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"What a delight to read" Radical Presence, "at once so refreshingly immediate and yet far reaching in its implications." - Friends Journal "Radical Presence" is a book about our lives as well as our work, suggesting that the "secrets" of good teaching are the…read more

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Reflecting on the past and a hard-won sense of self, Mary O'Reilley is determined not to sacrifice or waste herself. At midlife, she writes, she is finally learning to withhold after years of struggle on paths set by her suburban childhood, her Catholic…read more

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This winner of the 2005 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets is a spiritual biography wound backwards, spiraling into the world rather than out of it. Here sacred inquiry is grounded in a passion for the natural world, resolving questions through…read more

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"I cannot imagine a person who would not find guidance in what Mary Rose says for all the far reaches of being alive, well beyond the work we do and the places where we do it." - Parker J. Palmer, author of "The Courage to Teach" It's no wonder that burnout…read more

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In her new collection, Earth, Mercy, Mary Rose O Reilley sifts through the debris of human habitation pink thong sandals, curlers, broken televisions looking for a kind of junkyard grace: Holiness enters again / turquoise fins, and the Cessna s carapace / lifts…read more

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Deciding that her life was insufficiently grounded in real-world experience, Mary Rose O'Reilley, a Quaker reared as a Catholic, embarked on a year of tending sheep. In this often hilarious book, O'Reilley describes her work in an agricultural barn and her…read more

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Transcendence can come in many forms. For Mary Rose O'Reilley a year tending sheep seemed a way to seek a spirituality based not on "climbing out of the body" but rather on existing fully in the world, at least if she could overlook some of its earthier aspects.…read more