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Updated: Dec 1, 2016
Acadia National Park - October Sky

Maureen Spagnolo, traveling north in Maine with her daughter and her dog, snapped this evening moment at Acadia National Park. The edgy mood of ebbing autumn is captured here. One can feel the approaching deep freeze of winter so close, as Jenna and Zumi play on the rocks.
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Columns & Essays

The God Who is Always with Us
From God, my Dear Beloved:
The more you become aware that I am made of love and with that love I am inhabiting you, living with you and as you, and also surrounding you with my embrace—the more you become aware of my presence of love, then the more you will be able to Be Love. You will grow into a Being of Love, expressing love with every breath, thinking and feeling love in every moment. Your nature that I created is to be love, to live as a Being of Love.
Post-Election:
Respect, Love, Compassion, and Unity
The 2016 Election has been one of the most vitriolic and divisive elections that I can remember. It's almost as if the United States has entered an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual civil war. Or perhaps a civil war of values. Forgiveness and unity after the election are states of mind and heart that I hope our country can attain.
Steve Greeley
Steve Greeley - Love Town
~ CD Review ~
The biggest thing I can say about Steve Greeley is where the hell has he been? This man is a profound talent – a classic 20th century popular songwriter.
Sarah and Beryl Shepley
A Mother's Day Sermon from 2015
This Mother's Day sermon was given by Reverend Sarah Shepley at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine, May, 2015
The poet Mark Nepo writes: “The place where beauty meets pain is where we bend, not break”.
For me, this passage describes the beauty of building up expectations and the pain of letting them go.
Samantha Farrell - September Sun
~ CD Review ~
Samantha Farrell brings to mind the voices of Anais Mitchell and Nora Jones. She has exceptional powers of creativity. The subject matter, lyrics, musical accompaniment and production is a joy to listen to –
Ghosts of Johnson City
The Ghosts of Johnson City - Again!
~ Venue: Port City Blue, Portland ME ~ March 25. 2016 ~
Well, the last time I saw these guys I said I was going to see them again as soon as possible. So my son, Ranin, and I went to Port City Blue again with skads of other people, and the place was packed by 5:30 pm.
Amy White
Amy White - Didn't We Waltz
~ CD Review ~
Amy White is half of the duo Al Petteway and Amy White, who have been in the music business for years and are talented to the bone.
Seth Davis
Seth Davis - Life is Long
~ CD Review ~
There's something gritty and honest in Seth Davis's music. I listen and listen to this album and I keep hearing new things. His voice sounds like Leonard Cohen.
Japanese Student Nanako Speaks Out in Support of Poverty-Stricken Filipino Boxers
As I visit schools, I come across a number of pure hearts. Nanako, a student in southern Japan, was thirteen when I first met her and is now fifteen. In July, 2015, she signed up for the local English Speech Contest. I said to her, “Win or lose, we don’t care. We care about people who never get any attention. The most important job is to tell people about them.”
Eternal Triune Marriage as a New Vision of Marriage
[a new, substantially revised version]
I believe that one reason marriages collapse before death intervenes is because the pledge of love until death contains an inherent limitation. If one assumes that marriage is only for one’s physical lifetime, then it may make sense to move on to a better marriage if the first one isn’t working out.
Ghosts of Johnson City
The Ghosts of Johnson City
~ Venue: Port City Blue, Portland, ME ~ January 29, 2016 ~
We walked in on a cold winter night and found a table up front. The five band members came in and set up, looking like lumberjacks fresh from the woods in their knitted hats and flannel shirts.
Clara Junken
Clara Junken - Out to See
~ CD Review ~
This woman can sing. My God. The CD starts out commanding my attention with the song, “You are the Sun” – a wailing slide guitar, and Clara making it very plain that she can express her pain vocally with an instrument that falls somewhere between Fiona Apple and Eva Cassidy.

A Parliament of Quotes

Maxim Gorky

The Power of Art - Maxim Gorky

A short story writer and novelist, known for his sympathetic accounts of tramps, criminals and peasants, in pre and post Communist Russia.
Born March 16, 1868 - Died June 14, 1936
The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. more

Mo' Bliss

Making a Ring with Oleg

In 2015 I was inspired to create a ring that had a very personal spiritual meaning to me—a ring that would represent my vows of love with the indwelling God. During my daily meditation practice, over a period of many months, I decided that I wanted to create a sterling silver ring with a design of silver irises on a dark green background.

Freeing a Humpback Whale from a Nylon Gillnet

This is a miraculous video of a group of people who came upon this magnificent humpback whale entrapped in a gillnet.
Skidompha Public Library

Visiting the Skidompha Public Library Book Shop

Peter and I love books. It's an addiction. Whenever we go out for the day, if we see a second hand book store we have to stop.

Help the World

The Re-Integration of Nature - Galen Fulford

Galen Fulford Biomatrix Water Systems creates floating filters that restore polluted water sources back to their original pristine condition. Watch this inspiration and very hopeful talk by Galen Fulford, Managing Director of Biomatrix.

Replacing Styrofoam with Packaging Made from Mushrooms!

Eben Bayer Watch these videos introducing one of the most innovative Green Technologies created to date!

Shoe That Grows

Kenton Lee was working at an orphanage in Kenya when he noticed that many of the children were either going without shoes or wearing shoes that were too small.
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.

Stories & Poetry

My Office is a Baked Potato, and other vegetables

My room is painted white and pale yellow
Indi

Dog at Dawn

Ghoulish numbers on the clock: it's three. Farewell sleep, I sigh,

It Isn't So Much Magic as it is Beauty

it isn't so much magic as it is, beauty
she said to herself coming upon the scene suddenly:
the unexpected snowfalls, the lemon leaf reigning

From the Editors

Peter Falkenberg Brown and Kimmy Sophia BrownWe are still actively looking for volunteer contributing editors and writers to help build the Significato Journal to its next stage. Contact us for more info if you think you would like to write something about nectar for the soul.

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The God Who is Always with Us
Post-Election:
Respect, Love, Compassion, and Unity
Steve Greeley - Love Town
My Office is a Baked Potato, and other vegetables
Dog at Dawn
Making a Ring with Oleg
A Mother's Day Sermon from 2015
It Isn't So Much Magic as it is Beauty
Samantha Farrell - September Sun
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