The Beauty of Complexity

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard's Pulitzer Prize winning book (1975), she writes the following: The point of the dragonfly's terrible lip, the giant water bug, birdsong, or the beautiful dazzle and flash of sunlighted minnows, is not that it all fits together like clockwork--for it doesn't ....--but that it all flows so freely wild, …

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Transcendentalism, Nature, and Concord

About a year and a half ago I remember having what can only be described as a really good day. Now, if those superlatives don't exactly bowl you over, it's simply because nothing truly spectacular happened; I was just able to look back at the end of the day and realize how incredibly refreshing it …

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Poetry: Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”

  First of all, can we just acknowledge how cool Walt Whitman looks? I mean, like the original mountaineer hipster guy. Okay good, glad you agree. I first came across Whitman in college quite by accident. I honestly can't remember how I found his poem "Song of the Open Road," but it was while compiling …

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El Salvador: People and Places (and links to a couple recipes)

I have been a bad blogger the last week or so. Things got busy, and I never really sat down to spend time sharing literature or travels here in El Salvador. Forgive me. But I'm here now! First of all, a couple weekends ago my friend Fernando and I ventured out to La Puerta del …

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El Salvador: Día del Niño and Grand Views

Although officially Día del Niño is observed on October 1st, students at my school celebrated with half day of school on Friday, September 30. The half day was filled with food, games, and a spectacular performance from the seniors. It was really amazing to watch them band together in rehearsal (okay, I only saw one rehearsal) …

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Poetry Wednesday: “God’s Grandeur”

Sometimes "religious" poem smacks of over-sentimentality. In that case, this isn't a religious poem. Gerald Manley Hopkins is a master with words, a Victorian poet who reminds us of the "bright wings" of the world. And check out the reading by Stanley Kunitz, another poet. [Note: For some reason I was having difficulty with the …

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