Tag Archives: Emerson

Day 319: Reposition

I think I’ve probably quoted Emerson enough over the past 45 weeks, so I will leave it to you to find the “life only avails” passage on your own–but once again, I find myself reflecting on the wonders of “becoming,” … Continue reading

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Day 295: Enact

I was wandering through the library stacks today. Actually, it was my first time in the stacks of my new library. I had about a half hour until a talk I was supposed to attend, so I thought I would … Continue reading

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Day 186: Undo

Just a short post on the impermanence of all things–and just how ordinary an experience that can be. Earlier this year, I was focusing quite a bit on trying to “dedicate” spaces around the house to a more intentional sense … Continue reading

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Day 159: Trim

I’ve been thinking about “the wind” today…. There’s a passage in Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” where he draws upon a metaphor from sailing: The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a … Continue reading

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Day 140: Trudge

Today is just a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other kind of day. I’ve yanked down another twenty books–I’ve cleared half of the bookshelf I wanted to empty out…and with each book I take town, the harder it gets. I also tackled another closet–a mish-mash … Continue reading

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Day 21: Query

Perhaps it’s my Concord upbringing coming through once again, but I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from Emerson’s writings over the years. But the more I have read of Emerson, and the more I have learned of the Quakers, the … Continue reading

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Day 8: Listen

After two extra days of kids at home, everyone is back to their hurried morning schedules. As I suspected, it’s been a lot more of a challenge to keep it simple and take time for quiet. Still, I managed to … Continue reading

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