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Reads tagged with “Mary Oliver”

The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life
The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

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Mary Oliver on Love and Its Necessary Wildness
Mary Oliver on Love and Its Necessary Wildness

In praise of the “invisible and powerful and uncontrollable and beautiful and possibly even unsuitable.”

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A Seizure of Happiness: Mary Oliver on Finding Magic in Life’s Unremarkable Moments
A Seizure of Happiness: Mary Oliver on Finding Magic in Life’s Unremarkable Moments

How to revel in the “sudden awareness of the citizenry of all things within one world.”

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Mary Oliver on the Measure of a Life Well Lived and How to Maximize Our Aliveness
Mary Oliver on the Measure of a Life Well Lived and How to Maximize Our Aliveness

“Do you need a prod? Do you need a little darkness to get you going?”

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Mary Oliver Reads Her Beloved Poem “Wild Geese”
Mary Oliver Reads Her Beloved Poem “Wild Geese”

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination…”

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The 15 Best Books of 2015
The 15 Best Books of 2015

Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.

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Mary Oliver on How Differences Make Couples Stronger
Mary Oliver on How Differences Make Couples Stronger

“All of it, the differences and the maverick uprisings, are part of the richness of life. If you are too much like myself, what shall I learn of you, or you of me?”

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Mary Oliver on How Habit Gives Shape to Our Inner Lives
Mary Oliver on How Habit Gives Shape to Our Inner Lives

“The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.”

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Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Elegy for Her Soul Mate
Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Elegy for Her Soul Mate

“Attention without feeling … is only a report.”

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Mary Oliver on the Magic of Punctuation and a Reading of Her Soul-Stretching Poem “Seven White Butterflies”
Mary Oliver on the Magic of Punctuation and a Reading of Her Soul-Stretching Poem “Seven White Butterflies”

“All eternity is in the moment.”

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