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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.
Buttercup walk by Alex J White. Inspired by this poem from Willow Harth.
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Cherry blossoms in Ueno.

Cherry blossoms in Ueno.

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usagov:

It’s spring! The magnolias are in bloom on the Capitol grounds.
Photo by the Architect of the Capitol

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

usagov:

It’s spring! The magnolias are in bloom on the Capitol grounds.

Photo by the Architect of the Capitol

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Cycles of Life and Daffodils Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer

"Last year at this time, I passed this field of daffodils every day going to visit my aunt who was dying. As the spring progressed and the first shoots of the daffodils appeared, I saw the changes each day riding by as the buds appeared. The flowers bloomed and then, of course, finished their amazing show and vanished back into the earth. She died soon after.
The field once again turned to a level green field of grass. This year I’ve been taking the same daily ride, but this time for my uncle. The  daffodils were back this year in all their glory. The cycle and our journey continues.”

We received this touching photo and reflection from Ruth Govatos in Wilmington, Delaware in response to our call-out for pictures on how you are spiritually nourished by gardening and growing things from the soil. Share your photos with us.

Cycles of Life and Daffodils
Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer

"Last year at this time, I passed this field of daffodils every day going to visit my aunt who was dying. As the spring progressed and the first shoots of the daffodils appeared, I saw the changes each day riding by as the buds appeared. The flowers bloomed and then, of course, finished their amazing show and vanished back into the earth. She died soon after.

The field once again turned to a level green field of grass. This year I’ve been taking the same daily ride, but this time for my uncle. The daffodils were back this year in all their glory. The cycle and our journey continues.”

We received this touching photo and reflection from Ruth Govatos in Wilmington, Delaware in response to our call-out for pictures on how you are spiritually nourished by gardening and growing things from the soil. Share your photos with us.

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Spring Growth Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer
"symbiosis"by Dorothee Lang
in between tulip bulbsthe question:am i growing this gardenor is this gardengrowing me?

We received this poem and lovely tulip photos from Dorothee Lang, a writer and editor in Stuttgart, Germany who responded to our call for images and stories about the spirituality of gardening.
Spring is still in its infancy and we’re eager to hear from more of you. How are you spiritually nourished by growing things from the soil? What do you learn from tending to your garden plot that you carry forward into your lived life? Send us images of gardens you’ve nourished. Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to feature your contributions on this blog.

Spring Growth
Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer

"symbiosis"
by Dorothee Lang
in between tulip bulbs
the question:
am i growing this garden
or is this garden
growing me?

We received this poem and lovely tulip photos from Dorothee Lang, a writer and editor in Stuttgart, Germany who responded to our call for images and stories about the spirituality of gardening.

Spring is still in its infancy and we’re eager to hear from more of you. How are you spiritually nourished by growing things from the soil? What do you learn from tending to your garden plot that you carry forward into your lived life? Send us images of gardens you’ve nourished. Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to feature your contributions on this blog.

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Harmonizing Kitka and the Cocteau Twins

Mitch Hanley, Senior Producer

Last week when I was going through this week’s program with Vigen Guroian, I was listening to some of the choral music for the first time in two years. Later that evening, I put on an old Cocteau Twins CD, Heaven or Las Vegas (which must have been on my mind since SOF had recently been picked up by KNPR in Las Vegas!), and I was struck how some of the lush harmonies were seemingly reminiscent of some of the Orthodox Russian repertoire, or at least Kitka’s Bulgarian folk styling of Nikolai Kedrov’s Otche Nash — “The Lord’s Prayer” in Russian.

"The Lord’s Prayer" performed by Kitka and composed by Nikolai Kedrov

The harmonies in both of these pieces are saturated and lush, and I could swim in them for hours.

For all of you CT fans, I know there may be better examples, so what tune, if any, would you have suggested? “Iceblink Luck” always reminds me of spring and little daffodils popping up everywhere, and I am really ready for that up here in Minneapolis. Also, another spring/flower reference, kitka means “blossom” in Bulgarian. So, here is the pairing, back to back.

"Iceblink Luck" by Cocteau Twins

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