Our Lindsey was on the marathon route, stationed with a group of her students, cheering on two of her co-workers who were "charity runners". I got a very brief phone call from her early on, to say that she was safe, but there was no time for details and we were unable to talk with her after that. (Cell service was compromised).
Last night we finally heard from her. She helped all of her students get safely home. She is not sure what today will bring for students, co-workers or the city of Boston.
My brother Doug shared these words this morning.
"I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true nonviolence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness". - Mahatma Gandhi
Today I will remember that courage, compassion and love are more ferocious than fear and cowardice and ignorance. There are stories in the news this morning that prove that this is, indeed, true.
Let us turn away from the fear and remember the transformational power of love.
Thank goodness April is National Poetry Month. It serves as a reminder to go to my poetry shelf and catch up with a few friends, and get to know some new ones. In the midst of a very busy chapter in my life, making time to read poetry slows me down, gives my brain some space and brings me a sense of balance.
I love Rumi, Wendell Berry, Richard Brautigan, Marge Piercy, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, Dana Faulds, Tracy K Smith, Denise Levertov, and May Sarton. My buddy Melinda Morris Perrin, from our Chicagoland days is a fave too. Earlhamite and Vermonter Julie Cadwallader-Staub's collectionFace to Face is a gem. Vermonters David Budbill and Katrina Van Tassel are wonderful too.
Do you have favorite poets? I'd love to hear about them. Please leave a comment!
Spring/Seder/Easter brunch for 9.
Matzoh and charoses.
Fruit salad a la Gary.
Local bacon by Chef Pierre.
Leek, asparagus, feta frittata here.
Jelly beans and foil covered chocolate eggs.
This morning in Vermont
A fresh dusting of snow and dense fog, too.
And Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law, Ra. xo
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