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Vol/Num: 2016-001
Mar 24, 2016

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From the Editors:
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.

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/help-the-world/
ShelterBox
Shelter Box
Founded in 2000, ShelterBox provides desperately needed housing when disaster strikes. Humanitarian organizations often supply food and medical supplies but sometimes cannot provide shelter. This is a brilliant life saving project that brings tears to our eyes.
Mar 18, 2016
Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. more



/columns/musicviews/
Seth Davis - Life is Long
Seth Davis
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Mar 18, 2016
There's something gritty and honest in Seth Davis's music. I listen and listen to this album and I keep hearing new things. His voice sounds like Leonard Cohen. more



/columns/compassionate-pugilist/
Japanese Student Nanako Speaks Out in Support of Poverty-Stricken Filipino Boxers
by Eiji Yoshikawa
Mar 17, 2016
As I visit schools, I come across a number of pure hearts. Nanako, a student in southern Japan, was thirteen when I first met her and is now fifteen. In July, 2015, she signed up for the local English Speech Contest. I said to her, “Win or lose, we don’t care. We care about people who never get any attention. The most important job is to tell people about them.” more



/stories/poetry/
The Depot
Lloyd Railroad Depot
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Mar 17, 2016
I left my suitcases. Inside were keep-sake rings and bracelets photo albums of my trip to Europe, more



/bliss/an-exaltation-of-creativity-and-bliss/
Goodbye Ague! Hello Snow Mantra!
~ I’m finally warm in the warmest coat in the world
by Peter Falkenberg Brown
Mar 16, 2016
My father and my aunt both had Raynaud's disease, which made their fingers turn white in the cold. Mine don’t do that, but my body doesn’t like the cold at all—not one little bit. more



/columns/culture-of-kindness/
Eternal Triune Marriage as a New Vision of Marriage
[a new, substantially revised version]
by Peter Falkenberg Brown
Mar 16, 2016
I believe that one reason marriages collapse before death intervenes is because the pledge of love until death contains an inherent limitation. If one assumes that marriage is only for one’s physical lifetime, then it may make sense to move on to a better marriage if the first one isn’t working out. more



/columns/musicviews/
The Ghosts of Johnson City
Ghosts of Johnson City
~ Venue: Port City Blue, Portland, ME ~ January 29, 2016 ~
Mar 15, 2016
We walked in on a cold winter night and found a table up front. The five band members came in and set up, looking like lumberjacks fresh from the woods in their knitted hats and flannel shirts. more



/bliss/an-exaltation-of-creativity-and-bliss/
The Significato Journal is Now a Mobile-First, Responsive Website!
~ with a restructure of content categories
by Peter Falkenberg Brown
Mar 13, 2016
We are very pleased to announce that the Significato Journal is now a fully mobile-first, responsive website! After zillions of hours of work, done during evenings, weekends, and days off, over a period of months, I was able to . . . more



/bliss/a-parliament-of-quotes/
E. O. Wilson - Humanity Today is Like a Waking Dreamer
Edward O. Wilson
~ Excerpts from "The Social Conquest of Earth" and "Save America's Forests"
Mar 2, 2016
“Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world.” more



/columns/musicviews/
Clara Junken - Out to See
Clara Junken
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Mar 2, 2016
This woman can sing. My God. The CD starts out commanding my attention with the song, “You are the Sun” – a wailing slide guitar, and Clara making it very plain that she can express her pain vocally with an instrument that falls somewhere between Fiona Apple and Eva Cassidy. more



/columns/musicviews/
Terry Kitchen -The Post-American Century
Terry Kitchen
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Mar 2, 2016
Oh this is fine pickin' and singin'. The homespunny opening number, “So Much More to Home” is a joyful and yearning song that opens the album with delicate harmonies by Mara Levine. more



/bliss/front-page-images/
Other Worldly Landscape
Other Worldly Landscape
The keen eye of our Photovoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, caught this multi-textured winter shot. Hard to imagine the coming thaw in a scene like this. We're proud and grateful to feature the work of this extraordinary artist.
Mar 2, 2016



/help-the-world/
Aldo Leopold - Land as Commodity or Community?
Excerpt from "Sand County Almanac"
Nov 30, 2015
“Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. more



/bliss/front-page-images/
Great Falls Barn
Our photovoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, took this dreamy autumn photo a month ago. Even though winter is encroaching upon us now, it is good to savor the beauty of autumn, because it is so fleeting.
Nov 24, 2015



/columns/culture-of-kindness/
Freedom from Tyranny
Freedom from Tyranny: A Manifesto of Human Rights for All
A Manifesto of Human Rights for All
by Peter Falkenberg Brown
Oct 5, 2015
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”? more



 

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