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Vol/Num: 2015-005
May 12, 2015

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From the Editors:
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.

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/columns/compassionate-pugilist/
A Boxer and Advocate for Nonviolence
Meets “Bad Students”
by Eiji Yoshikawa
May 9, 2015
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. more



/columns/musicviews/
Laney Jones and the Spirits – Sunshiny Exuberance!
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 28, 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. more



/columns/musicviews/
Spuyten Duyvil Give Earthy and Inspired Performance
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 23, 2015 ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 26, 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.] more



/bliss/front-page-images/
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.
Apr 23, 2015



/stories/poetry/
Departed Dove
~ Writer's Digest 2015 Poem A Day Challenge - Prompt: Departed ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 21, 2015
I found her by the door in still repose... more



/bliss/a-parliament-of-quotes/
Virginia Woolf - On the Track of the Lost Novelist
~ excerpt from "A Room of One's Own"
Apr 18, 2015
"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



/bliss/front-page-images/
The Beauty of Mama and Baby
We never tire of the beauty of seeing animals with their young in spring. Here is a mother elk and her fawn. May we protect the earth and its families in perpetuity. (Used by permission of forestwander.com via Wikimedia Commons.)
Apr 14, 2015



/help-the-world/
Sleeping Bag Coat Invented by Veronika Scott
Apr 12, 2015
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." more



/columns/musicviews/
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
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 11, 2015
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. more



/columns/musicviews/
Spuyten Duyvil - The Social Music Hour Vol. 1
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 9, 2015
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... more



/columns/musicviews/
Leslie Beauvais - Chemistry
Leslie Beauvais
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 8, 2015
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. more



 

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