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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.
I sat beside her bed and saw a stranger and realized I had fallen asleep. While I was asleep, something had happened. The woman I knew who cooked three meals a day, who sewed all my clothes as a young girl and then taught me to sew, who polished hardwood floors on her hands and knees, who served as sacristan at our church — ironing fair linen and polishing chalices — who still put clothes out to dry on a clothesline and ironed sheets, who preserved vegetables from the garden — that woman was gone. In her place was another who had vacant eyes and hands that fell uselessly by her side and were empty of all occupation and all strength and all purpose. The woman I knew as my mother was gone.
- Gloria Jean Bubba, from this meditation on the grief and the loss that comes slowly from losing her mother to Alzheimer’s disease.
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Being a full human being has a lot to do with suffering.
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BJ Miller, executive director of the Zen Hospice Project at the UCSF Medical Center

A triple amputee, this doctor’s story is one to be read and admired as he brings new approaches to the palliative care field.

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What comes to mind when you think of home?

Check out the first Your Audio Selfie vignettes from our producers and come record your own audio selfie tomorrow night at our studios.

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Going to be in Minneapolis this Saturday? Stop by On Being on Loring Park and catch this phenomenal performance by Ragamala Dance: “Honoring Tagore: Sacred Earth.” It’s part of the Northern Spark festival and it’s free. If you want a seat, I’d highly recommend that you RSVP.

Going to be in Minneapolis this Saturday? Stop by On Being on Loring Park and catch this phenomenal performance by Ragamala Dance: “Honoring Tagore: Sacred Earth.” It’s part of the Northern Spark festival and it’s free. If you want a seat, I’d highly recommend that you RSVP.

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"You don’t want to write out of habit, you want to write out of necessity."

-Charles Wright, the new U.S. Poet Laureate

(via newshour)

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We cannot write well or truly but what we write with gusto. The body, the senses must conspire with the spirit — Expression is the act of the whole man. That our speech may be vascular — intellect is powerless to express thought without the aid of the heart and liver and of every member — Often I feel that my head stands out too dry — when it should be immersed. A writer, a man writing is the scribe of all nature — he is the corn and the grass and the atmosphere of writing.
- Henry David Thoreau, in a journal entry dated September 2, 1851.
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"Learn by heart the forms to be found in nature, so that you can use them like notes in a musical composition. That is what these forms are for. Nature is a marvelous chaos, and it is our job and our duty to bring order into that chaos and — to perfect it. Leave it to others to puzzle over old books on geometry or the problems of higher mathematics. We are going to enjoy the forms we see before our eyes."
— Max Beckmann, “Drei Briefe an Eine Malerin” (1948)

(Photo of a woman looking at Max Beckmann paintings at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

"Learn by heart the forms to be found in nature, so that you can use them like notes in a musical composition. That is what these forms are for. Nature is a marvelous chaos, and it is our job and our duty to bring order into that chaos and — to perfect it. Leave it to others to puzzle over old books on geometry or the problems of higher mathematics. We are going to enjoy the forms we see before our eyes."

— Max Beckmann, “Drei Briefe an Eine Malerin” (1948)

(Photo of a woman looking at Max Beckmann paintings at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

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smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Cows in the Afternoon
Photography by Mina Delic (Senta, Serbia and Montenegro); Novi Pazar, Serbia

How can a kid from the prairie resist reblogging this?

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Cows in the Afternoon

Photography by Mina Delic (Senta, Serbia and Montenegro); Novi Pazar, Serbia

How can a kid from the prairie resist reblogging this?

Tagged: #photography
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theantidote:

Yoko Kanno & Aoi Teshima - A Little Because

An exquisite short piece of music, perfect soundtrack for a quiet afternoon.

(via dramarathon:)

Tagged: #music #Japan
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There are some songs that just break your heart. This live performance of “The World Unseen” (from this week’s show with Rosanne Cash) is one of those songs.

Beautiful.

The first line, “I’m the sparrow on the roof,” is from the Psalms. And in the last few months of my dad’s life, I read Psalms — the Psalms to him. And I don’t think I ever realized how poetic the Psalms were. And then this line about being a sparrow on the roof just killed me. So after my dad died, I wanted to start the song that way. 

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Ever wondered what transcendence looks like?
This gorgeous moment came up in an image search for “creeds.” She’s dancing with a group of druids, pagans and revellers at a winter solstice ceremony at Stonehenge.
Reminds me of this well-loved piece we published on paganism in Ireland.
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Ever wondered what transcendence looks like?

This gorgeous moment came up in an image search for “creeds.” She’s dancing with a group of druids, pagans and revellers at a winter solstice ceremony at Stonehenge.

Reminds me of this well-loved piece we published on paganism in Ireland.

(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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"The Church Trap" at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. An old church-shaped structure is poised to catch people sitting in its pews or playing its organ.
A perfect image to lead Martin Marty’s piece on how Christians exaggerate their attendance at church when talking to surveyors on the phone rather than when taking an online poll.
Photo by Mack Reed

"The Church Trap" at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. An old church-shaped structure is poised to catch people sitting in its pews or playing its organ.

A perfect image to lead Martin Marty’s piece on how Christians exaggerate their attendance at church when talking to surveyors on the phone rather than when taking an online poll.

Photo by Mack Reed

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All others talked as if
talk were a dance.
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Denise Levertov, from "Caedmon"

Thanks to Phip Ross for sending me this lovely poem.

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The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
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Eden Phillpotts, “A Shadow Passes.”

A listener shared this quote (commonly misattributed to W. B. Yeats) inspired by our show with social psychologist Ellen Langer.

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To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
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W.E.B. Du Bois, from The Souls of Black Folk

A powerful opening to an important book. 

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