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Salt

  I’ve been reading Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It begins in ancient China, documenting how this mineral, which is necessary to human life, also became one of the first forms of currency and one of the first economic commodities, allowing people to preserve and transport food. In today’s Office of Readings is […]

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Inland

INLAND People that build their houses inland, People that buy a plot of ground Shaped like a house, and build a house there, Far from the sea-board, far from the sound Of water sucking the hollow ledges, Tons of water striking the shore — What do they long for, as I long for One salt […]

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Questions for Picture Study

1. What colors do you see? Do you see red? orange? yellow? green? blue? purple? black? white? brown? pink? 2. Do you see straight lines? Do you see curves? 3. What shapes do you see? Can you find any triangles? Circles? Rectangles? Squares? Ovals? 4. What textures do you see? Rough or smooth? Fuzzy or […]

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Why the Passion?

“But why the passion? Why pain and suffering? Is God so vindictive that he must inflict pain and suffering on those who follow him? The answer lies not in God’s will but in the world in which we live and try to follow his will. Christ’s life and suffering were redemptive; his ‘apostolate’ in the […]

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The Inadequacy of Words

  Reading notes on a section of God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel, the section titled: “The Disparity of Experience and Expression”. I’m having fun reading Heschel alongside one of my favorite poem sequences ever, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. All unattributed quotes are from the Heschel. “. . […]

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