A Spiritual Almanac

A Spiritual Almanac

A Spiritual Almanac is a short, daily podcast for on-the-go seekers and the spiritually curious. Around five minutes in length, each episode features a piece of writing from a well-known poet or spiritual thinker, and snack-sized vignettes to feed your soul and mind.... Show More

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February 25, 2021 5 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a piece of writing from the naturalist, John Muir, the first federal quarantine legislation and more. 

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, the reading from John Muir’s book, Our National Parks and plenty of other spiritual resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see A Passion for Nature: The ...

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February 24, 2021 6 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a dangerous political ideology, the unusual relationship of the brothers Grimm, and a poem by the Indian poet and social activist, Sarojini Naidu.

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Sarojini Naidu’s poem, “Song of a Dream,” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Sarojini Naidu...

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February 23, 2021 6 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about the end of a church, the beginning of a vaccine and a poem by the Italian writer, Cesare Pavese. 

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Pavese’s poem, “Passion for Solitude,” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese

“Passion for Solitude” by Ces...

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February 22, 2021 6 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about the unexpected spirituality of Andy Warhol, the opening of the first Woolworth’s, and a poem from G.K. Chesterton. 

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Chesterton’s poem, “The Convert,” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Wisdom & Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton. Th...

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February 21, 2021 7 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a poem from the Italian Franciscan, Jacopone da Todi, the Hindu festival of Maha Shivatri and the life of civil rights leader, John Lewis. 

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Jacopone da Todi’s poem, “As Air Carries Light,” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see Jacopone da T...

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February 20, 2021 7 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about Johannes Stoffler’s failed flood prediction, the photographer Ansel Adams and a poem by the South American writer, Delmira Agustini.  

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Delmira Agustini’s “I Live, I Die, I Burn, I Drown” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Making a Photogr...

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February 19, 2021 7 min

Today we’re talking about Kansas’ prohibition on booze, the life of the novelist, Harper Lee, and a poem from the Zen master, Ikkyu Sojun.  

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a complete transcript of today’s episode, Ikkyu’s “I Hate Incense” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Having Once Paused: Poems of Zen Master Ikkyu.

“I Hate Incense,” “Every Day, P...

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In today’s episode of A Spiritual Almanac, we’re talking about a poem from the feminist writer, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Twain’s publication of Huckleberry Finn and the life of the writer Toni Morrison.  

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find the complete transcript of today’s episode, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem, “Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat Nor Drink” and other resources at our website, www.Grano...

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February 17, 2021 5 min

In today’s episode of A Spiritual Almanac, we’re talking about a piece from the Christian mystic, Thomas Merton as well as the history and customs of Ash Wednesday.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find the complete transcript of today’s episode, Thomas Merton’s “Lenten Prayer” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton.

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February 16, 2021 5 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a piece from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, the Hindu holiday of Vasant Panchami and the origin of the words “God bless you” after a sneeze.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. Check out the text version of today’s episode, Edgar Lee Masters’ poem “Albert Schirding” and other resources at our website,www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see Spoon River A...

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In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a piece by Catherine of Sienna, Nirvana Day in the Buddhist tradition and the trial of Socrates.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. Check out the text version of today’s episode, Catherine of Sienna’s “Consumed in Grace” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com.

For additional reading, see The Dialogue of St. Catherine Of Siena: A Conversation With God On L...

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February 14, 2021 6 min

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about Elizabeth Barret Browning’s sonnet, “How Do I Love Thee?” as well as the religious and cultural roots of Valentine’s Day.  

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. Check out the text version of today’s episode, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet, “How Do I Love Thee?” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see Sonnets From the Portugese a...

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In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a poem by James Weldon Johnson titled “Deep in the Quiet Wood,” the fall of Baghdad, the trial of Galileo and the spirituality of talk show host Jerry Springer.

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. Check out the text version of today’s episode, James Weldon Johnson’s poem, “Deep in the Quiet Woods” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

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In today’s podcast, we’re talking about a poem by the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky titled “Listen,” Lincoln’s birthday and the formation of the NAACP, and the 1994 theft of Edvard Munch’s painting, The Scream.

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. Check out the text version of today’s episode, Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem, “Listen” and other resources at our website,GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see Backb...

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a poem by the Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli titled “In the Fog,” the establishment of Vatican City as an independent state, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, and the life of the actress, Eva Gabor.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, Pascoli’s “In the Fog” and other resources at our website, GranolaSoul.com

For additional r...

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a poem by the Sufi mystic, Rabia al Basri titled “Love Has Subjugated Me,” Amsterdam’s naked Anabaptists, and the life of Shirley Temple Black.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, Rabia’s poem, “My God and My Lord,” and other resources at our website, GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see Tales of Rabia Al-Adawiyya The Gr...

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a poem by the 13th-century mystic, Hadwijch, titled “Love Has Subjugated Me,” the creation of the US Army’s Chaplain School, and the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.   

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, Hadewijch’s “Love Has Subjugated Me” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a piece by C.P. Cavafy titled “An Old Man,” the appearance of the “devil’s footprints” in Devon, England, and the creator of the periodic table of elements.   

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, C.P. Cavafy’s “An Old Man” and other resources at our website, GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems, ...

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a piece by Sarah Orne Jewett titled “At Home From Church,” the social activism of equipment manufacturer, John Deere, and the near-destruction of the Portland Vase.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, Sarah Orne Jewett’s “At Home From Church”  and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see J...

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In today’s podcast, we’re looking at a piece by Saint Augustine titled “I Came to Love You Too Late,” the monarchy of Queen Elizabeth II and the spirituality of reggae legend, Bob Marley.    

A Spiritual Almanac is a production of Granola Soul. You can find a text version of today’s episode, Augustine’s “I Came to Love You Too Late” and other resources at our website, www.GranolaSoul.com

For additional reading, see On the Road With...

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