Spring Pilgrimage

“Lordynges,” quod he, “in chirches whan I preche,
I peyne me to han an hauteyn speche,
And rynge it out as round as gooth a belle,
For I kan al by rote that I telle.
My theme is alwey oon, and evere was
Radix malorum est Cupiditas.

~ Geoffrey Chaucer, The Pardoner’s Prologue

From the Ellesmere Manuscript

Chaucer’s Pardoner

Outrage at Iowa Republicans serves no useful purpose. Organize your family and friends, or your neighborhood or your social groups.


In our house such endeavors begin by getting to work. Making contact with potential fellow travelers is part of it. So is rejuvenating our spirits. Most important before departing on a pilgrimage, we must question assumptions that led us here, those that lead us on. To flesh out faulty timbers of a political view rendered obsolete by the recent election will take effort. The same indulgences, relics and stones will not serve. Soon work will consume us. Before it does, check the compass and kit bag.

Spring will be here soon and winter’s work is not finished. Begin  there. Today. Head outside with broom in hand and breathe the crisp air of our future… and organize.

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