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Vol/Num: 2011-002
Aug 12, 2011

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/columns/musicviews/
An Enthralling Evening with Vishten
An Enthralling Evening with Vishten
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ July 14, 2011 ~
I was swept away from the first note and heard myself let out a big sigh after the first song. The tension was leaving me and I was all ears and heart, awaiting the onslaught of more beauty. more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/
Christina Siravo's Whimsical Art
Christina Siravo’s Whimsical Art
I had to have the goldfinches and put them on immediately (of course, I bought them first!) and went on to receive numerous compliments on them whenever I wore them. more



/bliss/a-meditation-of-spirituality/
Listen Beloved
Listen Beloved
The main blockage to happiness and accessing Divine love is not hearing the guidance you ask for. You do not wait. You can have anything you want, and you can ask for anything. more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/front-page-images/
He Maketh Me to Lie Down in Green Pastures
He Maketh Me To Lie Down in Green Pastures
Any way you look at it, this line from the Psalms of David is incredibly poetic and seems to fit this image of countryside in New Zealand. Oh, to just lie down there and be! Wow! Taken by photojournalist, Grace Brown, author of The Continuous Wander blog.



/bliss/a-parliament-of-quotes/
Humor - from The Healing Runes by Ralph Blum and Susan Loughan
Humor - from The Healing Runes by Ralph Blum and Susan Loughan
“Pushing yourself too hard? Doing too much for others? Break the pattern. Have a giggle. Lighten up. And always remember: Humor is the mildest detergent of them all.” more



/columns/musicviews/
Maura O’Connell Teaches Me to Be a Better Listener
Maura O’Connell Teaches Me to Be a Better Listener
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ June 3, 2011 ~
Those low notes held me captive and fascinated. I wanted to lie down on them -- they made me think of a soft bed. I realized that as a singer, she catches my attention and helps me hear things on more than one level. more



/columns/culture-of-heart/
A Mystical Search for the Meaning of Crayons and White Paste
~ the first day of the first grade at age fifty-six ~
For me, life has been a long process of finding out who I am and what I love. I feel rather like a man who was covered in honey and rolled in flour, across the years of my life, collecting bits and baubles and dabs of dirt all the while, and then dumped in the desert completely naked with the decree to "figure it all out" in my own good time. more



/stories/short-stories/
The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump
The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump
Zebediah Clump was doomed. Knowing this, his interest in life had taken a sharp left turn into the toilet of resentful destiny. All that was good was flushed away.

He had never been a happy man. Aging, overweight and bald, Zebediah had spent decades drinking from a glass that was half empty. Every bird dropping that fell on his fine new automobile convinced him that Chicken Little was a depressingly prescient bird of death. more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/front-page-images/
Fahrvergnügen - the German word for "driving pleasure"
Fahrvergnügen - the German word for "driving pleasure"
"This small lady bug was crawling up a stalk of grass when I noticed it in my backyard. I liked how the bright red bug popped out against the green grass. I used a macro lens to get right up close." This photo was taken by the just-graduated artist / musician / filmmaker, Caleb Austin. The polished, bright red lady bug seems to be driving on the grass, enjoying the pleasure of the moment. Or maybe she's looking for breakfast. Whatever she's doing (or he?), we can feel the warmth of the summer day.



/columns/musicviews/
What is MusicViews?
An overview of the MusicViews column and a note about submissions. more



/bliss/a-murmuration-of-movies/
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Au Revoir Les Enfants
This film is based on the childhood experiences of director Louis Malle. As an eleven-year old boy he attended a Catholic boarding school in France during World War II. more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/front-page-images/
Which came first - the Chicken or the Goat?
Which came first - the Chicken or the Goat?
"My chickens and goats seldom interact with each other, but for a moment these two had a quick staring contest. The chicken relented first and went on its way," comments eighteen year old student photographer/filmmaker, Caleb Austin, of Bruington Virginia. We love the suggestion of spring warmth in this bucolic scene.



/columns/musicviews/
A Wild, Incendiary Performance by Caravan of Thieves
A Wild, Incendiary Performance by Caravan of Thieves
Venue: One Longfellow Square Portland, ME ~ April 22, 2011 ~
We decided to attend based on a few seconds we’d seen of a video in which they were joyously and rhythmically pounding on a wooden trunk, garbage cans and other objects on stage. more



/bliss/a-dram-of-health/
Immunity Take Care Works!
Immunity Take Care Works!
I staggered into Whole Foods, hot with fever, my body feeling as though a thousand dwarves from Arda were pounding me with their mean little hammers. more



/bliss/a-parliament-of-quotes/
The Most Beautiful Thing
The Most Beautiful Thing
~ Albert Einstein ~
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." more



/columns/musicviews/
Po' Girl on the Road with Peter Mulvey
Po' Girl on the Road with Peter Mulvey
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland ME ~ April 1, 2011 ~
Allison Russell and Awna Texiera are like enchanted panpipes -- the music flows through them like fiber optic cables. Their faces are beautiful and luminous when they sing... more



/columns/musicviews/
Peter Mulvey on the Road with Po' Girl
Peter Mulvey on the Road with Po' Girl
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 1, 2011 ~
Mulvey’s musical teeth were cut while playing for years in the Boston subway. He seems totally at home on stage and has that sort of vital male energy that emanates like sunshine, the way fit muscles burn calories at rest. more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/front-page-images/
Kingdom of Blossoms
Kingdom of Blossoms
"I had to stop to take a few shots driving past this dramatic scene of The Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC. The sky was so gothic, the magnolia trees so full, and romantic. Plus, enough sun was filtering through to highlight the flowers," said photojournalist Maureen Spagnolo. (We think the effect is almost like a Sleeping Beauty Castle.)



/bliss/a-concatenation-of-software/
A Sad Ventura User Finds Joy with Serif's PagePlus X5
A Sad Ventura User Finds Joy with Serif's PagePlus X5
~ a software review of desktop publishing software ~
My first task was to get it from Ventura to PagePlus, and it was then that I felt my first thrill of desktop publishing joy with PagePlus. I had published the document as a PDF, and was very, very pleased to see how elegantly PagePlus imported the PDF into the PagePlus format. more



/stories/poetry/
Rest
Rest
'I want to live by the sea' said I. Where the air breathes full. A gentle rebirth every moment. more



/bliss/a-parliament-of-quotes/
Judge Every Person by His Merits
Judge Every Person by His Merits
~ Rebbe Nachman of Breslov ~
"Know this: you should judge every person by his merits. Even someone who seems completely wicked, you must search for and find that little speck of good, for in that place he is not wicked." more



/bliss/an-illumination-of-art/front-page-images/
Early Melt
Early Melt
"Why I like the Early Melt photo is that the young man, walking out of the frame, seems to represent spring (youth) leaving ol' man winter. The photo was taken at the end of February at Muddy Creek, Swallow Falls Park, Oakland, Md. A warm spell caused an early melt of the frozen falls, though ice covered the trails making walking impossible," says photojournalist, Maureen Spagnolo, March, 2011



/help-the-world/freedom-human-rights/
Women For Women, Join Me on the Bridge, 2011
Women For Women, Join Me on the Bridge, 2011
I had the joy of meeting people - women, and men - who care deeply about women victims of war - enough to take the time to meet on the Duke Ellington Bridge on a cool, cloudy day, and holdup placards, and talk to passers-by about the need to care, and help. more



/help-the-world/service/
Helping Japan
Helping Japan
The devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 has left many of us wanting to help but feeling confused about how to do so. more



 
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