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.
Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.
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.
Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the "family of things."
This week, excellent insights from Howard Thurman and the growing edge of the beginner's mind, a meditation on suffering, advice from Bertrand Russell, and a beautiful photoquote from Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin.
In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.
The Quaker elder offers this poetic reminder on trusting that the writing process itself will help you dig into your bafflement.
Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.
With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
A new generation of Asian-American poets are finding power of expression in slam poetry. For Bao Phi, it's the lifeblood of exploring his identity in America.
A wandering reflection arriving at a "found poem." The muse? Our show with Marie Howe. Simply marvelous.
A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.
When one's pen goes silent for three years, what's the first line to come out. Christian Wiman tell us. Listen to his beautiful reading of "Every Riven Thing" too.
Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."
On this Mother's Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.
Our weekly wrap-up with poetry and prose, stories of Easter dishes from afar and links to things we're reading in the news and blogging worlds!
With a simple idea and chalk, street art welcomes people to stand inside "happiness" to "provoke thought about what happiness is."
A poem about friendship and intimacy, waiting and being present in the moment that is heartbreaking and heartening in its song.
As we rush forward into the work week, a poem to slow us down, turn us about, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves. Marie Howe reads her poem "Hurry."
Listen to Marie Howe read these striking lines from her poem. Her ability to read her own work is marvelous.
On International Women's Day, an exploration of notions of womanhood through the great lyrical voices of Rilke, Whitman, and de Chardin in remembrance of the writer's mother.
A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.
This week's On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of "Nones" really says about America's religious landscape.