"Science and Poetry," by Rachel Carson
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by Elizabeth Myer
1d ago
  Rachel Carson won the National Book Award in nonfiction for her best-seller, The Sea Around Us (1951). Her acceptance speech included the following sentences, laid out here as a poem for your reading pleasure: The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history or fiction. It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science… The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they are ..read more
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From "Ground Truth," by Natasha Trethewey
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by Elizabeth Myer
1w ago
  2. Notes for a Poem on the Tulsa Race Massacre Veterans Day, November 11, 2022 We return fighting. — W.E.B. DuBois, 1919 The first day I spent in Tulsa I woke that morning to a parade gathering outside my window — a commemoration begun in 1918 as Armistice Day, marking the end of the Great War. At Elgin and Archer, I was just blocks from the place I’d come to see — the heart of it, Black Wall Street — yet another site steeped in the residue of history, of white mob violence settled down in the soil. Watching the staging area, the flatbed trucks lining the route, I couldn’t stop seeing ..read more
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Theologian's Almanac for Week of May 26, 2024
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by Elizabeth Myer
1w ago
  Welcome to SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking — specially created for a) writing sermons and prayers, b) creating content for social media channels, and c) enriching your devotional life. For the week of Sunday, May 26: May 26 is the day the German monk Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and a heretic by the Edict of Worms in 1521. The declaration ended up making Luther even more of a folk hero than he already was, advancing his cause of church reform rather than hindering it. In 1517, Luther ..read more
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Three and One: SALT’s Commentary for Trinity Sunday
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by Elizabeth Myer
1w ago
  Trinity Sunday (Year B): Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17 Big Picture: 1) This Sunday is often celebrated as “Trinity Sunday,” an opportunity to intentionally reflect on one of Christianity’s most important (and baffling!) ideas. Every church is — among other things — a kind of schoolhouse, a place where we move together through an annual curriculum of learning and contemplation, and this week, the mystery of the Trinity takes center stage. 2) Next week nearly six months of “Ordinary Time” begins, during which this year’s walk through the Gospel of Mark (and occasionally John) will continu ..read more
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"Otherwise," by Jane Kenyon
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by Elizabeth Myer
2w ago
  I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did the work I love. At noon I lay down with my mate. It might have been otherwise. We ate dinner together at a table with silver candlesticks. It might have been otherwise. I slept in a bed in a room with paintings on the walls, and planned another day just like this day. But one day, I know, it will be otherwise. + Jane Kenyon There are many poems about gratitude, about not taking the ..read more
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Theologian's Almanac for Week of May 19, 2024
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by Elizabeth Myer
2w ago
  Welcome to SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking — specially created for a) writing sermons and prayers, b) creating content for social media channels, and c) enriching your devotional life. For the week of Sunday, May 19: May 19 is the birthday of Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925. When he was a young boy, white supremacists set fire to his family’s home in East Lansing, Michigan, killing his father (the police later declared it a suicide) and so traumatizing his mother t ..read more
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“What Does This Mean?” SALT’s Commentary on Pentecost
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by Elizabeth Myer
2w ago
  Pentecost (Year B): Acts 2:1-21 and Ezekiel 37:1-14 Big Picture: 1) Pentecost (from a Greek word for “fiftieth”) is the fiftieth and last day of the Easter season. Next week is Trinity Sunday, and then nearly six months of “Ordinary Time” begin, during which this year’s walk through the Gospel of Mark (and occasionally John) will continue. From ten thousand feet, the Christian Year appears divided almost in half: about six months of holy seasons (Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Eastertide), and about six months of Ordinary Time. Like a pendulum swinging back and forth, or a pair of lungs breat ..read more
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Theologian's Almanac for Week of May 12, 2024
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by Elizabeth Myer
3w ago
  Welcome to SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking — specially created for a) writing sermons and prayers, b) creating content for social media channels, and c) enriching your devotional life. For the week of Sunday, May 12: May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. She was born in 1820 to a wealthy English family, and as a young woman, she wrote to a friend: “God called me in the morning and asked me would I do good for him alone without reputation.” She visited ..read more
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"Axe Handles," by Gary Snyder
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by Elizabeth Myer
1M ago
  One afternoon the last week in April Showing Kai how to throw a hatchet One-half turn and it sticks in a stump. He recalls the hatchet-head Without a handle, in the shop And go gets it, and wants it for his own. A broken-off axe handle behind the door Is long enough for a hatchet, We cut it to length and take it With the hatchet head And working hatchet, to the wood block. There I begin to shape the old handle With the hatchet, and the phrase First learned from Ezra Pound Rings in my ears! "When making an axe handle the pattern is not far off." And I say this to Kai "Look: We'll shape ..read more
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Theologian's Almanac for Week of May 5, 2024
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by Elizabeth Myer
1M ago
  Welcome to SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking — specially created for a) writing sermons and prayers, b) creating content for social media channels, and c) enriching your devotional life. For the week of Sunday, May 5: May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, commemorating not Mexico’s Independence Day, as is often mistakenly thought, but rather the unlikely victory of an outmatched Mexican fighting force over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. France went on to win the larger conflict, occupying Me ..read more
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