I sometimes mention Thomas Merton & Wendell Berry on these pages as I think their writings have a lot of good life examples for the reader. Quite often difficult to put into practice, but still useful nonetheless. I became acquainted with Merton's writings about 20 years ago when I was browsing the photo books in the public library. He was an interesting monk who was known worldwide for his poems, books, and pacifism. The above excerpt is from a really nice article written for the Courier Journal by Frederick Smock. Here's a link to the full version.