Posts Tagged "Poetry"

Poem: Her Secret Garden

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 in General | Comments Off on Poem: Her Secret Garden

Poem: Her Secret Garden

February 14th, 2013 Her Secret Garden Today a woman said that EarthLinks was her secret garden, after finishing the novel by Frances Burnett. I like to think that she found rhythm and reason when the novel came to a close, on her poorly lit bunk bed in the frenzied shelter. The text inching up the bed frame, like hearty beans scrambling up a trellis, calling to the sun. I like to think that she shut her eyes in exhaustion, yet rested in the sanctuary of a place that calls her by name, knows her worth, and asks her to arrive without expectation or perfection. And when she does arrive, she...

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“Teach us and show us the way”

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 in General | Comments Off on “Teach us and show us the way”

“Teach us and show us the way”

During a recent workshop, our community listened to and reflected on a Chinook blessing litany. The litany looked around and asked everything–the mountains, wildlife, water and trees–to Teach us, and show us the way. Different members of our community reflected on this by talking about caring for our environment, being open to new learning, and specific things we can learn from our natural surroundings. One participant who has been in the Workshop Program for several years spoke about a powerful, natural learning experience he had last year. He began by reciting from memory one...

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Reflecting on the New Year

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 in General | Comments Off on Reflecting on the New Year

Reflecting on the New Year

Often, a poem strikes me alongside the head or plucks a string just right in my heart and I close my eyes in thankfulness. The EarthLinks community has shared poetry during our morning reflections this past year, which has moved people to tears and proclamations of joy. The spoken word names us where we are and challenges us to identify our grief, happiness, courage, delight, and fear. Naturally, a poem reflecting on the year’s end at the hinge of a new year is particularly heart solidifying. I found this gem in a compilation of poetry from the Writer’s Almanac: Now the seasons are closing...

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Homegrown Tomatoes

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in General | Comments Off on Homegrown Tomatoes

Homegrown Tomatoes

There’s only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and home grown tomatoes. -Guy Clark, “Homegrown Tomatoes” In gardening, the first indication of red associated with any variety of tomato plant is a symbol of the transition between anticipated potential and bountiful harvest. The shift from dull green to bright red is at the crux of transformation. We delightfully inform you that the Earthlinks’ Peace Garden has produced its first red, ripe, and wholeheartedly delicious tomato of the season! During Workshop last Thursday, I pulled back the branches to find a...

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Reflections from the EarthLinks Workshop

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 in Programs | Comments Off on Reflections from the EarthLinks Workshop

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning before our work begins, the EarthLinks community — participants, staff, and volunteers — comes together in the workshop to spend some time in group reflection. Reflections are often led by participants themselves, bringing poetry, readings from Earth-conscious authors, or participants’ life experiences. Through this reflection, community is grown, perspective is gained, and wisdom is shared. Check back here often for more reflections from the EarthLinks Workshop. This week’s reflection focused on the breathtaking and...

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