Monthly Archives: September 2012

compassion and happiness review

a bunch of ted talks kept me off the streets. so did the rain. i stayed in and sought compassion, expressed in the golden rule. these ted talks, besides giving me an idea of compassion, gave me an idea of … Continue reading

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cag–more final thoughts

my final thoughts, not vanier’s…. well, my not-so-final thoughts on community and growth at the close of september, 2012. what if you’re not in a l’arche-like community, or an intentional community at all? we are all wounded, whether in community … Continue reading

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cag–final(?) thoughts

the paradox: ‘death is a passage which cannot be made in community. it has to be made completely alone.’ we are nothing without community, yet we must ‘accept our essential solitude.’ we are mortal and finite. ‘because our hearts thirst … Continue reading

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cag–celebration

‘forgiveness and celebration are at the heart of community.’ in wealthy cultures, like in north america or western europe, we have forgotten how to celebrate. we applaud, we cheer victors and boo losers.  poor cultures don’t have much, yet they … Continue reading

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friends and enemies

and the winner of the polaris music prize for 2012 is…feist! 2012-09-25 tu strange day. from lows of dental delay and hot coffee spill to highs of fresh clothes from friends and beauty weather for community gardening. serious stuff from … Continue reading

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cag–timeless

time is a problem for many humans. some can’t wait; some procrastinate. restless people ‘can sometimes be so taken up with the future that they find it hard to live in the present…. if life is too regular, they become … Continue reading

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the impulse of love

‘How the starting of an acapella group led to a musical addiction: the joy of making an unexpectedly beautiful sound together.’ brian eno says acapella group singing teaches empathy, exercises the chest, challenges mentally; it produces beauty and satisfaction. in … Continue reading

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2012-jul-sep

(if you’re bothering to read this–and god/dess knows why–you might want to start at the bottom and read up, which is forward in time) what i did this summer 2012 september (continued in regular posts) 21 fr clear skies; pancakes … Continue reading

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cag–come together

meetings are the bane of office work, because they interrupt real work, work as individuals; we meet as a group at the water cooler. but in community, meetings ARE the real work, group work. ‘community life implies a personal commitment … Continue reading

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cag–welcome, reality, and illusions

note: because of my ongoing involvement with out of the cold [ootc], i found this section–especially what he writes about marginal people–very interesting. also, his thoughts on homosexuality and on shaping reality…. welcoming starts with how you perceive the world: … Continue reading

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