Invitation by Mary Oliver

 Oh do you have time to linger for just a little while out of your busy  and very important day for the goldfinches that have gathered in a field of thistles  for a musical battle, to see who can sing the highest note, or the lowest,  or the most expressive of mirth, or the most tender? Their strong, blunt beaks drink the air  as they strive melodiously not for your sake and not for mine  and not for the sake of...

Pay Attention

I recently ran into a Mary Oliver quote that struck a deep chord: Instructions for living a life:Pay attention.Be astonished.Tell about it. (excerpt from Sometimes by Mary Oliver) I know that people who engage in magical thinking would believe that the quote appeared because I needed to read it at that particular time. Actually, I suspect that I simply noticed it because I needed to read it. (I’m familiar with the poem and had read over those...

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