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[5 May 2015]
Prayer for Good Timing

by Angier Brock What a difference a few days can make. While I was away for a week, the grasses in the meadow I have been watching grew a foot or so (thereby giving the Meadowlarks plenty of cover in which to hide their nests), and the glorious Blue Grosbeaks returned. Meanwhile, one of the two Bald Eaglets I have been keeping an eye on since early March apparently fledged, and the lone remaining eaglet looks as though it will take off any time now. Over and over it stretches its wings, flaps them, and lifts a few inches off the nest. Through my binoculars, I catch a fleeting glimpse of daylight under its feet when it rises up. It settles again mid-nest. Then it hops up onto the nest’s edge and looks out over the tops of the trees toward the river, and then down to the forest floor, and ...

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[29 Apr 2015]
Time for Reflection

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson The poet David Whyte tells a wonderful, albeit painful, story about himself. He was busy at work, running from one office to the next. He passed a conference room full of his colleagues who were about to start a meeting. He knew there was someone he needed to talk to, but he saw immediately that this person wasn’t among them. He put his head in the door before they could begin and in a very loud, urgent voice, said, “Has anyone seen David?” The group paused, and then quickly broke out in laughter. He goes on to write: I looked back at them blankly, the truth dawning as I looked. ‘Has anyone seen David’ might seem an innocuous question in most organizations, but I happened to be the only David who worked under that particular roof. I realized the forlorn and public stupidity of my request and forced myself, after ...

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