Greg Simmons

Η Άνοιξη (ee-AH-neek-see: the spring, the opening)

The Greeks have always spoken simple truth,The opening, the spring, rebirth is now.New life—the dead turned under by the plow,Longer days arise as sunlit proof. But after so much pain, how to return? A raw world that we now scarcely know,How and who are we—and how to grow?Divided as the tribal hatreds burn.  We all build …

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An Expanded View of Love

We associate February with love. Yet, I am recently reminded of how narrowly we tend to think of love in our culture. We focus so strongly on romantic love in literature, in film, in just about every way, that other forms of love get pushed into the background. And while we love our parents, our …

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Heroism

Heroism

Anyone can slay a dragon …but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero. —Brian Andreas I used to pass my days and weeks by anticipating the next big thing—a conference, a trip, reuniting with family, even trying an exciting new restaurant or seeing a …

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Can We Love the Difficult?

What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there, against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for …

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The Long Party…

Sometimes you look at an empty valley like this, and suddenly the air is filled with snow. That is the way the whole world happened —there was nothing, and then…But maybe some time you will look out and even the mountains are gone, the world become nothing again. What can a person do to help …

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The Open Heart

As we let our hearts be tenderized by this sorrow-filled world, we discover that joy and sadness are one, that we can’t always distinguish between the two. Perhaps you have had this experience, of feeling tender and overwhelmed, heart wide open, vulnerable, overcome by tears of joy that also felt like sadness. In these moments …

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