’s masterpiece “The Night.” The poem takes as its inspiration the scene from the third chapter of John, Nicodemus visiting Jesus by night....

Oil Changes for the Soul

I used to fear my tears and hold them back with all my might, but now I welcome them with open arms. They are likened to an oil change for the soul. My friend...

To All Creatives: Radical Ways to Renovate Your House of Fear

Fear and doubt can take over our bodies like obnoxious house guests whom, after a few years, we’ve unintentionally allowed to move in for the long haul. You can take a quick survey, sort of...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Thirty-Four (Rengetsu)

Image by 松岡明芳 Poem by Ōtagaki Rengetsu I found this week's poem in a beautiful little book called Lotus Moon: The Poetry of the Buddhist Nun Rengetsu, translated by the Eastern philosophy professor, John Stevens. The poet, Ōtagaki Rengetsu lived from 1791...

The True Light of God

Gurucharanam Saranam The man with the power of clairvoyance slowly opened his eyes and said: ‘When I observe your life, I see a bright light, which is very rare.  It is the true light of...

Enjoy Four Kinds of Peace

What’s your sense of peace? The Practice: Enjoy four kinds of peace. Why? “Peace” can sound merely sentimental or clichéd (“visualize whirled peas”). But deep down, it’s what most of us long for. Consider the proverb: The highest happiness...
Stephen Dunn

Excerpt from Last Words by Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen books, including Different Hours, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Since 1974 he has taught at Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. He's also been a Visiting Professor at The University of Washington, NYU, Columbia, and The University of Michigan. He has read his poetry at The Library of Congress, and at many universities and colleges throughout the country.