December 15th, 2006

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Good Morning!

 I woke this morning thinking about the orange, and how oranges are abundantly stacked in the supermarket for us.  I chose to imagine what it would be like to have only one a year.

The Orange


Today I am going to choose an orange,

sit down and cut it open

as though it arrived in the toe of my Christmas stocking,

one day a year.


For some, it was the only gift

and it was enough, that orange treasured

in the stocking hung with care, arriving

as a harbinger of winter cheer.   


When I bite in, juice squirts,

sweet, not like a star burst

but true to the tree it came from,

the soil, the leaves.


It says, “Taste my home, the flesh

of then and now moved here for you

to tighten your gums

and give you something to chew.”


I move in, as though to hunt,

and capture this Orange gathered and chosen

to come to my home

and journey through me, digest a change of form.




the day still indeterminate as to clear or gray

a moment of not knowing -

a chance to play  -

for me,  I make it prehistory

and exit from my cave.


May your day flow through time, and may an orange enjoy sliding through your throat, tummy, and intestines and back outside.  

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Jane's poem for today -

A day on, not a day off

is how my company urges us to celebrate
Martin Luther King day.
They have a website with a scrolling list.
You choose from all the ways to give your time-
diversity, the environment, education, the homeless
all had pull for me.
I  chose hunger.

I’m not a cook.
My son doesn’t remember me
for my great meals.
Eating when he was little was
straight from the garden
or something quick I fixed
between my morning job and evening job.

But feeding people seems so clear.

If they would have had the choice of listening
sitting with the newly arrived
the soon to leave
I would have picked that too.  


       - Jane Ann Flint
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A repeat poem -

The Stillpoint
by Haven Trevino

The pendulum swings to and fro
From darkness to light
From sickness to health
From goodness to evil
And back again.
It’s enough to make anyone confused.
The sage has found the stillpoint
Remaining neutral
She teaches by living a simple
honest life;
She creates by allowing,
She feeds without forcing,
And gives by receiving.
She heals by perceiving
One’s inner wholeness,
Then lets go.
Because she lets go,
She’s always in touch.





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Cultivate interest -

So many things fail to interest us, simply because they don’t find in us enough surfaces on which to live, and what we have to do then is to increase the number of planes in our mind, so that a much larger number of themes can find a place in it at the same time.

Ortega y Gasset

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A River Runs Through It!

If you have not read this book, it is well worth doing so.

MY FATHER WAS very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation – come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easily.

- Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It