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The Inner Life of Poet-Sage Robert Lax, Thomas Merton’s Close Friend

November 30 would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Lax, a poet perhaps best known as Thomas Merton’s close friend. Merton said of Lax, “His was one of the voices through which the insistent Spirit of God was determined to teach me the way I had to travel.” A native of New York, Lax  Continue Reading »

The Art of Work

Vocation is en vogue. In light of recent research that purports 87 percent of the world’s workers are more frustrated than fulfilled, the marketplace has rushed to meet our need for meaning. Its noise can be overwhelming. Are we to follow our bliss or change the world? Yes. Do we commit where we are or  Continue Reading »

The Everywhere Oracle – a New Poetry Book for the Inner Life

Inside an Ancient Rhythm I was very young with this energy signature of fear, a grip of tension embedded deep in my gut, brought in from Another Time. It sounds like these clicking computer keys: tap tap tap, the clatter of a mind with the 3 a.m. blah blah blahs of small worries. Like unanswered  Continue Reading »

Best Courageous Books of 2015

Like last year, we’re excited to publish a year-end list of our favorite courageous reads of 2015! Use the index below to see books under each topic (the order is random). Books for Everyone Books of Poetry Books for Leaders Books for Educators Books for Health Care Professionals Books for People of Faith Best of  Continue Reading »

Best Courageous Books of 2014

We’ve had a few requests for book lists, so here are our favorite courageous reads of 2014! Use the index below to see books under each topic (the order is random). Books for Everyone Books of Poetry Books for Leaders Books for Educators Books for Health Care Professionals Books for People of Faith 2014 Books  Continue Reading »

Advice for New Teachers

An excerpt from American Teacher I began my teaching career at a public middle school in a working-class area in the East Bay. I struggled a lot the first two years. The only thing that saved me is the support and guidance I received from a few of my colleagues, some truly valuable professional development  Continue Reading »

Young Women Speak the Unspeakable in New Anthology

Excerpt from the introduction of Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith (White Cloud Press, Oct 2013), co-edited by Erin S. Lane and Enuma Okoro I was a graduate student of theology when word of her actions reached me. During a seminary class on preaching, her professor had warned students not to wear  Continue Reading »

What Gov. Martin O’Malley is Reading

by Parker J. Palmer AP Photo As I posted on April 27 [on Facebook], I was privileged to spend an evening with the Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland, his wife and son, and twenty-five of his colleagues and friends at Government House in late March. I like his politics—and I like the fact that  Continue Reading »

The Road That Teaches

An excerpt from a new book by Valerie Brown Carrion de los Condes to León You will reach a point where the heart tells itself what to do. — Ajaan Chah The sense of entering “normal” life began to creep into my consciousness. In León, people hurried with purpose and deliberation about their daily affairs.  Continue Reading »