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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
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
Summer, summer summer! We thought it would never come. Everywhere we look is the ample, vital, opulent wealth of green leaves, the intoxicating fragrance of lilacs and wild roses, the insistent lawns poking up again soon after mowing, the incessant chatter and song of birds building nests and raising young. We are excited when we see bees on the clovers and wild flowers, and we pray for their survival. We hope for the coming of the butterflies too, and the bats at night, and for the bounty of our gardens, and wild herbs and berries. Summer is a welcome guest, we cherish her brief and sunny visit! more
As I look out my window I see bright green buds on the lilac bushes, I hear birds singing in the trees, and see the grass awakening. This morning in the rain, I saw worms on the pavement. (Why do they do that?) In this volume of The Significato Journal, Photovoyant, Maureen Spagnolo, has advice about photographing what you're passionate about, Grace Brown wrote about her love for musician, Tom Waits, and we are featuring a review of singer, Mary Fahl, in concert. Don't miss her if she has a show in your area, she is a force of nature. We hope this finds you well and we wish you an ecstatically happy spring! more
Dylan Thomas wrote; "Here in this ornamental winter, Down pelts the naked weather", and boy did we experience that in North America this year. But April has come now, and the birds are nesting, the earthworms are wiggling, and some of us are hanging our warm coats away for a while. Please enjoy the morsels here including a lovely swim with whales in Hawaii with guest writer, Leslie Foxfire Stager, as well as learning a bit about the huge parental heart of Abraham Lincoln in an article by William Kashatus. Thank you for joining us, and enjoy! more
When Spring seems long in coming, we suffer awaiting the warmer temperatures, the appearance of blossoms and migrating birds. This year has seemed especially hard, with tempests and storms and the lashing of severe temperatures and precipitation falling upon us. We long to feel the warm sun shining on our heads, and to see and smell the blossoms in our gardens.
We long to see the birds building their nests, and once again plant seeds in the spring mud. We feel gratitude for all the faces of life on this sacred planet, and know that when she is ready, earth will awaken in the Northern Hemisphere to the call of spring, as she closes down in her winter cocoons in the Southern Hemisphere. We thank Mother Nature for her constancy and honor her timetables. more
Even though we still have snow on the ground in Maine, we were blessed with the appearance of dozens of robins this week - hopefully a herald of spring. Last month we ran a feature on the problem of human trafficking by Maureen Spagnolo.
As well as sharing bits about inspirational inventions or musical events, we want to get the word out about things we can do to help the world. Our prayers are with those at the Sochi Olympics right now, hoping that the model of worldwide friendship reflected in the games can help with greater understanding and harmony across the world. Please enjoy this issue of Significato. Blessings to all. more
The wonderful thing about a year's ending, is that it is right next to a new year's beginning. As we reach the end of this year, and review our personal lives, and the state of the planet, there are many things we can resolve to let go of that no longer serve us, and improvements we can make right now for the sake of all. Mr. Mandela's advice is particularly fitting at this time. At any moment we can decide to begin anew, calling in attributes that will enhance our lives and those around us. May love flower in the hearts of humanity, and transform this beautiful earth into a place of harmony and peace. Blessings to all in 2014. more
Eleanor Roosevelt's words resonate just right as the year 2013 winds down. The leaves in the northern hemisphere are falling while new growth begins in the southern hemisphere. The universe carries on in its inimitable way while human beings seek deliverance from confusion and sorrow. We pray our consciences may indeed grow tender, for that may be the key to solving everything. We wish you blessings. more
The summer has finished, the autumnal equinox has passed, the harvest moon has waxed and waned, and we are slowly feeling cooler temperatures! To quell your shivering, Peter has written about the warmest coat in the world. Maureen has more excellent photography advice, and we have a sampling of poetry and music. Plus, we have joyous news about beagles freed from laboratories. Enjoy! more
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
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Tag Cloud~ A Chortle of Humor ~ A Concatenation of Software ~ A Dram of Health ~ A Meditation of Spirituality ~ A Murmuration of Movies ~ A Parliament of Quotes ~ A Potpourri of Resources ~ A Soupçon of Foodieness ~ A Worship of Writers and Books ~ An Antiquity of Bygone Writings ~ An Ecstasy of Nature ~ An Exaltation of Music ~ An Illumination of Art ~ An Incredulity of Cool Stuff ~ CD Review ~ Children's Stories ~ Culture ~ Economy ~ Education ~ Environment ~ Family ~ Film ~ Freedom and Human Rights ~ From the Back Porch ~ HeartQuestions ~ Interviews ~ Letters from the Compassionate Pugilist ~ Music Review ~ MusicViews - Music as a Bloodstream ~ One Longfellow Square ~ Peace ~ PhotoVoyance ~ Plays ~ Poetry ~ Service ~ Short Stories and Novellas ~ The Culture of Kindness ~ The Green Wheel ~