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Updated: Jan 15, 2019
Pieta

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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Columns & Essays

2019 New Year's Day Divine Writing Message:
Open all of your senses to my continuous embrace of love.
I received the following message from God, in prayer on January 1, 2019, New Year's Day, during a Divine Writing Communion session.
Divine Writing Communion Selections
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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.
What Do We Do Now?
Thoughts stimulated by reading Martin Prechtel's book, "Secrets of the Talking Jaguar".
The Arc of a Life
The image of an arrow curving through its trajectory has come to me countless times as the metaphor for a life lived on earth. . .
Wakeup Stories
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.
Fear, Prisoners, and Roses
~ 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 . . .
How Can We Practice Civil Discourse in the Public Forum?
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.
Separations and Connections
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.
New Latitude - Vantage Point
~ 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.
Teresa Tudury - Such Fine Things
~ 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.
Can Humans Become Beings of Love?
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.”
The True Identity of Humans
The True Identity of Humans
How we view other humans is closely tied to how we view ourselves. Who are we? What is our identity? To me, this question is one of the central questions of life on earth. I believe that the answer goes far beyond opinions and belongs instead to the realm of scientific truth. As much as we can all finally agree that the world is round, I believe that one day we’ll all agree on a clear definition of the true identity of humans. The science that proves this will undoubtedly boggle our minds. Until then, I believe that the proof rests in our hearts.

A Parliament of Quotes

The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty

~ 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... more

Mo' Bliss

Dinner for One

A 1963 British skit becomes a New Year's Eve television tradition in Germany, Sweden and other places ....

Plant Healing and Shamanism in the Deep Amazon

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"

Our Lovely New Kitten: Tovi Zoom Zoom

We've adopted a wee kitten that we've named "Tovi Zoom Zoom."

Help the World

Winter Solstice

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...

Saint Nicholas

Follow the link for historian Bill Federer's highlights of the facts and myths behind the person St Nicholas...

Native Plants

I was blown away when I read Toby Hemenway's seminal book, "Gaia's Garden". It is a textbook on permaculture gardening techniques, that in some sections reads like poetry.
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.

Stories & Poetry

The Frozen Tundra of My Driveway Laughs in Mockery

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
     with imbalance.

Cold Day

~ 2003 ~
The tips of trees on a pale winter sky
are like broken capillaries on a sad old face, they
feather out against smudgy clouds
on a black hill

Video: A World of Sacred, Eternal Human Beings

~ YouTube Video
How can peace come to the world? How can humans grow beyond an endless cycle of violence, hatred, and tragedy? What can each of us do to become individuals that foster peace wherever we go?

From the Editors

Peter Falkenberg Brown and Kimmy Sophia BrownWe are still actively looking for volunteer contributing editors and writers to help build the Significato Journal to its next stage. Contact us for more info if you think you would like to write something about nectar for the soul.

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The Frozen Tundra of My Driveway Laughs in Mockery
Cold Day
Video: A World of Sacred, Eternal Human Beings
The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty
Dinner for One
Winter Solstice
Saint Nicholas
Pieta
Divine Writing Communion Selections
Shout Out to Fiona Ritchie, Quiet Ambassador of Celtic Music
A Day Off
Native Plants
Magical Earth
Plant Healing and Shamanism in the Deep Amazon
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