Tag Archives: Annie Dillard

Stalking the Miraculous

What would happen if we all began to stalk the miraculous? If we began to look for it around every corner, if we expected it to appear? With such a spirit, nothing would be entirely mundane, but sparked with expectation. … Continue reading

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In Defense of Routine

Routine is under-rated and maligned. Almost always it’s regarded negatively, associated with boredom and ruts and thoughtless, plodding existence. Of course, routine can be all of these things, but if it is, it’s because we’ve allowed it to degrade into … Continue reading

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The Value of Exploring

So many of the polar explorers looked upon life as an adventure; discovery was an elemental desire which urged them into areas and prodded them into actions which had no rewards beyond themselves. To know, to progress, to wander, to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Geographies

Kathleen Norris subtitles her book Dakota as “A Spiritual Geography.” I like that term, because it suggests to me not only the spiritual power of place, but also the defining, shaping capacity of the land. In chapel a couple of years … Continue reading

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10 Days of Gratitude, Day 6

Another quotation from Annie Dillard to begin my thanksgiving right: in this passage, she is talking about the fleeting glimpses of God we can see through “stalking” creation, seeing pieces of beauty and holiness in everything around us. “Just a … Continue reading

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10 Days of Gratitude, Day 2

I’ll preface today’s thanks with another quotation of Annie Dillard, also from her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek; in the book, she describes her childhood practice of hiding a penny somewhere outside and then creating a trail, written in sidewalk chalk, which … Continue reading

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10 Days of Thanksgiving; 10 Days Until Thanksgiving

I am so glad that we have a Thanksgiving Day to remind us of what we should be doing all the other days of the year: Thanking God for everything in our lives. It is now 10 days until Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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