When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives. — Fred Rogers
You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem. — Helen Vendler (via theparisreview)
Two sisters smile outside of a mosque in Brooklyn on Eid al-Fitr.
There are so many varied and unique stories of Ramadan, it’s hard not to be joyful.
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A woman and a girl wash at a tap at a temporary displacement camp set up next to a Kurdish checkpoint on June 13, 2014 in Kalak, Iraq. Found this photo while editing Jeffrey Kaplan’s piece on the Sunni-Shi’itie showdown, "The Iraqi Fall of Saigon?"
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The Native American triad of corn, beans, and squash together, produce more than they ever could alone. The beauty of this truth can be applied to human communities as well. As I’ve been learning in my Permaculture Design Course, we can create people guilds too. We all have different strengths to contribute, and by carefully building our communities so every individual is able to both give and receive what they need to thrive, we create more than we ever could alone.
— Heather Christensen, from this prompting essay on permaculture and polarization.
In one way or another, every wisdom tradition I know says that what we need is here. It’s just a matter of opening our eyes and appreciating what I call ‘secrets hidden in plain sight.’ But we can’t do that when we’re obsessing about the past or the future, or about what we don’t have, or allowing a thousand distractions to prevent us from noticing the gift of ‘here and now.’ — Parker Palmer, from "What We Need Is Here"
Geologist Bill Simpson cleans Sue, a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois with a pink feather duster. Sue is the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. Rex ever discovered
A little humor for your Wednesday, found in preparation for this week’s show on the evolution of the science-religion debate.
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Happened upon this utterly joyful photograph by Fabiana Zonca while looking for a lead image for Parker Palmer’s post "What You Need Is Here." The photographer’s caption is quite endearing too:
"You are my hero!!!
This little girl was lovely and full of life: she could not help herself but laughing and running around. She was happy as only a kid can be! And when her father hugged her she made this fantastic gesture as to hold in her hands not only his face but her love for him. Irresistibly sweet!!”
Sir Ian McKellan holds up his hand during a photocall for the documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So, a film that told the story of Bishop Gene Robinson.
By all accounts, this image depicts a very ordinary moment. Yet there’s something about it that is so evocative of the tension between the inner struggle and the public life of Gene Robinson, who in 2003, became the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
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