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Significato Newsletter - 2016-003
Green leaves are budding on the maple trees outside our windows, despite yesterday's unexpected snowfall! Elsewhere though, the tulips are blooming in Washington, DC. We are proud to feature a Mother's Day sermon from a talented artist and minister, Sarah Shepley, from S. Paris, Maine. Also are inspirational words from the well-known author and monk, Thomas Merton, whose words are even more pertinent for us today. Mary Angela Douglas has allowed us to feature one of her elegant poems. Her style falls somewhere between Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

We are excited by the brilliant work of Evan Bayer and Gavin McIntyre who have devised a way to use mycelium (mushrooms) to grow a product that could permanently replace styrofoam packaging, and reverse the problem of non-biodegradable substances that choke our environment. We're proud to feature reviews on the exceptional music of Samantha Farrell, and The Ghosts of Johnson City. Enjoy! more
Significato Newsletter - 2016-002
Well, goooolllllleeeee! Spring is springing in the Northern Hemisphere. We were recently dismayed when our crocuses put on their Easter dresses in the sunshine and then were frozen to death by a rogue spring snowstorm a few days later. Regardless of the freeze and thaw pattern, the birds are chirping, the robins are here, and we feel the reliable tilt of the planet into a new season. Please enjoy these offerings and we send blessings and love to you and yours. more
Significato Newsletter - 2016-001
Greetings! It has been nearly ten months since we've sent out a newsletter. The Significato Journal website has been overhauled, making it fully responsive to mobile devices. We also changed some of the content categories. Adapting the journal to make it more readable became a priority for us. You can read Peter's brief report about that venture in an item below.

We send out prayers today for Brussels, Istanbul, Ankara, Beirut, Paris, and other targets and victims of armed Islamic jihad. We pray for everyone affected by gun violence, gang violence, verbal violence, and the illegal trafficking of drugs, human beings, and exotic animals. We send out prayers for the earth and its wild creatures, straining under pollution and misuse. We pray for all humanity coping with confusion, hatred, discontent, and sorrow.

Finding reasons to laugh, to listen to music, and to be joyful are essential to human survival. Reaching into our capacity to love, regardless of everything, is also essential. We can help the world, even a little, by tossing a dollar in the can of the homeless person, doing a bit of volunteer work, squeezing the aching shoulders of a loved one, or adopting a shelter animal. There is great hope with innovations like ShelterBox and the writings of great thinkers like Edward O. Wilson.

Thank you for visiting. We send blessings to you and to the great family of sentient beings spanning the globe. more
Significato Newsletter - 2015-005
Greetings from luminous springtime in Maine! We in the northern hemisphere are finally thawing out, surrounded by lush green leaves and fragrant blossoms. Enjoy the warmth wherever you are, and then read some inspiration here about people advocating for good. Our friend, Eiji Yoshikawa, has been visiting schools and inspiring young people to follow their dreams. Veronika Scott of Detroit invented a sleeping bag/coat to help the homeless. Virginia Woolf encouraged women 85 years ago to follow the call to write.

Despite the violent and cruel things happening across our dear earth, there are many people serving and contributing to strengthen the bonds between us living here. We send prayers to Nepal, and Syria, and all the places where suffering is dire. Thanks for reading. more
Significato Newsletter - 2015-004
Dear Folks, Last night was the Blood Moon Eclipse, which we couldn't see in Maine because of cloud cover. Last month we adjusted our clocks to Daylight Saving Time, and this weekend we celebrate Passover and Easter. Surely the earth is shifting with light and we are now between the phases of the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. All around us in the Northern Hemisphere (the only place we've ever lived,) the buds are blooming and the birds are singing, and the natural world is birthing its young. Enjoy these new beginnings and be blessed by nature's bounty. more
Significato Newsletter - 2015-003
Dear Folks, We've been listening to music and shoveling snow, and watching British television and shoveling snow. Now we are on the brink of spring, awaiting crocuses and daffodils but before they come we'll probably shovel some more snow. If you have the good fortune to live in a place where you're shoveling sand, well then you can thank your lucky stars! Please savor these few offerings and we'll soon be sending out another missive which is waiting in the wings. May blessings surround you as we move from the dark winter months into the light of spring. more
Significato Newsletter - 2015-002
Dear Friends: I have the great pleasure to announce that we will be publishing a new book soon, called:

The Living Compass of Kindness and Compassionate Love

~ Eighty-Eight Essays, Poems, and Stories about Building a World of Love and Beauty

This newsletter has the link to the announcement. more
Significato Newsletter - 2015-001
Dear Friends: We are sending a second newsletter, with just one item, as our first newsletter of 2015.

The headline is "The Beautiful Gifts of the Spirit World," and will hopefully prove to be inspiring as we enter the new year.

Love and blessings, Peter and Kim more
Significato Newsletter - 2014-007
Dear Friends, A large gap occurred between this newsletter and the last one that we published in July. We were assembling content in October, when I received word that my older brother had been placed under hospice care. I dropped everything and traveled to San Francisco where I sat by my brother's bedside. We had a lovely time reconnecting after the long time since we'd last seen each other. He passed away on November 12th. I took some time after that to ponder about life. Please forgive the tardiness of this newsletter, but know that Peter and I send it offering you blessings and prayers for the New Year of 2015. more
Significato Newsletter - 2014-006
Peter has written an essay about seeking an intimate relationship with the divine, and another essay about incarnational human rights. Henry Beston and his wife, Elizabeth Coatsworth, both now deceased, were 20th Century writers from Maine. We feature a brief excerpt from Beston's nature classic, "The Outermost House," as well as a lovely poem about a summer storm by Ms. Coatsworth. Severe typhoons have pummeled the Philippines twice in the last year: see how you can help. The video we posted featuring Valerie Taylor and her unexpectedly affectionate eel friend helps to reinforce our belief that all things respond to love. Enjoy! more
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