In Praise of Wonder
“Gather the sweet morning light”
For every tired person (and parent) this week, a golden poem by James Crews: Daylight Savings, Age Five.
Just finished World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and illustrated by Fumi Nakamura. A delightful book to savor in a dark time: short essays on marvels of the natural world and what they teach us about ourselves. Perfect bedtime reading for right now.
Sufjan Stevens’ new album Javelin is on repeat. Favorite track: “Everything That Rises Must Converge” not only echoes Flannery but also led me down a Teilhard de Chardin rabbithole that I do not regret one bit.
Katie Moulton’s “Clippings” in Image Journal is a brilliant portrait of her grandmother (and herself as a granddaughter)—and a complicated elegy for the Midwest that holds them both.
Loved this wise podcast conversation between Kelly Corrigan and Krista Tippett on religion, spirituality, identity, and cultivating moral imagination.
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