A Few of Our Favorite Things | September 2018
It began as a simple request and question: “What have you read, watched, or heard lately that’s caught your attention?” When asked this, the MBS team went deep…
Our fearless founder and leader, Matthew Sanford, kicked things off with something he heard from a MIT Biologist on an episode of Radiolab. Matthew explains, “Based on the modern genetic/biological understanding, the answer to the age-old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? The professor said something like, ‘The egg creates the chicken in order to create more eggs. In other words, there are supercells in the egg that ultimately produce the organism of a chicken to ensure the production of more eggs. The living organism is just the vehicle.'” Listen to the full episode here.
Speaking of lines that make you reflect, our office manager and yoga teacher, Kathy Dahl, offered two quotes that became favorites for a participant that Kathy worked with in our Living ’til the End program:
“You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
“Maybe at death, there is a very beautiful meeting between you and yourself, and then you go together into the invisible kingdom where there is no more darkness, suffering, separation or sadness, and where you are one with all those that you love in the seen world and in the unseen world. Death in that sense is a time of great homecoming, and there is no need to be afraid.”
In the spirit of fall, Director of Programs, Amy Samson-Burke shared a favorite Mary Oliver poem, one that she has been returning to again and again:
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
Things took a mind-boggling turn when admin assistant and yoga teacher, Bethany Hutchinson, mentioned Neil Degrasse Tyson and this clip where he explains to Stephen Colbert what keeps him awake at night. Watch it here… and good luck sleeping tonight! (If you’re short on time, head to around 5:30 time mark of the video).
If you’re feeling like you need a release after those mind-bending suggestions, then Mary Pat FitzPatrick highly recommends looking up the band, The Mavericks. They’ve been around for a while but they’re MP’s new favorite! She saw them at the Minnesota State Fair, and said they were very energetic and entertaining!
Now, over to you! We want to know… what are some of your favorite things? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you’ve read, watched or heard lately that’s caught your attention.