Monday, May 9, 2011

Elissa Elliott, Interview #136

Name: Elissa Elliott           

Where you live: Rochester, MN           

What you do as a vocation or avocation? Author, blogger, and podcaster

Your two favorite books:  Usually it’s the one I’m reading currently, but I’ll play along and say Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible.

Your two favorite songs:  Again, this list comes from what I’m currently listening to, so let’s just say they’re Brandon Flowers’s “On the Floor” and Arcade Fire’s “Intervention.”

Why you are interested in spirituality?  I find it fascinating that the two main questions we want to ask are: Is there Something out there?  And how do we relate to that Something?  Obviously, the questions don’t come with easy answers.  If they did, we’d all believe the same thing…and obviously we don’t. Some have even gone on to reject the notion completely.  I long for discussions among people of different beliefs, I guess.  We don’t have too many (discussions) that are open-minded (or even civil) anymore.

Your favorite quote:Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

Your favorite web sites:

Your hero? A person who is kind.

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? How to love properly.

A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" Online, I’d have to say.  It’s the one venue I can find others like me, easily and safely.

Speaking: Wild Goose Festival on June 23, 2011, Shakori Hills, NC

Media: Facebook and Twitter

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