Saturday, March 05, 2016


Walking empty boatyard
I find short line looped at one end
pick it up, put it down

Friday, March 04, 2016

Why, she asked, are people cruel?

Cruelty isn't particular. It comes from following orders.

Forgiveness isn't usual. It follows from breaking rules.

Do you follow orders? Or break rules?

Education is

emerging out into the present.

Would we not want to be educated persons?

Thursday, March 03, 2016

for a frightened friend in a fearful place

Is now
And will

Our prayer
For you


Prayer is lifting mind and heart to God

God is what is lifting

God to God -- 

Lifting itself, god-mind god-heart, 

Let us


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

an ambiguous phrase

There's nothing to fear.


Tuesday, March 01, 2016

reading student papers

At York Harbor
One boatsman 
Motors to fishing boat
In afternoon sun

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Here's David Brooks take on it

We’re now at a point where the Senate says it won’t even hold hearings on a presidential Supreme Court nominee, in clear defiance of custom and the Constitution. We’re now at a point in which politicians live in fear if they try to compromise and legislate. We’re now at a point in which normal political conversation has broken down. People feel unheard, which makes them shout even louder, which further destroys conversation. 
And in walks Donald Trump. People say that Trump is an unconventional candidate and that he represents a break from politics as usual. That’s not true. Trump is the culmination of the trends we have been seeing for the last 30 years: the desire for outsiders; the bashing style of rhetoric that makes conversation impossible; the decline of coherent political parties; the declining importance of policy; the tendency to fight cultural battles and identity wars through political means. 
Trump represents the path the founders rejected. There is a hint of violence undergirding his campaign. There is always a whiff, and sometimes more than a whiff, of “I’d like to punch him in the face.”           
  (--from, David Brooks, op Ed , the governing cancer of our time, 26feb16, Nytimes)