Page 2: Amy Frykholm on the Classics
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by William Shakepseare
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This play meets me in so many different places. Sometimes it seems to be a play about the divided kingdoms of my own psyche, sometimes about sweep of history, sometimes about cultivating personal compassion and forgiveness. The play is dark and light, cruel and kind, immense and intimate.
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by Walt Whitman
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I have especially lived by “Song of the Open Road.” “I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes/ These are the days that must happen to you.”
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by Lao Tzu
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Last year when I had a long commute, I read this book over and over on the train. It has so much accumulated wisdom, it almost makes me question human evolution.
“See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.”
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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