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Seeing this exquisite work of absolute beauty in St. Peter's Basilica was a highlight of my trip to Rome - and, traveling off-season that I could get up as close as possible was a huge bonus.
It is deserving of its fame as the most famous and awesome statue in the world: the expression on Mary's face, the perfection of every muscle, vein, and nerve ...
Michelangelo was only twenty-four when he carved his masterpiece - out of one block of marble. It was his only work that he signed (which he later regretted doing!)
Since 1972, it is housed behind bullet-proof glass due to a brutal attack in 1964 which took ten years to restore. (Photo and remarks by Maureen Spagnolo)
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~ Exploring the evidence of love
Written on November 28, 2017
The essay below was originally
published as a video on YouTube.
I've finally published the text version here, with all of the photos and artwork that are in the video.
Is it non-intellectual and foolish to believe that God exists? Is there any evidence in the world around us that will demonstrate that God exists and also show us what God is like?
I received the following message from God, in prayer on January 1, 2019, New Year's Day, during a Divine Writing Communion session.
~ See link at bottom for a formatted PDF version of this article.
The answers I receive have comforted me, inspired me, and surprised me. I believe that all people can communicate with God in this fashion. I also believe that because every person’s relationship with God is unique, the words that one person receives may or may not be relevant to anyone else. I believe that no one can be closer to each of us than God. Thus, we have to seek our own counsel with God in the most private and personal way.
Thoughts stimulated by reading Martin Prechtel's book, "Secrets of the Talking Jaguar".
The image of an arrow curving through its trajectory has come to me countless times as the metaphor for a life lived on earth. . .
What if there were wakeup stories to help us begin the day?
Imagine that when you wake up in the morning, there’s time to stay in bed a little longer to enjoy your favorite breakfast and listen to a wakeup story.
~ Seeing beyond the superficial level
I’ve been reading Robert Sardello’s book, Freeing the Soul from Fear. Towards the end of the book, he posits that one of the ways we can surmount fear . . .
Being friends in an age of enemies
It’s snowing hard in Maine this evening. Everyone who lives here will cope with it. It brings us into a single focus as people. The snowplow drivers and the police and ambulance workers serve everybody.
Thoughts about human communication
A while back my daughter and a dear friend of hers from New Zealand were talking and laughing during a Skype call. I walked through the room to get something and waved at the friend, over 9,000 miles away, who waved back.
~ CD Review ~
I love the bright colors of the landscape artwork on the cover because it is a perfect reflection of this primary colored music.
~ CD Review ~
I had the exceptional pleasure of first hearing Teresa Tudury at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival on Swan’s Island Maine in 2014. Her presence, her fluid and wild voice, guitar playing, humor and deep heart blew me away.
What are we capable of, as human beings? Can we become perfect or divine or magnificent? We look at grand figures in history or fictional heroes and heroines and feel instinctively that that is how we should be. Yet, “becoming perfect” or growing beyond the “normal” status of humans is extraordinarily difficult. We may sometimes grumble, “Nobody’s perfect. We’re just human.”
A Parliament of Quotes
~ An essay by Maria Popova of "Brain Pickings", about John Muir, and our connection to all things in the universe. ~
“I… a universe of atoms… an atom in the universe,” the Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman wrote in his lovely prose poem about evolution...
A 1963 British skit becomes a New Year's Eve television tradition in Germany, Sweden and other places ....
The shaman explains "The sacred plants are always willing to guide human beings. It is part of their mission. They want to help. All they ask for in return is the joy of healing"
We've adopted a wee kitten that we've named "Tovi Zoom Zoom."
A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer. "We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer," said Dan Aridor . . .
The shortest day of the year has been a time of reflection and celebration throughout human history. Please visit this link to learn about some of the traditions...
Follow the link for historian Bill Federer's highlights of the facts and myths behind the person St Nicholas...
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
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~ REVISED AND EXPANDED IN 2019 Apr 22, 2019
What is a human being? Who are we? What is our identity? Are we simply evolved from squirmy, squiggly, little things? Are we proud that we’re smarter than our granduncle Frankie the Baboon? Or are we created by a divine intelligence of love? If we are, what impact does that reality have on human relations?
Jan 28, 2019
The frozen tundra of my driveway
laughs in mockery.
Venture forth to step on me?
You may not.
My icy plates will rise,
encircling your ankles
~ YouTube Video and Audio Podcast Jan 27, 2019
Historically, religious people have prayed to God, and then tried to receive inspiration in return. Is there a way for us to communicate with God in a balanced and reasonable way?
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