Poem: “Epitath,” by Merrill Malloy

Poem: “Epitath,” by Merrill Malloy

When I die Give what’s left of me away To children And old men that wait to die. And if you need to cry, Cry for your brother Walking the street beside you. And when you need me, Put your arms Around anyone And give them What you need to give to me. I want to leave...

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OP-Ed- “Plant and nurture the seeds of peace”

OP-Ed- “Plant and nurture the seeds of peace”

by Rosalyn Falcon Collier Express-News, 23 January, 2021 Since 2006, the peaceCENTER has celebrated San Antonio’s peacemakers with a Blessing of the Peacemakers, held the last Sunday of January to dovetail with the start of the internationally recognized Season for...

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Inaugural Poem: “The Hill We Climb,” by Amanda Gorman

Inaugural Poem: “The Hill We Climb,” by Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always...

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Poem: “At The End Of The Year,” by John O’Donohue

Poem: “At The End Of The Year,” by John O’Donohue

As this year draws to its end, We give thanks for the gifts it brought And how they became inlaid within Where neither time nor tide can touch them. The days when the veil lifted And the soul could see delight; When a quiver caressed the heart In the sheer exuberance...

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Poem: “The Man Watching,”  by Rainer Maria Rilke

Poem: “The Man Watching,” by Rainer Maria Rilke

I can tell by the way the trees beat, after so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes that a storm is coming, and I hear the far-off fields say things I can't bear without a friend, I can't love without a sister. The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on across...

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NEWS: Commentary: How we can harness, share compassion

NEWS: Commentary: How we can harness, share compassion

From the San Antonio Express-News, 26 November, 2020 By Dennis Slattery The word “compassion” entered the fringes of social discourse years ago and has now moved closer to the center of discussion for many. Etymologically, its history reaches back to ancient periods....

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Poem: “Though there are torturers,” by Michael Coady

Poem: “Though there are torturers,” by Michael Coady

Though there are torturers in the world There are also musicians. Though, at this moment, Men are screaming in prisons, There are jazzmen raising storms Of sensuous celebration, And orchestras releasing Glories of the Spirit. Though the image of God Is everywhere...

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Poem: “When Great Trees Fall,” by Maya Angelou

Poem: “When Great Trees Fall,” by Maya Angelou

When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Paul & Phyllis

Happy Birthday To . . . Paul & Phyllis

August 3, 1858 Paul Sabatier "Theories cannot claim to be indestructible. They are only the plough which the ploughman uses to draw his furrow and which he has every right to discard for another one, of improved design, after the harvest." August 3, 1920 P.D. James...

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POEM: “I Confess,” by Alison Luterman

POEM: “I Confess,” by Alison Luterman

I stalked her in the grocery store: her crown of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip, her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,watching the way she placed yogurt and avocados in her basket, beaming peace like the North Star. I wanted to ask, "What aisle...

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7 AM Prayer for San Antonio during pandemic

7 AM Prayer for San Antonio during pandemic

May we be blessed as vessels of healing and restoration. May San Antonio be a strong shelter and may all our residents find protection from COVID-19. May we become more mindful of others’ needs and always come together in a spirit of unity. May those who are sick,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . E.B. & Fred

Happy Birthday To . . . E.B. & Fred

July 11, 1899 E.B. White "I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that doesn't have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright." July 11, 1926 Frederick Buechner...

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Happy Birthday To . . .  Cyril & Czeslaw

Happy Birthday To . . . Cyril & Czeslaw

June 30, 1909 C. Northcote Parkinson "The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take." June 30, 1911 Czeslaw Milosz "Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a...

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Poem: “Incendiary Art,” by Patricia Smith

Poem: “Incendiary Art,” by Patricia Smith

The city’s streets are densely shelved with rows of salt and packaged hair. Intent on air, the funk of crave and function comes to blows with any smell that isn’t oil—the blare of storefront chicken settles on the skin and mango spritzing drips from razored hair. The...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jean & Alan

Happy Birthday To . . . Jean & Alan

June 23, 1910 Jean Anouilh "God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies." June 23, 1912 Alan Turing "Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."

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Poem: “Boy Breaking Glass,” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Poem: “Boy Breaking Glass,” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Whose broken window is a cry of art (success, that winks aware as elegance, as a treasonable faith) is raw: is sonic: is old-eyed première. Our beautiful flaw and terrible ornament. Our barbarous and metal little man. “I shall create! If not a note, a hole. If not an...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Auberon & Jurgen

Happy Birthday To . . . Auberon & Jurgen

June 18, 1838 Auberon Herbert "If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force." June 18, 1929 Jurgen Habermas "Each murder is one too...

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Poem” “Duplex (I begin with love),” by Jericho Brown

Poem” “Duplex (I begin with love),” by Jericho Brown

I begin with love, hoping to end there. I don’t want to leave a messy corpse.          I don’t want to leave a messy corpse        Full of medicines that turn in the sun.   Some of my medicines turn in the sun. Some of us don’t need hell to be good.    ...

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