Category Archives: The Grove

The Grove: Who Are We; Where Have We Come From; Where Are We Going?

There are places all over our front yard and gardens where wild blackberry bushes spring up each year.  The Blackberry, if left untouched, would form a bramble that would cover the front of our house in just a couple of … Continue reading

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The Grove: Inside

We have explored the ancient, historical grove of Greek landscapes.  We have considered the Grove at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett–the actual grove outside of the building, in the woods, as well as the grove that we have created … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day – The Grove: Giving

“Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy very, very much – even more than she loved herself.”  ~Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree  If you look closely, honestly at your relationship with your mother, regardless of the … Continue reading

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The Grove: The Sky

I try never to write about something on this blog that I haven’t experienced or that I am not willing to practice.  Yesterday, I invited us to make contact with nature somehow.  I hope you were able to try that. … Continue reading

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The Grove: Contact

However busy you are today, take a moment.  Step outside.  Stand in the sun, or watch the moon setting for a moment before daylight.  Make contact.  Look at something blooming. Open a window and listen to the birds sing.  Make … Continue reading

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The Grove: Finding Asylum

Some people have a place that they like to go to that is outside, a place that has some connection with nature–the woods, a stream, trees or even a single tree.  Some poeple have had a place like that at one … Continue reading

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The Grove: Gifts Out of Grief

The story of Orpheus and Eurydice comes from the ancient Greek world and is told in many versions by both Greek and Roman writers.  According to them, Orpheus was the superlative poet–musician–prophet–seer–wizard of the  Mediterranean world.  He fell deeply in love … Continue reading

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The Grove: The Poet

I came to know the work of Mary Oliver BECAUSE I entered a Unitarian-Universalist community.  I had never heard of her before ten years ago.  What a loss of time, and yet, I tend to think as the Buddhists say … Continue reading

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The Grove: 2+2 = 7

Some of the most transformative experiences that I have had have been those which were non-linear.  Non-linear experiences are hard to explain (if they were easy, they would be linear experiences!), but we can point to them.  I can point … Continue reading

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The Grove: The Prank

In a completely non-religious (officially) atmosphere, the creation of a grove out of normal, domesticated space can happen.  In the public high school where I teach in metro Atlanta,  apparently a new take on the “senior prank” is taking shape. … Continue reading

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