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Updated: Oct 6, 2015
Sidwell Friends Tree in Spring

Sidwell Friends Tree in spring

Our friend, the Sidwell Friends tree, is shown here in captivating light and early bloom. This was taken by our dear Photovoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, a week ago or so. We've coupled the photo with some verse by Christina Rosetti from her poem Spring.

The sap will surely quicken soon or late,
The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;
So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,
Or in this world, or in the world to come:
Sing, voice of Spring!
Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.

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Columns & Essays

Freedom from Tyranny
A Manifesto of Human Rights for All
Freedom from Tyranny: A Manifesto of Human Rights for All The tragic fraud of tyranny is revealed with simple questions, asked to its victims: “Are you unhappy, living under tyranny? If there were no retribution of any kind, would you like to be free to do as you pleased?”

The answer may be slow in coming, for tyranny is a destroyer of dreams. Yet, over time, which soul, created from the same star stuff, would say, “No”?
A Boxer and Advocate for Nonviolence
Meets “Bad Students”
Since December 1, 2001, after I returned to Tokyo from New York City, where I was volunteering during the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, schools, cities, and corporations started inviting me to give motivational speeches.
Laney Jones and the Spirits – Sunshiny Exuberance!
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
Laney Jones has an innocent persona brimming over with love for music and song, and so does her band. They opened Wednesday evening for the formidable Spuyten Duyvil, who was just as charmed by her as we were in the audience.
Spuyten Duyvil Give Earthy and Inspired Performance
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
Spuyten Duyvil played their hearts out on Wednesday evening. If you’ve heard their new CD, The Social Music Hour Volume I, then you know the gritty sound and feeling of their music.
[Editor's note: We are featuring both a live performance and CD review of Spuyten Duyvil.]
Hanneke Cassel - Live at One Longfellow Square
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 8, 2015 ~
with Mike Block and Christopher Lewis
Special appearances by Lauren Rioux and her students
Joe Walsh, Ed Pearlman, and Lily Pearlman
A big crowd showed up Wednesday evening to hear Hanneke Cassel. Hanneke, who looks like a Nordic goddess, took the stage flanked by the hardy-looking Christopher Lewis on guitar, and the extraordinary Mike Block on cello, who is by the way, Hanneke’s husband.
Spuyten Duyvil - The Social Music Hour Vol. 1
~ CD Review ~
Right off the bat, lead singer Beth Jamie Kaufman urges you to “Keep Your Skillet Good and Greasy.” The innocent may wonder, hmm, what does she mean by that, but she does not fail to draw the listener in...
Leslie Beauvais - Chemistry
~ CD Review ~
Leslie Beauvais Leslie Beauvais has the bell-like voice and enviable range of a Disney princess. Chemistry is a collection of thirteen original or collaboratively penned tunes by Ms. Beauvais.
John and Rachel Nicholas - Here You Are
~ CD Review ~
John and Rachel Nicholas The music of John and Rachel Nicholas is all about passion. I hear it in the harmony of their voices and in the music and lyrics they write. I saw them last summer at the Swans Island Sweet Chariot Festival.
Douglas Day - Barefoot to the Sea
~ CD Review ~
Douglas Day - Oddfellows Hall, Swans Island, Maine On the idyllic cover photo of his 1993 album "Barefoot to the Sea", athletic and handsome Douglas Day is gripping a guitar in one hand while leaping above ocean waves.
Dave Duplissey:
Salt & Pepper with Creole Seasoning & Tasty Jazz
~ CD Review ~
Back in the '80s and '90s soundtracks were filled with saxophone solos. You heard them everywhere. On television and in movies and commercials—just everywhere.

A Parliament of Quotes

Virginia Woolf - On the Track of the Lost Novelist
~ excerpt from "A Room of One's Own"
"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet..." more

Mo' Bliss

Singing to Bentley

"Bentley is my rescued 9-month-old pot-bellied pig and resident of the sanctuary I founded, EARTH Animal Sanctuary," explained Corinne DiLorenzo, who is also a trained opera singer.

Peter and the Christmas Russian Hat

I got an unexpected gift of money at Christmas, so I went online and found a hat that I had been looking for, for quite a while.

It's a Russian Ushanka hat, and it's one of the warmest hats in the world. It's made in Canada, from Mouton Sheepskin, which is the warmest fur for wet snow climates like Portland. (It's incredibly soft.) Beaver is the warmest for dry cold, according to the company.

Capsule Review: PhraseExpander 4 is a 5-Star Program

All in all, I vote wholeheartedly for PhraseExpander. Version 4 solved the major issues that I had with it, and I’m now very satisfied with the program.


Help the World

Sleeping Bag Coat Invented by Veronika Scott

Veronika Scott states on her website Empowerment Plan that the mission of her company is "to educate, employ and empower homeless individuals to create a better life for themselves and their families while producing a humanitarian product for those in need."

Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World

Paul Stamets is a scientist, an inventor, and the author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the World, as well as other books.

Winter Plant Musings

It is late February. Blanketed with snow in New England, it’s hard to remember sometimes those plant roots underneath in the depth, waiting. I love to think of them – their energy pulled in, gathering. Soon. And in the meantime, the night sky often reveals such clear, bright stars it takes my breath away.

“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
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Stories & Poetry

Departed Dove

~ Writer's Digest 2015 Poem A Day Challenge - Prompt: Departed ~
I found her by the door in still repose...

To Be A Monster

Writer's Digest Poem a Day Challenge, Top Ten Winner for Day 27, 2014
wumpus Monsters like the sight of blood, and dragging victims through the mud.

July Storm

Elizabeth Coatsworth Like a tall woman walking across the hayfield
the rain came slowly, dressed in crystal and the sun.


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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What's New

Freedom from Tyranny
A Boxer and Advocate for Nonviolence
Meets “Bad Students”
Laney Jones and the Spirits – Sunshiny Exuberance!
Spuyten Duyvil Give Earthy and Inspired Performance
Sidwell Friends Tree in Spring
Departed Dove
Virginia Woolf - On the Track of the Lost Novelist
The Beauty of Mama and Baby
Sleeping Bag Coat Invented by Veronika Scott
Hanneke Cassel - Live at One Longfellow Square
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