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Updated: Feb 25, 2017
A Haunted Beauty

Maureen Spagnolo says about this shot: "A road less traveled - taking a turn off the main highway can lead to treasures like this one where one just has to stop and look: An abandoned farmhouse with a dusting of snow; a haunted beauty where folks once lived and flourished in Maryland." (Click on image to see larger version)
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Columns & Essays

Moby Mashed Potato
I’ve just come in from shoveling snow from the third consecutive winter storm this week. This, with the cartilage-free zones of my knees which are about to be guillotined from my legs and replaced with metal and plastic joints next month.
Phil Vassar - American Soul
~ CD Review ~
From the opening chords of “American Soul” I was riveted. Phil has an epic room-filling style.
Rick Adams - Curves
~ CD Review ~
Rick makes me smile because he comes up with little ditties that crack me up. “Boss Ain't Here”, includes the lines:
Jubilant Bridge
Jubilant Bridge - A Bell, A Bird, A Star
~ a gem of a Christmas album ~
One can hardly listen to Christmas carols any more without thinking about credit cards, discounts and smartphone apps. That’s why this album is such a treasure...
Roland Pearsall - Sell Your Soul
~ CD Review ~
It is always impressive when a person creates an entire album playing all the instruments and performing all the singing parts by themselves...
The Universe is Made of Love
~ received in prayer on New Year's Day, 2017
When two humans meet and regard each other as sacred creatures resonating with the love and beauty of the universe, a musical chord moves across the expanse. Real peace between humans is birthed at the soul level, where love begins. In that place, each human is equal, and free to resonate with their own unique and mysterious connection to the Source.
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.

A Parliament of Quotes

Mechthilde of Magdeburg - A Wondrous Place Where We Speak of Love

~ Visionary writing from a 13th Century Mystic ~
“That prayer has great power which a person makes with all his might. It makes a sour heart sweet, a sad heart merry, a poor heart rich, a foolish heart wise, a timid heart brave, a sick heart well, a blind heart full of sight, a cold heart ardent... 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

William and Michael Vanquish the Abominable Snow Mountains

The onset of heavy snow in deep Maine winter can be compared to that thing people say about a woman having a baby – that you forget what it’s like until it happens again.

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!
“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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Moby Mashed Potato
A Haunted Beauty
Phil Vassar - American Soul
Rick Adams - Curves
Jubilant Bridge - A Bell, A Bird, A Star
Roland Pearsall - Sell Your Soul
The Universe is Made of Love
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
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