Eyes to See the Orange Trees

Eyes to See the Orange Trees

by Guest Blogger June 12, 2018 1 Comment

I remember when the sight of the white doves fluttering around the Seville Cathedral would soothe me with thoughts of world peace, Aphrodite and the Holy Spirit. A dozen years later, I lump the doves in with the pigeons: birds of a feather. . . rats with wings.

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Mother-Woman

Mother-Woman

by Guest Blogger June 08, 2018 1 Comment

I do my best, but sometimes my best is not enough. I can’t sooth one because I’m feeding another; I lose my temper in the tempest of yelling, and add my voice to the chaos. I feed them corndogs instead of cauliflower. 

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The Steady Climb and the Sweetness

The Steady Climb and the Sweetness

by Guest Blogger June 05, 2018 1 Comment

We agree to one rule: we are here together, but we journey alone. I make a personal rule: no breaks, just constant motion. Slow and steady, or even slower and steady – but always steady.

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Why I Write Sad Stories

Why I Write Sad Stories

by Guest Blogger May 31, 2018 6 Comments

Every day seems to unearth yet another story of violence and abuse, repeating the never-ending pattern of the powerful stealing from the disadvantaged their few remaining possessions...But the truth is that you don’t have to do a lot of searching to find the beauty in this world. You just have to have your eyes open.

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A Bird's Voice Calls

A Bird's Voice Calls

by Ruminate Magazine May 29, 2018 4 Comments

We're thrilled to share Madeleine Mysko's essay "A Bird's Voice Calls," which appears in our summer 2018 Issue No. 47: Hauntings.

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Our House Finches

Our House Finches

by Guest Blogger May 29, 2018 4 Comments

When Tim first chose Orthodoxy, I knew he was a heretic. Gently, mind you—I mused as if rescuing a fallen baby finch from our oregano plant beneath the window blind. “There, there, Dear,” I imagined one day saying to him. “Everybody takes faith detours; just glad you got your thinking back in line with mine.”

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Being Ready: The Myth of the Muse

Being Ready: The Myth of the Muse

by Angela Doll Carlson May 24, 2018 1 Comment

I have eaten my weight in words. I have a book deadline, and I’m not at all close to finishing in time. For someone like me, who usually thrives on a deadline, it’s disconcerting. I have not been avoiding the task of writing this latest book, I promise.

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Passport

Passport

by Ruminate Magazine May 23, 2018 13 Comments

We're thrilled to share Ambalila Hemsell's poem "Passport," which appears in our summer 2018 Issue No. 47: Hauntings. 

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Rocks

Rocks

by Guest Blogger May 22, 2018 8 Comments

My children struggle to accept the inevitability of death—I think because it’s so absurd. To be born, to grow and learn and live, only to stop? It might be the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard.

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Testament

Testament

by Guest Blogger May 17, 2018 3 Comments

On this bright midwinter morning, face after face shines with familiarity, including several people who have not crossed my view in years. Whether or not we are currently connected doesn’t matter; even if we knew each other best at 15, that is enough.

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Again and Again

Again and Again

by Renee Long May 15, 2018 3 Comments

One breath. One coin. One baby step. Again and again and again until we turn our heads and see a thousand steps in our rearview––until we see how we’ve changed...It's okay. Tomorrow, we begin again.

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Poems for Mother's Day

Poems for Mother's Day

by Kristin George Bagdanov May 11, 2018

In celebration of mothers and mother figures, we share three poems from past issues of Ruminate.

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In the Refuge of Wings

In the Refuge of Wings

by Guest Blogger May 10, 2018

It was in the final hours of my stay that I felt closest to quiet. The moments of greatest stillness lasted perhaps only seconds. But they seemed to contain and shed grace over the weekend’s more numerous experiences of sticky heat and internal noise and the longing for clarity.

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To Stop and Consider What it Means

To Stop and Consider What it Means

by Guest Blogger May 08, 2018 1 Comment

Someone once told me that when you bite your nails, it means something. It means something bad. That every time you stick your fingers in your mouth, you’re not just enjoying the chewiness of your flesh, the clean peel of the skin, the crisp cut of your nail that clicks down with your teeth. 

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Surprises (Or How I Found Faith Through Music)

Surprises (Or How I Found Faith Through Music)

by Guest Blogger May 03, 2018

A quarter of a century later, now almost the age my mother was when she first led a congregation in song, I found myself poring once more over the music of my childhood, preparing to lead my own congregation in prayer for the first time, during the High Holy days. 

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Interview with Carolyn Mount, Visual Art Editor

Interview with Carolyn Mount, Visual Art Editor

by Guest Blogger May 01, 2018 1 Comment

I need to create, to be creative. Even when work is rejected, even when my work doesn’t reach an audience, even when I don’t even know why I am doing what I am doing, I still have to do it. My best hope is that my work will speak to someone. 

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Stewardship and My Saab

Stewardship and My Saab

by Guest Blogger April 26, 2018 3 Comments

There is a unique feeling I derive from working on my Saab. It isn't necessarily pleasant, nor is it always frustrating, but when my abdomen is cramping from leaning over that engine and my knuckles are sore from tight, sharp places, I can feel my car’s growing pains as it matures in my hands.

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Language of the Heart

Language of the Heart

by Guest Blogger April 24, 2018 2 Comments

As I grew older, the web of my linguistic understanding about my name grew a little thicker and wider. I learned that 語心 (a name my mother had taken care to coin) had to do with understanding the hearts of others—compassion.

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Call & Response

Call & Response

by Guest Blogger April 19, 2018 2 Comments

We never trained him to behave in such a manner; we never rewarded his actions. Rather, Eli implicitly understood that the arrival of an infant in our house indicated some sort of fundamental change.

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Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 46, A Way Through

Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 46, A Way Through

by Kristin George Bagdanov April 17, 2018 3 Comments

The theme for this issue is strategically reserved. It does not reveal the way through or even promise that one exists. Nor does it advise how one should get through a day, a life, or even a poem.

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The Power of a Well-Timed Word

The Power of a Well-Timed Word

by Stefani Rossi April 12, 2018 4 Comments

I make no pretense that this is an easy endeavor. All expressions of love are risks. There is no promise of reciprocity. To genuinely give means offering words without trying to elicit or manipulate a response.

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A Year of No Buying: A First Quarter Report

A Year of No Buying: A First Quarter Report

by Susannah Pratt April 10, 2018 4 Comments

...I want to suggest that the privileged problem of material accumulation is nonetheless still a problem. As Patchett observes in her essay, there is a reason that all major world religions instruct their followers to detach from material things as they seek the divine. 

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Work as Prayer/Prayer as Work

Work as Prayer/Prayer as Work

by Ruminate Magazine April 05, 2018

Carolyn Mount writes: "They live under the kitchen sink or in the basement amongst the paint and shoe polish. Once worn with pride, or used to clean or cover our tender bodies, these rags reveal the strain of routine and labour..."

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The First of April

The First of April

by Guest Blogger April 04, 2018

This is the season of excess: of mud and vast fields, of chattering birds clinging to trees like black leaves. In a few weeks frogs will sing so loudly you will hear them two miles away. Weeds and flowers and grasses will bolt upward, charged by the lengthening light.

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Isaac

Isaac

by Ruminate Magazine April 03, 2018

The lord buckled my mother's knees, made his debutas a meiotic shrugbracketing silver, budding retina. The lord is always surprising women with babies that are meant to die.

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The Stone Nose

The Stone Nose

by Ruminate Magazine April 02, 2018 3 Comments

WHILE WALKING IN A THIN SCATTER of woods the other day, I found a stone nose in the dirt. I would stop to admire this most remarkable sentence, which surely never appeared in the world before, but there I was with a stone nose at my feet; also a phrase that cannot have graced the world all that much, even after millions of statues and billions of feet over the years.

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The Shape of Grief

The Shape of Grief

by Sophfronia Scott March 29, 2018 4 Comments

In the minutes after I learned of Katy’s death, the cold wrapped around my insides so I was shivering even in an overheated room. In the ensuing days I would have to take long showers and sit in hot baths. This sensation of grief is not unfamiliar.

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My Journey with the Bible

My Journey with the Bible

by Guest Blogger March 27, 2018 1 Comment

When I was 15, my brother started to study to become a priest. I knew this meant he had a Bible in his bedroom. So, one quiet afternoon, I waited until he had gone. I snuck into his room, carefully removed his Bible from his bookshelf, and cozied up to it on his bed.

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On Winning the Janet McCabe Poetry Prize

On Winning the Janet McCabe Poetry Prize

by Guest Blogger March 24, 2018 2 Comments

Here is the thing. We all like to win. Winning is awesome. That said, I have found, in adulthood, the high of “winning” doesn’t last very long. Part of it is that writing is a strange love, and once we achieve one goal, we immediately create a new one. 

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Community

Community

by Guest Blogger March 23, 2018 1 Comment

Sometimes, after I have touched my fingers to theirs, a person will offer me more. They offer me their smile, or their name, or their blessing. Old women offer me their cheeks to press against mine. Children offer me their scant phrases of English...

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Seeds of Tomorrow

Seeds of Tomorrow

by Judith Dupree March 15, 2018 6 Comments

The earth, the whole of it, is our garden. Our cross-thatched Eden, a checkerboard of beauty and clutter and devastation. The fertile fields we work and play upon—and litter with our stash of trash and ravish with our wars. Our squash and our squashing.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Meditation

What We Talk About When We Talk About Meditation

by Guest Blogger March 13, 2018 3 Comments

The practice of meditation is a practice of learning not to turn away from the painful, rather to turn toward it with compassion for the pain as well as for yourself. Meditation, like breathing, makes everything else possible. 

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I don’t like writing about writing, but this is overdue

I don’t like writing about writing, but this is overdue

by Guest Blogger March 08, 2018 6 Comments

I think belief is planted below the level of language, so that the words, when they are timely, are like water and sun, and finally the belief flourishes into something I can see and touch and name. Something like, It’s okay if this doesn’t work.

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Grammar Lesson

Grammar Lesson

by Guest Blogger March 06, 2018

The gaps between congregants gave glimpses of ushers with gold plates of crackers and juice. With a sudden rapt interest in church, I tracked their row-by-row progress. When our turn came, Mom passed the plates over my head, taking a double portion from each one.

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Ruminate Roundup: Poetry

Ruminate Roundup: Poetry

by Kristin George Bagdanov March 01, 2018

Ruminate's recent poetry contributors have been busy writing books, and we are featuring them in this post. Take a look at this Ruminate Roundup of the talented writers whose work you might enjoy!

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