“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Versions of this quote, sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin in 1947 or a French diplomat or German satirist in 1925, depending on who you ask, succinctly explains the numbness that the world feels at the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic, which stands at […]
Art can be visual, auditory, tactile, or kinetic. Dr. Edward Mathis tells us how a simple bike ride can be an expression of art, and reads “A Wanderer,” by Indian poet Hashim ZK. Music in this episode by Andy Wicks.
Words can take you down the same path multiple times to different destinations. Words are a time machine. In this episode, we hear from two wonderful people: Alex Oana and Chris Collin. Alex and Chris were college classmates, and he recorded her reading Margaret Atwood’s poem “Variation on the Word ‘Sleep’” as a part of his major. […]
Janna Boomstra shares a Dutch poem called “Prayer for My Children” and how it has held power and comfort for her family, even when she didn’t understand the foreign words. Music in this episode by Kai Engel via the Free Music Archive. We heard “Blur” (at 1:16) and “Waltzing in the Rye” (at 4:10). Find […]
Change, good or bad, has some element of loss. Learning how to mourn the loss and incorporate it into our experience is tricky. Jeffrey Petersen, pastor at Third Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has much experience walking with people through change and loss. He uses the words of Wendell Berry’s poem “The Slip” to talk about […]
Sometimes prayers are rituals, said at specific times and in specific ways. Sometimes they are only a word or two said in a fleeting moment. Becca Williams is a nurse who knows about the power of prayer in those brief times when life can balance on a knife’s edge. She reads “Praying,” by Mary Oliver. […]