Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST February 28th 2022

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For this session we read an excerpt from This is Happiness by Niall Williams, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “What are you chewing on these days?

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from This is Happiness by Niall Williams

I couldn’t meet his eyes. I took a bite of the bread.

    The thing about Doady’s brownbread is when you take a

bite of it you’ve taken a bite out of the elements, earth, air,

fire and water all, and while your mouth negotiates with the

grainy dryness now made a ball by the moisture of the butter,

while you realise that by an alchemy of bakery the lump of

the bread in your mouth is bigger than it seemed in your

hand, keep chewing, and that there’s nothing you can do now

because you’re getting a first-hand practical demonstration of

what Duns Scotus called Thisness, keep chewing, the dense

solid mass of the undeniable, you can say nothing for a bit.

You can wave at a couple of drowsy bees warmed awake and

delirious on the early coconut of the furze blooms. You can

make a low throat sound to signal you’ll say something shortly,

but while you’re eating Doady’s brownbread, keep chewing,

you’re gagged by the essential stuff of substance, that insists

on its own primacy, that, like life itself, is partways laughing

at you and partways saying Take me seriously, because other-

wise it may just choke you. So, I said nothing for a bit.

3 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST February 28th 2022

  1. Patricia D.

    I am chewing on the Ukrainian tragedy and am choking on its bones and blood.
    In fact, I have lost my appetite altogether since the war exploded.
    I want to send food (rather than funds) to the children huddled underground so they can fill their tiny bellies with brown bread.

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  2. michele348

    So, what am I chewing on these days…
    ~ enjoying life
    ~ watching the squirrels scurrying up the broad trunk of the pin oak, how do they run so fast?
    ~ listening to the sounds of the snow geese as they make their annual flight and stopover
    ~ calming my aching heart as I watch the innocents being trampled upon by that big, ole tough guy
    ~ comparing the childhoods of my grandchildren to my childhood, for me a big, worn-out cardboard box was THE best and would beat an x-box any day
    ~ anticipating the coming days of spring and summer, with the warming sun and the sweet scent of lilies of the valley just outside my front door
    ~ being thankful that I am here and well on this glorious day

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  3. al3793

    What am I chewing on these days?

    Sirens. Every time I turn on the news
    I hear sirens blaring
    blaring like an off-tune sharp over Ukraine
    and I wonder, “how can this be”
    flirting with a third world war?
    I want to cover my ears.
    It makes flirting with the beguiling songs and
    tresses of the mythic lures of the Straight of Messina
    seem like a confrontation at an elementary school playground.
    Ballistically irrational.
    I have lived so much of my adult life
    responding to the call of the siren
    a summons to pause, to help.
    Now it is a summons to pray with deep intent that we sidestep
    conflagration and that the world truly desires that peace prevails.

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