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.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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