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Sunday Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration: Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

This was part of a prayer in a worship service this morning at Chautauqua Institution. I wanted to share it with you since, if you’re like me, you may find it easy to dismiss unpleasant people as simply unpleasant and therefore not worth our time or concern. In the words of American poet Stanley Miller…

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Sunday Inspiration: Enormous Peril

This week I was fortunate to hear one of our nation’s leading environmental activists speak here at Chautauqua Institution, and he scared the wits out of me — but he also gave me hope. Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, an international organization that encourages the use of renewable energy and divestment from the…

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Sunday Inspiration: “Writing opened that door…”

  “Writing opened that door…to the divine, to some connection to the universe, to things that be… Writing makes me think, and thinking makes me write; and there is a circularity to that, to dive deeper into questions, into yourself, into your soul, into your mind and heart.” -Richard Blanco I’m not a big poetry…

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Sunday Inspiration: Gardens and Gardening

“Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com Chautauqua is alive with many beautiful gardens this time of year, and I find them all wonderfully inspiring. Here are photos of…

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Sunday Inspiration: Sky’s the Limit

“Don’t tell me sky’s the limit when there’s footprints on the moon.” -Buzz Aldrin One of the most inspirational moments of our age was the first time a person walked on the moon, which occurred 50 years ago yesterday. Most of us who are old enough can remember where we were and how we felt when…

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Sunday Inspiration: To Make a Difference

“To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant. Rich. Beautiful. Perfect. You just have to care.” -Mandy Hale This has been National Geographic week at Chautauqua with the theme of A Planet in Balance with some excellent lectures. The message is, as Mandy Hale says, that we just have to…

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Sunday Inspiration: Depression and Anxiety

This powerful video was sent to me by a friend whose daughter made the video and later ended her own life, overcome by the depression and anxiety that had haunted her too long. This is what she says about it: “My daughter Margaret (Peggy) was making a video on depression and anxiety aimed at teenagers…

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Sunday Inspiration: The Best Time

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” -Chinese proverb One of our speakers used that quote this week here at Chautauqua Institution, and it struck me as especially inspirational. Instead of wallowing in guilt over what I haven’t done in the past — which I…

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Sunday Inspiration: Best Commencement Speeches 2019

For many students June is an end and often a beginning, complete with ceremony and celebration, and this is a perfect time to look at some of the best commencement speeches. So much inspiration is packed into those minutes on stage. Commencement speeches are often as relevant to me as to the graduates, since like…

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