Author Archives: annacitrino

Standing Under Stones of Suffering and Wonder

Sentence The body of a starving horse cannot forget the size it was born to. —Jane Hirshfield A few weeks ago, I listened to the rain come down all night and thought about the grief people live with, the suffering … Continue reading

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Listening For What the Desert Says

“The visible creation is the terminus or the circumference of the invisible world.” –Emerson, “Nature” Smoke trees, creosote shrubs, puffball bushes, ancient granite balancing rocks, vast seas of sun-soaked sand scattered with spiny cholla cactus and the splash of fire … Continue reading

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In a Community of Gentleness

“It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break…You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are … Continue reading

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Worlds Inside of Words

“Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.” ~Pope Francis I’ve been working on writing … Continue reading

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Living Large

Amiee Bender’s story, “The Doctor and the Rabbi,” opens with a doctor visiting a rabbi who explains an Hassidic tale describing how at the end of your life you will have to apologize for how you didn’t live. The rabbi character … Continue reading

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Loss and Transformation

The winter solstice is only a few days away now, the shortest day in the year. Perhaps I should be thinking about joy, as this is the Christmas season when much of the world decorates with lights and gives gifts … Continue reading

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Beyond Fear Into a Larger World

In her poem, “The Best of It,” Kate Ryan, describes how it feels to have continued loss, to be reduced to be so little considered that you have next to nothing. THE BEST OF IT However carved up or pared down … Continue reading

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Practicing Presence

  “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of … Continue reading

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Time With Trees

“We who draw do so not only to make something visible to others, but also to accompany something invisible to its incalculable destination.” –-John Berger Trees have been important to humans throughout time. The Atlantic points out evidence to demonstrate a … Continue reading

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Flower Pilgrimage to Crete

Sensation On blue summer evenings I’ll go down the pathways Pricked by the grain, crushing the tender grass— Dreaming, I’ll feel its coolness on my feet. I’ll let the wind bathe my bare head. I won’t talk at all. I won’t … Continue reading

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