This life He gave the shell, the daily struggles we know, sit quiet for a minute, dear, feel the wind, let light touch you. Live without thought of dying, for dying is not a truth. — St. Catherine of Sienna. I knew very little of St. Catherine before I started reading her poetry. Take a…

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How did the rose ever open its heart and give this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened. — Hafiz. “The encouragement of light” is one of those phrases that hits me, and causes me to pause and think. It makes me think…

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The triviality of the issue was inversely proportional to the rancor it can stir. — J. F. Riordan, Robert’s Rules. My friend and author Jan Riordan states a truism in her newest novel. How often have our disputes at home, work, or on the playing fields been over the trivial. And as an aside, our politics issues…

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I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at their arc of rage, because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound. — Hafiz. Hafiz is a 14th century Sufi poet who is considered to one of history’s lyrical geniuses. Emerson once said of…

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