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Veterans Day

As a pacifist, I don’t know what to do about Veterans Day. On this year’s November 11, I drove down the main street of a town that is home to a naval air station. Five days earlier I’d travelled that same route the opposite direction on my way to a writing workshop. That morning, winds had gusted at 35-45 miles per hour and whipped the American flags that lined the street in a wild dance. …See More
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Book Review: “Miracle Motors—A Pert Near True Story"

Some people go to the woods or the mountains to encounter the Divine. They seek the quiet to listen for the “still, small voice.” Peggy Senger Morrison, though, has some of her best conversations with God while driving a Kawasaki motorcycle named Rosie. She writes about…See More
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Iris Graville commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Inward Activism—Outward Prayer'
"Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Jim.  I especially appreciate this:  “My view is that the contemplative life has its own integrity and fullness; it does not need to be 'balanced' or 'woven into' other…"
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Jim Wilson commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Inward Activism—Outward Prayer'
"I enjoyed this thoughtful post.  There is much to contemplate in it and I benefited from reading it.  A few comments: My overall impression is that there is a view that those who take a contemplative approach that does not include a…"
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Iris Graville commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Inward Activism—Outward Prayer'
"Thanks, Connie. I appreciate hearing about your experience of activism and contemplation not being in conflict - your “if in right order” idea is key, I think.  I, too, appreciate the practical examples that Tom and Chris shared;…"
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Connie Bair-Thompson commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Inward Activism—Outward Prayer'
"Thank you for this!  I was given a message in worship recently on how, if in right order, activism and contemplation are not in conflict at all.  The practical examples you've shared speak to me and I intend to see if I can work some…"
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Inward Activism—Outward Prayer

Every morning before I unroll my yoga mat, I have to resist the urge to go online to check the headlines in the New York Times. I catch myself creeping toward the email in- box before I settle into my rocker for a time of meditative journaling. It’s as if I’m on both ends of a tug-of-war rope, pushed and pulled by inward and outward action. It’s not a new struggle for me; I wrote about it here three years ago in my post …See More
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Writing the Quotidian

Quotidian.  I read that word in an essay I critiqued during my first semester in my MFA in writing program. I had to look it up.  Ironically, it’s a fancy word for something that’s not, well, very fancy.  Here’s how the New Oxford American Dictionary defines it: quotidian |kwōˈtidēən|adjective [ attrib. ]of or occurring every day; daily : the car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic.ordinary or everyday, esp. when mundane : his story is…See More
4th month 19, 2013
Iris Graville posted a blog post

Design Flaws

On a recent New Yorker podcast, writer Tony Earley read and discussed Robert Maxwell's short story, "Love."  It’s not what you think. Well, the story is about love, the love of a young boy for his fifth-grade…See More
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For most of my adult life, writing has been a vehicle for me to understand what I believe, feel, question, and know. For the past ten years, I've recognized writing as a Spirit-led creative process through which I come to know God, to understand God’s presence in my life, and to minister to others. It is both my work and my spiritual discipline. As a writer, I strive to give voice to the untold stories of ordinary people. Those stories are often the most extraordinary and the most meaningful. I never know who or what might call to me for telling, but I’ve learned to heed those stirrings of a good story. My first book, Hands at Work, was inspired by a showing of Summer Moon Scriver’s black-and-white photographs of hands. They suggested to me a passion for the kinds of work that have become rare for many Americans and that these were people nourished by manual labor. I immediately wanted to give voice to their stories and to others who work with their hands. www.handsworking.com.
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Veterans Day

Posted on 11th mo. 19, 2014 at 1:15pm 0 Comments

As a pacifist, I don’t know what to do about Veterans Day. On this year’s November 11, I drove down the main street of a town that is home to a naval air station. Five days earlier I’d travelled that same route the opposite direction on my way to a writing workshop. That morning, winds had gusted at 35-45 miles per hour and whipped the American flags that lined the street in a wild dance.

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Book Review: “Miracle Motors—A Pert Near True Story"

Posted on 10th mo. 28, 2014 at 1:41pm 0 Comments

Some people go to the woods or the mountains to encounter the Divine. They seek the quiet to listen for the “still, small voice.” Peggy Senger Morrison, though, has some of her best conversations with God while driving a Kawasaki motorcycle named Rosie.…

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Inward Activism—Outward Prayer

Posted on 10th mo. 15, 2014 at 2:45pm 4 Comments

Every morning before I unroll my yoga mat, I have to resist the urge to go online to check the headlines in the New York Times. I catch myself creeping toward the email in- box before I settle into my rocker for a time of meditative journaling. It’s as if I’m on both ends of a tug-of-war rope, pushed and pulled by inward and outward action. It’s not a new struggle for me; I wrote about it here three years ago in my post …

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Writing the Quotidian

Posted on 4th mo. 19, 2013 at 3:28pm 0 Comments

Quotidian.  I read that word in an essay I critiqued during my first semester in my MFA in writing program. I had to look it up.  Ironically, it’s a fancy word for something that’s not, well, very fancy.  Here’s how the New Oxford American Dictionary defines it:

 

quotidian |kwōˈtidēən|

adjective [ attrib. ]

  • of or occurring every day; daily : the car sped noisily off through the quotidian…
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