Poetry and Dreams

Poetry and dreams are two of the most potent vehicles for unveiling the unconscious.

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Fear and Courage

Fear is a cover for the courage that lies just beneath it.

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Poems and Play

Playing board games is great preparation for writing poems. They both involve play.

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How Ideas Come to us

The most powerful ideas come to us mysteriously–like dreams.

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Persistence

The definition of persistence: To move forward when you don’t feel at your best.

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Evolution Gaining Greater Acceptance in the U.S.

Public views in U.S. are shifting toward support for evolution. I never understood this one. Maybe it because I’m Jewish and the child of a scientist, but I never saw the conflict with Genesis or the Bible. Genesis doesn’t really weigh in on the subject. Even a literalist view (which I certainly don’t have admittedly) could leave a lot of room for alternative interpretation. Opposition to evolution in the developed world is peculiar to the United States and is primarily found among evangelicals. Most others do not share this belief. I would truly like to better understand the reasons for opposition to evolution, because it’s so foreign to me. Perhaps there is a much deeper issue at play. If we could get at that, we might be able to address the real difficulty.

http://www.pewforum.org/2013/12/30/publics-views-on-human-evolution/

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Shabbat: When Time Stops

Some physicists say that time is ultimately an illusion. Shabbat feels a little like that. Time seems to stop. That’s when life comes close to ‘Olam haba, the world to come, eternity, home.

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The Play of Poems and Dreams

Poems let you play with words, just as dreams let you play with images.

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Finishing a Poem

Whenever I complete a poem or any writing project, I feel as if I’m sending my child into the world.

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Death and Rebirth

How many times do we die before we die? Life is a series of transformations, shifting of shapes. We are constantly preparing for a next act.

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Change

Human beings generally don’t like change, yet flexibility is the key to survival and flourishing.

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Poetry as Fragments

I love poetry in part because of its fragmentary quality, like dreams.

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Poems and Dreams

Poems resemble dreams in the rich symbolism their words express and the protean quality of their embedded images.

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Poetry: What it Does

At its most profound, poetry unites meaning, beauty, truth, wisdom, and love.

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