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Posts by Lucus Keppel

Daily Quote: John Keats

‎”Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully…

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Daily Quote: Ursula K. LeGuin

‎”It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on.” -Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Disposessed” (1974)

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Daily Quote: Martin Luther King, Jr.

‎”On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,…

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Daily Quote: Wendell Berry

“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with…

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Daily Quote: Thomas Merton

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” – Thomas Merton, 1968

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Chicken Soup for the Cold

Note: The following is an actual conversation held in the Volunteer House. Names have not been changed. Week-Ago-Me: Isn’t it great how we’ve been here for two months and no one has gotten sick? Week-Ago-Margaret: Yeah! We’ve been living in close community, but we’ve been good about eating well and taking vitamins. Week-Ago-Eva: Hey, you…

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I’ll Teller when I get there…

This weekend, Eva and I had a chance to travel to Teller, north and west of Nome on the Seward Peninsula. Here’s a map: Is there anywhere else in the country where you can say, seriously, “I’ve been on all the roads”? I can’t think of one, other than Hawaii and other islands – but…

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Mooseloaf – It’s What’s for Dinner!

I went on something of a cooking kick this weekend – making everything from Risotto to Pita Bread to Mooseloaf over the course of several days. Since we didn’t even have moose meat until Saturday night, that’s saying something. I’m not really sure where this interest in cooking came from, but it’s been wonderful to…

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South Seas: Nome

Hi! I’m Lucus Keppel, the latest of the KNOM volunteers to arrive in Nome – nearly a month and a half after Josh started the ball rolling on this year’s crop of volunteers. I’m really excited to be here! As a seminary graduate with a background in radio broadcasting, this position is an ideal way…

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