vol. 9, num. 24 :: 2010.12.31 — 2011.01.13
For some, the turning over of the calendar is an opportunity to embrace a transition to something new, while for others, major life changes don’t follow the calendar year quite so neatly. This issue features stories of newness: new places, new people, new jobs, new limitations, new identities and more.
Learning to be at peace in all circumstances from a matriarch's example.
On learning how to be present in each moment of every year of life.
On learning to take a break without fear.
An account of a mysterious disappearance from a member of Herod's army.
An unexpected lesson in learning to pray through the fear of loss.
On making space for transition in our New Year's resolutions.
For better and for worse, some things never change.
A reflection on the one-year anniversary of a major injury.
A move to Pennsylvania from Michigan inspires a meaningful mix CD.
Ten things I have unsuccessfully willed myself to do (or not do).
On discovering that perfectly imperfect someone.
Stories of people forced to let go of their firmly held beliefs.
Samantha Curley on Yael Naim’s music video about self-discovery.
Aiden Enns on the origins and inefficient ambitions of Geez Magazine.
Announcing a 2011 commitment to create a poem an issue.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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