Year in Review

We’re at the close of The Golden Echo’s second year. During the year, we settled down from our move out to Georgia (as much as we can as Cascadians) and we’re now awaiting our firstborn, Eleanor. With everything that’s going on, I thought we would take a look at some of the most viewed posts on the … More Year in Review

Who’s Br. Monday

If you’re new to the blog and wondering who that Br. Monday guy was from last Monday’s post, I thought I would collect all of his adventures again here. 1. Abba a Word The start of the series with a little primer on the origins of the monastic movement and the Sayings of the Desert … More Who’s Br. Monday

Weekend Coffee Share: Bakhtin, Bonsai, and Br. Monday

If we were having coffee, it would be early in the morning so we could enjoy the balcony without any bugs. I might even make sure to pour out any excess water from the bonsai and mutter about mosquitoes and Zika interspersed between apologies for not having a coffee share since December. December! If we … More Weekend Coffee Share: Bakhtin, Bonsai, and Br. Monday

Original Child Bomb

On August 9th another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, though Hiroshima was still burning. – Thomas Merton On this day in 1945, the city of Nagasaki was bombed. In 1961, the priest-poet, Thomas Merton, responded with the “anti-poem,” “Original Child Bomb,” named after the Japanese word for the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. You can read … More Original Child Bomb

Lectio Resources

This past Monday, we looked at a monktastic way to read literature. So much of our daily reading is centered on gaining information quickly and with minimal effort. That’s not necessarily bad in itself since we need breaks and different levels of attention and some work should be done as efficiently as possible. But if … More Lectio Resources

How to Read Literature Like a Monk

I mentioned last Monday that I sometimes apply the monastic method of lectio divina (sacred reading) to the first few times I read a poem. Following Parker Palmer’s suggestion that students need contemplative reading practices to balance the institutional leaning toward shallow “speed reading,” Mike Ruso and Paul Corrigan developed a variant of lectio for literature that … More How to Read Literature Like a Monk