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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…"
10th month 18
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…"
10th month 18
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;…"
10th month 17
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
10th month 15
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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
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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
3rd month 27, 2013
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Grounded

Grounded.  That’s the word I heard over and over at a recent Quaker Silent Retreat. During introductions before we entered into forty hours of silence, many of the twenty people in attendance said they had come with a hope of getting grounded. Many spoke of the annual retreat as a time to regain the Center that had been…See More
2nd month 19, 2013
Tina Coffin commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Listening'
"Iris, Would you let me print this blog post in a small publication for Quakers in Arkansas? my name is Tina Coffin and you can reach me at carillontc@aol.com"
1st month 19, 2013
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1st month 19, 2013
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Listening

“Happy Birthday,” I croaked to friends being honored at a party recently. Four days earlier, my head cold had turned into laryngitis. My throat burned from days of coughing, and when I tried to talk, all that came out was a squeak.  But I didn’t want to miss this celebration to honor three friends with November birthdays, so I went to the potluck and uttered few words.There’s nothing like laryngitis to give you a lesson in listening.Conversations swirled around me. I knew that I couldn’t…See More
11th month 30, 2012
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Book Review - Staying True

As far as I’m concerned, the world could use a few more spiritual memoirs. A lot more people of faith writing about their spiritual journeys.  Fortunately, lifelong Quaker Lynn Waddington did just that during the final two years of her life. And her partner, Margaret Sorrel, labored through her own grief after Lynn’s death to…See More
10th month 15, 2012
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Revealing the Bones of Truth

A new edition of Juliet Barker’s 1994 biography, The Brontës, tells a story about Branwell, the brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.In 1834, Branwell began to study painting with a member of the Royal Academy of Art. The student painter sketched a portrait of his sisters and penciled his face in among theirs. When it came…See More
9th month 26, 2012

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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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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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Design Flaws

Posted on 3rd mo. 27, 2013 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

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…

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Grounded

Posted on 2nd mo. 19, 2013 at 5:34pm 0 Comments

Grounded.  That’s the word I heard over and over at a recent Quaker Silent Retreat. During introductions before we entered into forty hours of silence, many of the twenty people in attendance said they had come with a hope of getting grounded. Many spoke of the annual retreat as a time to regain the Center…

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