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Updated: Apr 24, 2014
A Red Bud Tree and a Mermaid

Mermaid and Red Bud Tree

Spring is gorgeous in the purple blossoms of the Red Bud Tree. The mermaid sits below her, far from ocean waves, enjoying the mysterious flowering, longing for the deep green sea. This was taken by Maureen Spagnolo, near her home in Washington, DC.
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Columns & Essays

Shoot the "Wow"
Sunny Fall Morning So, we've been taking photographs for years and years – shots of our children growing up, and of their special days, and maybe if we’re old enough, shots of our grandkids.
A Short Narrative on a Love for a Man Caught in Smoke
~ Tom Waits ~
My love for Tom Waits makes me blush a good blush. ...When I think about the 1979 Australian interviews with him [on The Don Lane Show] … as he’s buckled over in uncomfortable cigarette smoke, crooked as an old tree, and not much older than me, with grunting side smiles, rocking side to side, I find myself dreaming ...
Mary Fahl is a Diamond in the Sky of Song
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland Maine ~ April 18, 2014 ~
Mary Fahl ... She has a voice for the ages. She’s not a placid, sing-songy, half-way kind of person. She engages her whole being with her voice, and pours the passion into it. She throws her head back and becomes a column of light. ...
Kim Taylor - Love's A Dog
~ CD Review ~
Kim Taylor Kim Taylor is an Indie singer/songwriter from Cincinatti. She writes songs with marketable hooks ala Sheryl Crowe, but has a bluesy side more like Susan Tedeschi. Her husky and expressive voice is woven admist strong musical arrangements.
Why I Like to Pray
Dalai Lama in Edinburgh I have a morning ritual where I get up and read a little, write in my journal, and then pray and meditate. I take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours depending on how much time I have on a given day.
Tall Heights – Man of Stone
~ CD Review ~
Tall Heights My heart is torn open by the beauty of the young male energy which surges from these compositions and performances. It’s hard to believe that this group is only two guys with a guitar and a cello.
The Plainfields Bring Hope and Relief
~ EP Review ~
The Plainfields This EP is a joyous and laid back excursion into lovely memories and contemplative moments. The seven songs are full of light and love. You won’t find any rage or angst here. The EP notes state that it was created based on their love of nature...
Jason Anick and Friends Conjure Musical Alchemy
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ February 6, 2014 ~
Jason Anick They started out with a Django Reinhardt tune. I closed my eyes and I felt the stresses of the day fall away. These guys were so good, I relaxed into their excellence.
Susan Cattaneo Excels with "Haunted Heart"
~ CD Review ~
Susan Cattaneo It is an honor to hear an album of this caliber. Susan Cattaneo conveys exceptional qualities here. In fact, I get the sense that the musicians who collaborated with her feel that way too.
Dar Williams and Kat Goldman - Musical Women of Depth
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ February 1, 2014 ~
Dar Williams I find myself frequently saying, “That was the best concert I’ve ever been to” – and I mean it every time I say it. So I say it again! Why was it the best concert, you might wonder?

A Parliament of Quotes

"Pay Attention When You Feel Love and Enthusiasm"
~ From "The Untethered Soul," by Michael Singer ~
The Untethered Soul "If you really want to stay open, pay attention when you feel love and enthusiasm. Then ask yourself why you can’t feel this all the time. Why does it have to go away?" more

Mo' Bliss

Crone Nomad: Life in Hawaii Water

Spinner Dolphins
Yesterday I sat on black lava rocks gazing out over the cobalt waters of La Perouse, watching for signs of my old friends, the spinner dolphins. They often come into this sandy bottomed bay, to sleep after a night of hunting.

Cookie the Giggling Penguin

Cookie the Penguin
“Cookie is a ‘Little Penguin’ and the mascot of the Zoo Bird House [at the Cincinnati Zoo.] I shot this video while working there as a Guest Keeper for book research and for my blog, Parrot Nation.” (Patricia Sund)

The Happy Cows of Kuhrettung Rhein Berg, Germany

Happy Cows
This video needs little explanation – the obvious joy of the cows bounding from the barn into the field, and the tears of joy from their caretakers say it all.


Help the World

Abraham Lincoln's Manful Role As a Father

Abraham and Tad Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln's life has been revisited in newspapers, books, and TV documentaries during this year's [2009] bicentennial anniversary of his birth. Interestingly, little attention has been paid to Lincoln as a parent.

Wello Water Wheel and Hippo Water Roller Project Serve People and Save Time

One of the greatest hardships for people in developing countries is obtaining clean water for basic needs such as drinking, cooking and washing.

Saving the Planet One Glass Water Bottle at a Time

We started looking for alternatives to plastic water bottles. My wife and daughter drank water out of glass mason jars. I didn’t like them. We tried metal bottles. I thought they tasted like metal. Yuck. We bought glass bottles filled with green tea and other things, but I became frustrated because I discovered that the lined, plastic bottle caps started to smell raunchy, even if I boiled them and washed them. Perhaps my nose and palate were too delicate, but I abhorred the bacteria laden smell of old water bottles. The bottle caps seemed to be an insurmountable problem.

“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.


Stories & Poetry


Petals Some people get old before they’re old.
Life’s pain spins an exoskeleton
that restricts
and chokes,
and bends the spirit into frozen shapes.

The Sorgum Cows

~ Written in January, 2003 ~
The Sorgum Cows The cows stand stunned
They are snow trimmed
Like tractors and trees

After the Farm

Stirring me stirring me stirring me
The things that lie sleeping inside
Skeletons rise and soulful searching
Awaken to things once denied


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.

What's New

A Red Bud Tree and a Mermaid
Shoot the "Wow"
A Short Narrative on a Love for a Man Caught in Smoke
Mary Fahl is a Diamond in the Sky of Song
"Pay Attention When You Feel Love and Enthusiasm"
The Sounds From the Flowers
Kim Taylor - Love's A Dog
Abraham Lincoln's Manful Role As a Father
Why I Like to Pray
Crone Nomad: Life in Hawaii Water
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