Robert Frost: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things

The Need of Being Versed in Country Things By Robert Frost The house had gone to bring again To the midnight sky a sunset glow. Now the chimney was all of the house that stood, Like a pistil after the petals go. The barn opposed across the way, That would have joined the house inContinue reading “Robert Frost: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things”

Another Look: The End of the Anthropocene, by Damaris Zehner

The End of the Anthropocene By Damaris Zehner Picture a car, speeding along a highway in the morning. A voice on the radio is gabbling about some crisis. The driver’s cell phone is on, lying on the console next to her; She’s shouting at someone. In her hand is fast food, Wrapped in greasy yellowContinue reading “Another Look: The End of the Anthropocene, by Damaris Zehner”

T.S. Eliot: …the dead tree gives no shelter

2020 has pretty much been a wasteland — uncharted territory marked everywhere with signs of death and the potential for despair. When T.S. Eliot wrote “The Wasteland” (edited by his friend Ezra Pound) 100 years ago in the early 1920s, Europe was such a place — lying in waste, devastated by the horrors and destructionContinue reading “T.S. Eliot: …the dead tree gives no shelter”

Wendell Berry: …these were Heavenly

• “…these were Heavenly” by Wendell Berry The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold in theContinue reading “Wendell Berry: …these were Heavenly”

A Blessing for You Today on Your Journey

 A Blessing for You Today on Your Journey • May it be an evening star Shines down upon you May it be when darkness falls Your heart will be true You walk a lonely road Oh, how far you are from home Mornië utúlië (darkness has come) Believe and you will find your way MorniëContinue reading “A Blessing for You Today on Your Journey”

Wendell Berry: To care for what we know

• • • To care for what we know requires care for what we don’t, the world’s lives dark in the soil, dark in the dark. Forbearance is the first care we give to what we do not know. We live by lives we don’t intend, lives that exceed our thoughts and needs, outlast ourContinue reading “Wendell Berry: To care for what we know”

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three

Welcome once again to our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  If you missed it, you might want to check out our list of Cockburn top ten albums in part one and part two. But what about those songs that didn’t make the top ten albums?  Are there any gems in those other albums that you might wantContinue reading “The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three”

Christina Rossetti: A Better Resurrection

A Better Resurrection By Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears; Look right, look left, I dwell alone; I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief No everlasting hills I see; My life is in the fallingContinue reading “Christina Rossetti: A Better Resurrection”

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two

Mike: If you joined us last week,  you would have read about the first five albums in our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  This week we bring you albums six to ten.  I am again joined by my good friend Peter Heath. Peter: It is challenging to capture Bruce Cockburn and his work in a couple ofContinue reading “The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two”