May is Special
"May you too reach toward the moon and stars"
Dear Cottage friends,
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To current paid subscribers, we’ve got great events coming up.
Third Thursday will actually be on May 25 this month — and we are hosting a live, in-person conversation with Jeff Sharlet, author of The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War. His earlier book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, was also a Netflix series. He’s an extraordinary writer, a brave public voice against Christian nationalism, and a professor at Dartmouth. Remember: all past recordings are at The Cottage Archive and you can listen to them at any time (or use them in Sunday school classes, book groups, etc.)
Summer special reflection series in July will be on the how we practice citizenship in these conflicted times. We’ll be focusing on Broken We Kneel, a book I wrote shortly after 9/11. More details will be forthcoming!
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May is beautiful at The Cottage! All manner of things are coming up in the garden.
An Iris Blessing
May your blooms be floriferous and in good form,
Distinctive, with good substance, flare, and airborne,
With standards and falls that endure, never torn.
May you display many buds and blooms sublime,
In graceful proportion on strong stalks each day,
Gently floating above the fans and the fray.
May you too reach toward the moon and stars,
Bloom after bloom, many seasons in the sun,
Enjoying your life, health, and each loved one,
Until your living days are artfully done.
— Georgia Gudykunst
(from the Tucson Area Iris Society)
A hidden wooden cottage
is much safer than a solid fortress standing
in an obvious place on the hill!
— Mehmet Murat Ilan