What Death Teaches Us About Living

What Death Teaches Us About Living

by Guest Blogger February 08, 2018

While preparing for the eventual loss of loved ones, we might spend time wondering if there are certain things we want to tell them. We might reflect on their roles in our lives, and how life will be after they depart. Being by someone’s deathbed might also lend itself to contemplation, and musings that we may not normally think about at any other time.

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On Masculinity

On Masculinity

by Aaron Brown February 01, 2018 1 Comment

That is what I’m after—a restorative, not restrictive, maleness. This has been my prayer over the last year—long before the headlines of masculine failure flashed across our screens—a simple and direct prayer: Lord, what is in me that is not of you, rid me of it.

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Why It Takes a Village (Not a City) to Raise a Child

Why It Takes a Village (Not a City) to Raise a Child

by Guest Blogger January 09, 2018

I think what’s hard about cities is how we isolate ourselves in these constructed bubbles. We sound-proof our world, wearing headphones as we walk through the streets so we don’t have to talk to anyone....No one just sits on the streets to watch the world go by. No one has the time for that. So, I miss that about the village.

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Mystery and Befuddlement in Jae Newman’s Collage of Seoul

Mystery and Befuddlement in Jae Newman’s Collage of Seoul

by Guest Blogger November 28, 2017

Collage of Seoul begins with words we do not hear, words meant only for God. From the start, we know these poems will be both personal and private. Part of the mystery here is the deep mystery of another’s life and heart. Then, the shadow of the plane in the trees gestures toward the mysterious presence of God, and, as the poet wrestles with God, “there’s comfort in the fading echo,” he says, “the tail of the plane vanishing / into layers of mysterious clouds.” 

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Talking About Love

Talking About Love

by Sophfronia Scott November 16, 2017 2 Comments

When the worst has happened, when your life seems irretrievably shattered and nothing makes sense, then here’s what you can do: CHOOSE. You can choose love. You can choose to see love at work in your life. You can choose to act out of that love. You can choose to have love sustain you.

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Coming Together: On Neighbors, Fences, and Moments

Coming Together: On Neighbors, Fences, and Moments

by Judith Dupree November 07, 2017 3 Comments

Who, existentially, is my neighbor, and what does it imply, or not, in my larger life beyond my front porch? Do I owe something more than I have given to this unfathomable, unreasonable world? Do I gain something more than I have wanted, or ever missed?

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Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 44, Small

Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 44, Small

by Kristin George Bagdanov October 03, 2017 4 Comments

Smallness can be the glitch in the system, the wrench in the machine. It can also be a line of poetry that reconfigures how we see the world. An image that unlocks something new. The poems in this issue explore the many implications and iterations of small...

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Traveling with Trauma: How I Never Saw the Night Sky

Traveling with Trauma: How I Never Saw the Night Sky

by Guest Blogger September 26, 2017 2 Comments

The founder of the orphanage, the Home of Hope, asked the girls what they wanted me to teach them, and one of them said, “To speak in English and to laugh in English.” To laugh in English. If that meant lightheartedness, humility of language, and levity, I couldn’t even remember for myself, let alone teach anyone how. 

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On Failure

On Failure

by Catherine Hervey September 12, 2017 17 Comments

I’m pretty sure there are some of us whose lives don’t work that way ─ people for whom failure seems less a painful moment on a journey and more the destination itself, or sometimes, for me, like the place I’ve been living all my life, wandering in loose circles with my eyes squeezed shut so I can imagine I’m somewhere, anywhere else.

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A Playlist for the Death of Dreams: Lament as Necessary First Steps

A Playlist for the Death of Dreams: Lament as Necessary First Steps

by Stefani Rossi August 17, 2017 1 Comment

How can we welcome this place called Here—this unyielding stranger that bears no resemblance to the future we had dreamed? What I know to be true is that profound beginnings often have their start in places that appear void, formless, parched, and foreign.

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Review of One Ordinary Sunday:  A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass, by Paula Huston

Review of One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass, by Paula Huston

by Guest Blogger August 14, 2017

The book is no mere introduction to Catholic worship for outsiders; it is a piece of spiritual autobiography that invites us into the vulnerable moments of reflection, resistance, reawakening, and simple rejoicing that occur on “an ordinary Sunday” in the course of the Mass. 

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Issue 43: Opening the Door

Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 43, Opening the Door

by Kristin George Bagdanov July 14, 2017 1 Comment

I’ve always loved the etymology of kindness, which comes from kin—those to whom we are bound by choice or genealogy. And yet I often find kindness is most difficult to practice with my family—those who have witnessed just how unkind I can be.

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The Physicality of Things

The Physicality of Things

by Guest Blogger May 23, 2017 3 Comments

I’ve spent much of my adulthood astonished by what I was supposed to learn in school but didn’t or forgot. The earth’s mantle, stardust and the miraculous heart, which pumps two thousand gallons of blood every day. Did God make me forgetful of the body and the earth or is forgetting my sin, a feature of the fall?

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Creative Lives Part 4

Creative Lives Part 4

by Guest Blogger May 19, 2017 1 Comment

I'm thrilled that they've allowed us to share their conversation with you in this series titled "Creative Lives." You can read part 1, part 2, and part 3 here. Part 4 begins in November of 2016, after a sobering election day. Julie and Melissa ask the question: what does it mean to create in the midst of a broken world?

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How Can We Be Silent?

How Can We Be Silent?

by Gyasi Byng March 28, 2017

I’ve been thinking about silence. What role should silence play in our everyday lives? What should be a Christian’s relationship to quiet? Personally, I thrive on silence. Noise and chatter are grating to me. Quiet is therapeutic. When I sit still, be quiet, and remain silent, I’m able to sort through the chaos of my thoughts...

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Magnificat

Magnificat

by April Vinding December 19, 2016 1 Comment

We sing Mary’s song in the gloaming. We chant at vespers or evensong, the slipping shift between day and night, when those with companions are snug or busy and grateful for the coming quiet, and those of us without find the chapel hollow and begin to fear the coming dark. Beside us sit all the loves we’ve lost, by our own devices or those of others.

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Embracing the Body and What the Body Knows

Embracing the Body and What the Body Knows

by Guest Blogger December 18, 2016 1 Comment

ALL THAT HE HAD MADE (all) was very good. These are not complicated words, and yet for many centuries, it seems, we have failed to receive them. Cautioned by New Testament exhortations, we’ve assumed the Genesis writer’s generosity and inclusion of every part of creation to be poetic device, quietly maintaining that...

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Notes on Giving a Live Reading: How an Essay Comes to Life

Notes on Giving a Live Reading: How an Essay Comes to Life

by Sophfronia Scott September 01, 2016

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The Caring Bridge: Cancer and the Meaning of Battles

The Caring Bridge: Cancer and the Meaning of Battles

by Angela Doll Carlson August 25, 2016

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People of the Tomb

People of the Tomb

by Guest Blogger August 04, 2016

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Prologue: On Heights & Hunger

Prologue: On Heights & Hunger

by Joshua MacIvor-Andersen July 21, 2016

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Pursuing the Intersections: How to Be Published; How to Be Real

Pursuing the Intersections: How to Be Published; How to Be Real

by April Vinding July 14, 2016

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Absence and Abundance: Reclaiming Home After the Loss of a Spouse

Absence and Abundance: Reclaiming Home After the Loss of a Spouse

by Ruminate Magazine June 23, 2016

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Notes from the Autism Spectrum, Part I: Alienation and Symbol

Notes from the Autism Spectrum, Part I: Alienation and Symbol

by Daniel Bowman Jr. June 16, 2016

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