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November 24, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Each fall, Great Books San Francisco hosts a Poetry Weekend. And if there’s one thing that I’m grateful for in this world, it’s poetry. I love to attend this event because of its hybrid nature. The first day is filled with reading and …

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October 27, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Viola Cordova was one of the first Native American women to earn a degree in philosophy. Born in 1937, she grew up in Taos, New Mexico. Embracing both her own past and her curiosity of the world, she discarded notions that philosophy should …

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September 1, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. The following poem is constructed entirely from Sections VI-XI from Chapter III (“The Order of Nature”) in Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality. To create the poem, I simply chose sections of text from Whitehead’s own words. Therefore, none of the remaining words …

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January 20, 2023 Thanks to Thomas Wells, HMU alumnus, for today’s blog. I recently published a book of poetry: Complexions of Being, which was inspired by my time at Harrison Middleton University. I graduated in 2019, and my study at the university played an integral role in motivating and shaping the poetry in this book. …

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December 23, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. Frost, an American icon, was one of few poets who achieved celebrity status. As the first poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration, he set many standards for our nation. Focused on country life, …

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September 30, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Some of the primary texts that we study at Harrison Middleton University date back to the Roman Empire. Obviously we use popular translations of these texts, but it is always a worthy exercise to look at the primary texts. Much information can be …

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September 9, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Like many American children, I grew up with the rhymes of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I still remember snippets of “Paul Revere’s Ride”: “[T]hrough the gloom and the light,/ The fate of a nation was riding that night;/ And the spark struck out by …

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July 29, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s blog. As I understand it, more than two hundred and fifty translations of the Tao te Ching exist. Looking for a chance to study language, poetry, and translation, I decided to compare a handful of versions of the Tao. Though there are a number …

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April 29, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Humans try to make sense of things. Is this a noble or foolhardy pursuit? In her book, In June the Labyrinth, poet Cynthia Hogue writes, “the labyrinth is not a maze but a singular way/ to strike ‘the profoundest chord’/ across aspire” (in …

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April 22, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Today is Earth Day, which celebrates earth’s wonderful variety. It is startling to think how small we are in the scope of things. That thought alone helps me attend to the beauty of this planet. From my window I can see a number …

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