Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

BY Parker J. Palmer January 04, 2017

After an exchange with an angry man, a poem about a woodland encounter bestows unexpected guidance — about how acknowledging the spaces we share can be what closes the gaps between us.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 30, 2016

Even at our most broken and scattered, Mary Oliver seems to say, we can uncover new wholeness by examining each shattered piece.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 12, 2016

Compassion is a virtue, but do we direct it inward as much as outward? Parker Palmer gleans wisdom from Mary Oliver on mending ourselves so that we might be better companions to loved ones in need.

BY Trent Gilliss September 06, 2016

To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.

BY Mary Oliver August 29, 2016

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

BY Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY Parker J. Palmer August 03, 2016

An invocation for gratitude — for the open spaces around us, for the quiet resilience of nature, and for the power of vulnerability to open us to new possibilities.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 27, 2016

Parker Palmer offers up a remedy for feeling adrift: embracing surprise, and taking on sense of reverence to mystery.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 06, 2016

Learning from our mistakes doesn't mean we have to obsess over our failures. Parker Palmer and Mary Oliver on the space nature provides for catharsis, so that we can move on to self-forgiveness.

BY Parker J. Palmer June 24, 2015

Recent events in the life of the world have made it challenging to engage in trust and hope. Parker Palmer turns to another type of knowing that leads to grace.

BY Trent Gilliss February 16, 2015

A potpourri of thinking on joy, letting suffering speak, writing poetry, and the wisdom of children — as curated by Trent Gilliss.

BY Mariah Helgeson February 16, 2015

The highly acclaimed and beloved poet Mary Oliver reads her four-part poem, "The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac," — a poem in which she explores death, purpose, and the call to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer several years ago.

BY Parker J. Palmer February 11, 2015

Cynicism beckons to us with ease at times. But how do we remain open to the good within and around us? A reminder to keep hope alive when the demon inside us bites down. And, lyrical lines from Mary Oliver!

BY Trent Gilliss February 09, 2015

In a rare interview with the master poet, she recites her classic poem — and tells the story of how "Wild Geese" came into being. It might surprise you.

BY Barbara Mahany December 21, 2014

Darkness draws out our deep-down depths. And, in the northern hemisphere, December’s darkness invites us inward. A lesson in wonder, an elegy for light, and a call to pay attention for the unbroken darkness of a December night.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 17, 2014

In a world of fomenting darkness, a poem calls us to be beacons of light in the shadow for others to be guided by.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 26, 2014

For Thanksgiving, Parker Palmer asks us to find new ways to be filled with gratitude and praise. It's in the gratitude for the ground we stand on, the blessing of togetherness, and the kindness of strangers, that we remember our work is loving the world.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 12, 2014

Sometimes the framing question needs to be, well, questioned. A "clearness committee" helps our columnist find a way of asking a transformative question instead of a question of loss.

BY Andréana E. Lefton October 21, 2014

What is the autobiography of your voice? An invitation to write the story of your voice and allow yourself to be surprised.

BY Trent Gilliss October 09, 2014

Highlights of some of the most heartening work our executive editor has read this past week, including Tara Mohr's advice to women on taking in criticism, seeing the sacred in the mundane, engaging our prophets, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into photos we chose.

BY Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

BY Parker J. Palmer July 09, 2014

Parker Palmer celebrates the act of finding clarity in one's life through the poetry of Mary Oliver and listening to the trees.

BY Trent Gilliss May 29, 2014

The best of the week — including night music from Minnesota loons, our Webby speech, a cheeky take on summer fashion, unexpected advice on trusting one's creative instincts, and a profound story from a late civil rights veteran.

BY Parker J. Palmer May 21, 2014

As you read this poem, Parker Palmer asks us to ponder a simple question: "How, then, shall I live?"

BY Trent Gilliss May 12, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to communal song, forest music from Schumann, words of gratitude and grace from Mary Oliver, and the manifold gifts of a storyteller.

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