Yes, that’s Nadia Bolz-Weber signing our On Being poster, pastoring Krista Tippett with some hair care encouragement on this humid Minnesota afternoon. What a pleasure to have her visit our Loring Park abode!
The Internet mirrors, magnifies, and makes more visible the good, bad, and ugly of everyday life. — danah boyd, in It’s Complicated
I think part of the challenge of High Holy Days is to, at some point during the hours and hours and hours that we spend really trying to focus our hearts and our minds over High Holy Days, to bring people to one momentary understanding of the fragility of life. But to take that and to leave with a commitment to live a life in which they’re able to transform themselves and their relationships and the world, knowing that every day they have might be their last. — Rabbi Sharon Brous, from "Days of Awe"
My colleague Roger Penrose once said that there are at least three worlds and three mysteries. One is the physical world. You know, this is the world where we exist. There are chairs, tables, there are stars, there are galaxies, and so on. Then there is a second world, which is the world of our consciousness, if you like. You know, a mental world, a world where — this is where we love, where we hate, you know, and so on. All our thoughts are there and so on. And then there is the third world, which is this world of mathematical forms. This is the world where all of mathematics is there. You know, the theorem of Pythagoras and so on and so forth, all this imaginary numbers and all that. So these are the three worlds. And now come these three mysteries. One mystery is that somehow, out of the physical world, our world of consciousness has emerged. — The physicist Mario Livio in Who Ordered This?
Precious those little hidden lakelets of knowledge in the high mountains, far removed from the vulgar eye, only visited by the soaring birds of love. —
Pulled this fab quote from Andreana Lefton’s post on “Letters to the Living.” Great read.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. — Maya Angelou
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. — Percy Shelly
If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone. — Husain Abdullah, free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and a practicing Muslim who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration for bowing in prayer after intercepting Tom Brady on Sunday. Funny, I don’t remember Tim Tebow getting penalized…
When the rabbi’s words are too obscure
for my child’s mind,
I reach for your tallis.
I find patience in each thread,
and weave the melodies into them.
Journeying to sacred places on each strand,
my fingers braid the tassels.
Crisscrossing them into paths
that carry me across ancient desert sands.
They bring a quiet contentment,
moments of gentle peace between us. — Anita Getzler, from this breathtaking meditation on memory and grief for the High Holy Days.
Improvisation is the highest form of art. — Daniel Barenboim, conductor
You should focus on being more interested, than more interesting. — John W. Gardner
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise — William Blake, quoted in our upcoming show with public intellectual for the millennial generation, Nathan Schneider.