Tag Archive for ‘faith’

The Same Story Twice

Sometimes I tell the same story, because it is a story that is so powerful it must be shared again and again. And I am reminded of a poem I read at my college graduation, because I was selected to give the speech, about telling stories over and over, about how that’s kind of what life is about. The poem was Anne Sexton’s “Cinderella,” and I had been student-teaching high […]

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Follow You into the Dark

All anyone really wants, I suspect, is for someone special and loving and generous and warm to hold them when they’re sad or scared. It is not as though you’ll be sad and scared forever, see. It just happens sometimes, because we’re human. And when you wake in the middle of the night, and there is someone beside you to do that for you, no questions asked, well, that is […]

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Faith Is the Thing with Feathers

If this computer screen did not separate me from you, do you know what I would do? I would sit across from you in a coffee shop and we would sip cappuccino and eat croissants. Damn, I love croissants. And I would ask you about you. I would ask you something about how you grew up, maybe, or we’d talk about books. And maybe I’d share with you my latest […]

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The Joy of Meaninglessness

Do you know how much love I feel? Let me explain. I don’t even know where to start. Within each person is an immense, immeasurable well of love. It is as though within our bodies is a bucket of love-water, and it runneth over time and time again. And that love-water we’re filled with is part of the love-water of the universe, the river that runs through everything, the essence […]

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Don’t Try to Save Anybody

Once, I slept over my mother’s house and did yoga in her guest bedroom and walked to the bed and said out loud, “I need a savior.” I was looking for it in the form of a man. A man with money. A man who would calm all my fears. A man who would make it all better. A man who would right the wrongs of the past, who would […]

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