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Gratitude: The Road Less Travelled (Part 1)

By Ben Palpant

If his name had been Tommy or Jack, this story wouldn’t need much explanation. And if it were normal for a doctor’s son to play with hospital patients, then I wouldn’t need to explain why I played Legos with Losokoi. The only normal thing about the situation was my motivation for playing with him day after day. He was a grateful kid. That, my friends, is a universal magnet. And I never saw him ungrateful even up to his death. But I get ahead of myself.

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Hutchmoot: Homebound Speakers & Musicians

By The Rabbit Room

We’re so excited to announce many more session leaders and musicians who will be joining us at Hutchmoot: Homebound 2021. And since it’s quite a long list of names, we found that the only suitable way to share them would be in classic summer-music-festival-fashion. Drumroll, please!

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August at North Wind Manor

By The Rabbit Room

With memories of Opening Week fresh in our minds, we’re excited to announce more free events at North Wind Manor throughout the month of August!

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artists & the pit of despair: John Hendrix, Kyra Hinton, and Jamin Still

By The Rabbit Room

Today we get to share with you the first of a new series of topical discussions around visual art. This category of content has been in mind since the conception of this project and is the main reason behind the name “artists &,” so we’re very excited to share it with you.

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As It Is

By Tim Joyner

[Editor’s note: Hanging above the mantle in North Wind Manor’s library is a starkly beautiful piece of art made by Tim Joyner, in collaboration with the old North Wind Manor. See, this work is comprised of found elements from the Manor as the Rabbit Room staff knew it from before it was restored: fragments and pieces of a history we wanted to preserve. The finished work is called As It Is, and one of the greatest joys of Opening Week was hearing Tim describe how it came to be, from conception to completion. Here is the text that he read to us.]

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Unhuman Communion: Tolkien on What Lies Near the Heart of Fairy Stories

By K. J. Pugh

My 11 year-old son desperately wants a dog. It is a frequent topic of conversation with many natural on-ramps. Every dog we pass in the park merits a remark on its size, coloring, or temperament—all in comparison, of course, to what his future dog would be like.

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A Path of Delight: Building the World of The Door on Half-Bald Hill

By Helena Sorensen

[Editor’s note: Our theme for today at North Wind Manor’s Opening Week is story, and this evening the Manor will host a Storytellers’ Night with Helena Sorensen, Andrew Peterson, Jennifer Trafton, Doug McKelvey, A. S. Peterson, and Jonathan Rogers. So here’s a piece from Helena about her journey from a flash of inspiration to a completed story in the writing process for her latest novel, The Door on Half-Bald Hill.]

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The Hutchmoot Podcast: The Striving Artist with Russ Ramsey

By The Rabbit Room

Tonight at the Manor, Russ Ramsey is speaking about the life and work of painter Henry Ossawa Tanner. So, as a companion piece to Kyra’s inspiring meditation from this morning, here is a session from Hutchmoot 2017 where Russ explores the life and work of another artist—Vincent Van Gough.

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Art Nourishes Community and Community Nourishes Art

By Kyra Hinton

[Editor’s note: Our theme for today at North Wind Manor’s Opening Week is art, and Kyra Hinton has contributed this meditation on a phrase that we use quite a bit at the Rabbit Room—”art nourishes community and community nourishes art.” If anyone knows what these words look like in practice, it’s Kyra, and here she reflects on two collaborative art projects she has facilitated with visual artists in Rabbit Room circles: Pass the Piece and artists &. We’ve also re-shared here the Pass the Piece video from Hutchmoot: Homebound 2020 and the first artists & video in case you’re hungry for more.]

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The Lost Art of Listening & A Conversation with Sara Groves

By The Rabbit Room

Our theme for today at North Wind Manor’s Opening Week is music. This evening, we’ll be celebrating the gift of music with a special Local Show at the Manor, and on our blog and podcast network, we’re highlighting a few pieces and conversations that engage with some timely questions: How do we listen to music? How have our listening habits changed over time? And what does it mean to become a better listener?

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Hutchmoot Podcast: Giving As the Angels Give

By The Rabbit Room

As a companion piece to Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson’s beautiful essay this morning, here’s a wonderful session from Hutchmoot 2019, given by Kirstin and Jennifer Trafton on the compelling hospitality to be found in George MacDonald’s life and work—his home as well as his books. You can listen to Parts 1 and 2 on The Hutchmoot Podcast.

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Opening Week at North Wind Manor: Online Offerings

By The Rabbit Room

Next week is a big week for us at the Rabbit Room. After several years of fundraising, renovating, and patiently waiting, we are finally ready to open wide the doors to our newly-restored community space, North Wind Manor! Every day next week, the Manor will serve as a venue for events centered around art, music, story, and community. But for those of us who are unable to attend in person, we have exciting plans for online content as well.

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