Q:Our Sunday's get started in bed with our eyes closed listening, conjuring and celebrating with "On Being" with Krista Tippett. This is our grounding for the week ahead. Last week we could not find it on our home station WBEZ, Chicago, and we have been terribly distressed. What happened? Where are you? Rogene and Larry Kirkegaard
Dear Rogene and Larry—
Thank you so much for writing. We are distressed, as you are, that WBEZ has stopped carrying On Being.
We love our Chicago listeners. The best thing you can do is let Chicago Public Media know you listen and that you care; write WBEZ directly or give them a call at 312-948-4600 — and encourage others who listen to On Being to do the same (via Facebook or Tumblr, email or Twitter).
We are grateful to you for taking the time to ask.
Very best regards,
Krista Tippett, host
Thich Nhat Hanh, Tornadoes, and Being Present in the Moment
by Joe DePlasco, guest contributor
This past Sunday, I had the great pleasure of sitting next to Mary Emeny at a dinner in Amarillo, Texas where we were showing highlights of Ken Burns’ upcoming film, The Dust Bowl. Mary, I later learned, is prominent in the arts and environmental communities in Amarillo. When I asked someone else at the table what Mary did, she responded, “She makes Amarillo worth living in for the rest of us.”
During our chat, Mary spoke about her trips to Vietnam as a young woman and, specifically, her work with Buddhist monks there on behalf of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk. (Vietnam came up because Ken Burns is working on a film about the war in Vietnam.)
Skate to where the puck’s going, not where it’s been. We’ve got to skate to where the audience is going.
I think we talk too much about how poetry can get to the edge of the sayable, can take us back and take us beyond what can be said. I love poetry, because it gives me the concrete. It gives me concrete experience and it helps me to understand my experience.
—Christian Wiman, from his interview on Moyers & Company
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor