Parker J. Palmer
Parker J. Palmer
More than 50 years ago, Thomas Merton warned that the pressure of modern life might distract us from the wisdom that makes work fruitful.
The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.
With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.
Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.
Anger is something many of us try to deny. Rather than quelling it, what if we were to use it as an animating force for personal transformation and social change?
Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.
How does one have a more supple heart that's read to hold life's suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.
As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer "soft eyes" of compassion to our children.
Whether you're inwardly or outwardly lost, there's an alternative to panicking. Advice on how to find where you are with a David Wagoner poem.
Thoughtful words on standing in solidarity with others suffering from depression and the healing experience of a poem.
Some good humor on forgetfulness and poignant verse from the poet Billy Collins to sweeten the swallow.
Parker Palmer pays homage to Krista Tippett with some words of wisdom on "the savage and beautiful country that lies in between."
At our darkest hours, when light fails to find a home, a path of buttercups may lead us back. Parker Palmer offers up thoughts and a Willow Harth poem for many of us caught "underground."
Parker Palmer reflects on "sharing our loves and doubts" as way into more generous conversations — all through the lens of a poem by Yehuda Amichai.
Parker Palmer celebrates the act of finding clarity in one's life through the poetry of Mary Oliver and listening to the trees.
As many of us Americans approach the July 4th weekend, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that "we're all in this together."
Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.
A video with Parker Palmer discussing Lincoln's depression and how he sees the 16th U.S. President's ability to reconcile the darkness and lightness within himself as a lesson for us all in healing the heart of democracy.
Some thoughts on Leonard Cohen, our small and imperfect contributions to solving big problems, the "potluck supper approach to social change," and how the light gets in.
To be human is to live with paradox and hold it in our hands. Parker Palmer offers some grounding advice on creating more spaces to do so gracefully — and a poem by May Sarton.
Life has its moments of melancholy. Parker Palmer reminds us to stop, take it all in, and write some poetry to recall life's aspirations.
As you read this poem, Parker Palmer asks us to ponder a simple question: "How, then, shall I live?"
Parker Palmer draws inspiration from the words of Wendell Berry on celebrating one's obstacles and the impeded stream that sings.
Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the "family of things."