Blog: Courage and Humility: Explorations

Posts about courage, mostly the quiet kind.

Pacifism and the Soldier–Part 3

By Greta Holt | June 20, 2018 | 2 Comments

‘Going to War’ by Karl Malantes, a Vietnam veteran and author of  ‘Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,’ and ‘What It Is Like to Go to War’  and war correspondent/author Sebastian Junger  is a documentary about soldiers in Vietnam and the Middle East. It aired on PBS on Memorial Day and can be accessed on Amazon…

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Pacifism and the Soldier – Part 2

By Greta Holt | June 13, 2018 | 8 Comments

Anabaptist Pacifism in the Western World : a Few Definitions and a Little History Next week we will take a look at “Going to War.” We’ll see the close friendships, patriotism, and sense of purpose that military life can bring. Today we’ll visit a brief history of pacifism in the Europe and the U.S., in which…

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Pacifism and the Soldier – Part 1

By Greta Holt | June 6, 2018 | 4 Comments

This post is greatly enhanced by the poetry of Ruth Naylor.   Photo by Anna Ogiienko on Unsplash   We all know that bravery is part of soldiering. The new documentary “Going to War” by Sebastian Junger and Karl Marlantes outlines veterans’ experiences and makes some interesting conclusions. There is more to soldiering than meets…

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Evidence of the Journey – Nancy Nordenson

By Greta Holt | May 30, 2018 | 4 Comments

Nancy Nordenson joins us again to finish our month of exploring life’s stages. Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul (Baker Books, 2004) is her quiet call to embrace faith, creativity, and wisdom. Please see below for a special offer on her books. Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash _____________________________________________________________ Evidence of the Journey…

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Courage, humility, and old age

By Greta Holt | May 23, 2018 | 8 Comments

In May, with spring in swing, we are looking at stages of growth. Nancy Nordenson began our month with a beautiful essay about middle life and the blessedness of not knowing the future. Then, Anny Rusk and Christina Hoover Moorehead showed us the importance of children’s play. Last week we looked at the Hero’s Journey,…

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Courage, humility, and the Hero’s Journey

By Greta Holt | May 16, 2018 | 6 Comments

  In May, with spring in swing, we are looking at stages of growth. Today, we look at the teens and twenties, which means, of course, The Hero’s Journey.   Photo on   All of us want to be the heroes of our own lives—not victims or villains, neither the whiners nor the addicts,…

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Choose Acceptance: children, reading, and play

By Greta Holt | May 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

In May, with spring in swing, we are looking at stages of growth. Oh, how we loved playing Kickball in Akron, Pennsylvania, across the street from MCC’s (Mennonite Central Committee) headquarters!  The alleys and streets rang with our kids’ cries of Go, go!, Kick it! and the inevitable, Not fair!  Photo by Priscilla Du Preez…

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Math, wisdom, and white sand

By Greta Holt | May 2, 2018 | 4 Comments

  Photo by Antoine Dautry on Unsplash In May, with spring finally in swing, we will be looking at stages of growth. My thanks to author Nancy Nordenson for contributing a chapter from one of her excellent books of spirituality,  Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul (Baker Books, 2004). Her quiet call…

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Courage, humility, and vulnerability

By Greta Holt | April 25, 2018 | 4 Comments

Courage, humility and vulnerability: But first, God speed, Winnie Mandela. Life was not easy. Mom and Dad knew Hugh Masekela in Botswana. He helped bring about the Botswana International School of Music. For a long time, we had the VHS of the 1987 Graceland concert, now it’s in DVD. The concert was held in Harare, Zimbabwe.…

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Courage, humility, and heights

By Greta Holt | April 18, 2018 | 6 Comments

Courage, humility, and heights: April is poetry month! My thanks to Jeff Gundy for adding immeasurably to this post by allowing me to present his poem Stringer below. Photo by KAP Jasa on Unsplash When I (Greta) was five, I pedaled my tricycle all the way down Grandma’s many concrete steps in Berne, Indiana, gaining…

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