Monthly Archives: February 2015

I Happened to be Standing – Mary Oliver

“I happened to be standing
just outside my door, with my notebook open,
which is the way I begin every morning.
Then a wren in the privet began to sing.
He was positively drenched in enthusiasm,
I don’t know why. And yet, why not.
I wouldn’t persuade you from whatever you believe
or whatever you don’t. That’s your business.
But I thought, of the wren’s singing, what could this be
if it isn’t a prayer?
So I just listened, my pen in the air.”

-Mary Oliver

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Roasting for God?

“It is setting a high value upon our opinions to roast men and women alive on account of them.”

—-Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist and philosopher, cited in 2,000 Years of Disbelief by James R. Haught