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Updated: Apr 17, 2014
The Sounds From the Flowers

Cherry Tree Over Water

Maureen Spagnolo snapped this lovely old cherry tree in Washington DC, stretching itself over the Potomac River. We've paired it with this haiku from Matsu Basho:

"The temple bell stops.
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers."

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Columns & Essays

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?
Powerful Collaboration by Sorcha and the Clearing
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ December 19, 2013 ~
Sorcha and the Clearing took the stage after a fine performance by opening act, Rusty Belle. Sorcha is well-known in Portland for her diverse musical ability and great voice. Although she has played a lot of roots music, this five member band expressed more of her hard driving sound.
Rusty Belle Takes Us By Surprise
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ December 19, 2013 ~
Rusty Belle The sidewalks were frozen and everything had the pallor of a winter night as I arrived for this event. There was a nice crowd gathering, carrying their pints of Funky Bow Oatmeal Stout to their seats. Rusty Belle arrived just before 8 o’clock.
Patty Larkin is a Christmas Angel
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ December 13, 2013 ~
Seeing Celtic musical priestess, Patty Larkin, live and up-close was indeed a Christmas blessing! The house was packed with fans anxious to hear the two-set concert. Patty came out looking fabulous, with her long red curls, tight jeans, a jacket and little red ankle boots. All I can say is, people over sixty sure look different than when I was a kid!

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

"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
Tall Heights – Man of Stone
Winter's Last Howl
The Plainfields Bring Hope and Relief
Cookie the Giggling Penguin
Feel good about life
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