Category Archives: The Muses

The Muses: A Prayer

On this last day of our reflections of The Muses and all those things, people and situations that bring us inspiration, insight and wisdom, we offer a poem from Mary Oliver whose gifts include her incredible ability to hear the … Continue reading

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The Muses: Singing a Journey

“I sing arms and I sing a man . . . ” So begins the epic story of Aeneas and his band of Trojans fleeing their home city as it goes up in flames, striking off into a journey that … Continue reading

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The Muses: In Me

When I sit down to write one of these reflections, there is an interior process that I think I can observe to you.  I do a quick scan of my own interior landscape–what “voices” are speaking to me right now–voices … Continue reading

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The Muses: Whose Story?

In the United States, we have a number of difficult conversations going on right now.  I hear these conversations as stories.  They are the stories we tell, the stories we are trying to tell, the stories we are trying not … Continue reading

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Finding Your Muse

The Greeks and Romans called it the influence of the muses. Nine goddesses inspiring music, poetry, heroics, history, prophecy, comedy, tragedy, and dance. T.S. Eliot paints a picture of inner reflection, of the thought of a thought of a thought. … Continue reading

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January 22 – The Muses: MLK and Love

I am very much a First Principle kind of girl.  Honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every individual is extremely important to me, and I strive to be a living example of this in my own daily life.  Accordingly, … Continue reading

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The Muses and the Human Condition

On January 15, 1929, a baby boy was born.  This baby boy was African American born in the Deep South.  He suffered much from depression through his whole life, and as a 12 year old, when his grandmother died, he … Continue reading

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The Muses: Awake

Martin Luther King, Jr. closed his letter from the Birmingham jail with the words of a man who is fully awake.  To the religious leaders of Birmingham who had tried to keep him quiet, orderly and sedate in the face … Continue reading

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The Muses: Disturbing

From Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” written to the religious leaders of Birmingham who had published an editorial in the newspaper about his protests in the City. “I MUST make two honest confessions to you, my Christian … Continue reading

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The Muses: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

I think sometimes I think of “the muse” or of “inspiration” as something that happens to or inside of an artist.  I think of it as an experience that helps the artist bring forth a painting, a poem, a statue, … Continue reading

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