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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
Iris Graville posted a blog post

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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The Largest Clearness Committee in the History of Quakerism

The subject line of a recent e-mail from Friend Jon Watts caught my attention:  Can I Continue to Be A Musician?  This Quaker singer and songwriter explained he’s at a crossroads after four years of ministry through music and the success of his latest album, “Clothe Yourself in Righteousness.”  Even more than any of his previous works, Jon’s latest explores faithful Quaker practice and serious transformation.  He’s had great turnouts at concerts and good sales of his music.  Equally gratifying…See More
9th month 15, 2012
Iris Graville posted a blog post

Worship-Sharing Through Song

 Early Quakers likely would have been shaking their heads if they’d attended meeting with me last Sunday. Some present-day Friends might find my meeting’s last-Sunday-of-the-month practice peculiar, too. That’s when, instead of an hour of unprogrammed worship, people of all ages in our group worship through song. Singer and song-writer Peter Blood understands singing and worship. He and his partner, Annie Patterson, co-created Rise Up…See More
8th month 28, 2012
Isabel Penraeth commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Closer to Each Other Than Language Allows'
"I am glad thee included this statement on listening to differing persectives. Certainly "differing views on homosexuality are being cloaked in questions about the authority of the Yearly Meeting over individual meetings" from the…"
7th month 28, 2012
Iris Graville posted a blog post

Closer to Each Other Than Language Allows

People think of Quakers as loving, peaceful, friendly types (our full name is, after all, the Religious Society of Friends).  And we are all of those things. We’re also human—full of imperfections, confusion, and fear. We don’t all see things in the same way, and our history shows that sometimes those differing views have torn us…See More
7th month 28, 2012
Iris Graville posted a blog post

Occupy as a Spiritual Act

My rural island home in Washington State couldn’t be much further—geographically or culturally­—from Manhattan’s Wall Street.  Last fall, when the first actions of Occupy Wall Street began, the movement seemed like an abstraction to me. After hearing Madeline Schaeffer’s podcast at…See More
6th month 21, 2012
Cathy Barney commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Walking in Circles'
"Labyrinths are my favorite, Iris! I just moved into a studio space in a re-purposed school in my neighborhood. One goal is to open a nurturing art exploration for neighborhood under-served kids. My dream is to, eventually, create some sort of…"
5th month 16, 2012
Iris Graville posted a blog post

Walking in Circles

“Our lives are an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn. That there is no end in nature but every end is a beginning.”                                                              ~  Ralph Waldo EmersonI spent part of May 5 walking in circles. Sometimes such circuitous movement is a…See More
5th month 12, 2012
Cathy Barney commented on Iris Graville's blog post 'Afterthought #4 - Pilgrimage to Manzanar'
"me, too ... even if we learn, we don't tend to apply them"
5th month 2, 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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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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Listening

Posted on 11th mo. 30, 2012 at 12:40am 1 Comment

“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…
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