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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Acedia and Mom

I just finished reading Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer’s Life (2008) by Kathleen Norris, a spiritual writer known for her meditative memoirs Dakota, The Cloister Walk, Amazing Grace, and The Virgin of Bennington. In this most recent book, Norris spends a lot of the 300 pages [a few too many] defining the term acedia. Ennui, boredom, apathy, […]

Patti and the Power

John recently bought me a tape (used…discarded by the library) of Patti Smith’s Dream of Life. I loved her recent memoir Just Kids and have been listening to her a lot. The first song, “People Have the Power,” seems to have been written for the protests in Wisconsin and Ohio (not to mention the Middle […]