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Another year gone

  Another year gone, leaving everywhere its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, the uneaten fruits crumbling damply in the shadows, unmattering back from the particular island of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere except underfoot, moldering in that black subterranean castle of unobservable mysteries – roots and sealed seeds and the wanderings of […]

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Not a crumb

My friends, are you crawling around under the table–like my cat Wesley does–looking for a mere crumb to enjoy? As Mary Oliver points out, shouldn’t joy rather resemble an abundant table, piled high with delicious decadence? Look around and up. What do you see? Joy is not meant to be a crumb. Rachel xo

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Row, row for your life

I culled this poem from Roger Housden‘s collection, “Ten Poems to Open Your Heart,” a great follow up to his “Ten Poems to Change Your Life.” West Wind #2 by Mary Oliver You are young.  So you know everything.  You leap into the boat and begin rowing.  But listen to me.  Without fanfare, without embarrassment, […]

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