Delicious Stories with Tracy Rittmueller on WJON with Kelly Cordes–TRY FOOD. MEET PEOPLE. TELL STORIES.
As a regular segment of “It Matters with Kelly Cordes,” Tracy Rittmueller and guests will share interesting personal stories behind the wide diversity of food, art, and cultures present in Central Minnesota. Each month a local poet, writer, or artist will bring a cultural/family heritage recipe and a story, poem, or song that complements it.
Tracy Rittmueller is producing a Winter Party with Paints and Poems at the St Cloud public library on December 21, 2022,
Good Coupled Books: Read How To Be by Judith Valente and Paul Quenon, OCSO with Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano for Insights into Why True Friendship Is Necessary for Living Well
This article explores the books HOW TO BE and DEAR EDWARD in light of what it means not just to survive, but truly live—with the help of kindred-spirit relationships and soul-friends.
Good coupled books is a blog series where Tracy Rittmueller pairs an imaginative work of literature with a contemporary “storied-how-to” book with a focus on creating meaning, connection, and healing.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change… To accept life as it is, is to accept that I am not done changing and growing. Thinking I can control life makes it hard for me to accept change. Admitting my need for change requires an inner acknowledgement that I might have been wrong–I could been kinder, more patient, more loving. And that admission is painful. I also cling to a persistent fantasy that someday soon I will reach that happily-ever-after place in my story. But, the truth is, life is no fairy tale.
Poets live with silence: the silence before the poem; the silence when the poem comes; the silence in between the words, as you drink the words, watch them glide through your mind, feel them slide down your throat toward your heart …. —Michael Shepherd, “Rumi’s Silence” Silence, poetry and prayer have something in common—they connect us to the mysterious aspects of living. We can’t describe or explain mysteries. We can, however, experience them. I first learned about the benefits of silence through a long association with poets. More recently after becoming a Benedictine oblate, I’ve gotten to know monks and …
This blog post by poet and Benedictine Oblate Tracy Rittmueller begins with a reflection on the difficulty of learning to be compassionate with ourselves, and shows where to access all the free resources you need to begin practicing mindful self compassion.
In search of a vibrant, sacred way of life Do you want to explore the mysterious, wild regions of living a vibrant, sacred way of life? Maybe you feel called to be an artist—potter, painter, dancer, musician, poet, crafter, or doodler. Perhaps you want to associate with people who will help you grow in wisdom, because you’re seeking courage to devote yourself to the service of Love. If the words authenticity, connection, consciousness, peace, and gratitude speak to the mystical core of silence and solitude within you, I invite you to ask, “How?” Ask not what can I do? Ask …
This is part 3 of the series 8 Things Poets and Monastics Can Teach Us About Happiness; with 8 Poems to Make Life More Meaningful. For part 1 of the series, go here. About words…. We think we know what words are—the spoken sounds and written letters we combine to form sentences to convey what we mean. Words carry on conversations, broadcast news, spread rumors, make promises, utter threats, express complex emotions, form ideals, formulate questions, make peace, build a better world, destroy reputations, crush hope, and declare war. Words are powerful. Poets and monastics are word-centered people. Poets use words …