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Notice to Our Readers: We are halting publication of the Significato Journal. It's been a lovely experience, but we have found that with limited time, we need to focus our efforts in new directions (which include book publishing). We have started to move content to our personal websites (https://peterfalkenbergbrown.com and https://kimmysophiabrown.com (Kim's website is not ready yet)). When that process is completed, we'll send out a final email to our SJ subscribers and invite you all to subscribe to our individual subscription lists. We'll post links to our other writers too, so that you can find their work. More to come... [Peter and Kim - May 26, 2020]
 
Updated: Jan 28, 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

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.
Smithfield Fair - Evermore
~ CD Review ~
One thing I must say about Smithfield Fair, they are prolific! They crank out the sounds, the songs, and the heart.
Moby Mashed Potato
I’ve just come in from shoveling snow from the third consecutive winter storm this week. This, with the cartilage-free zones of my knees which are about to be guillotined from my legs and replaced with metal and plastic joints next month.
Phil Vassar - American Soul
~ CD Review ~
From the opening chords of “American Soul” I was riveted. Phil has an epic room-filling style.
Rick Adams - Curves
~ CD Review ~
Rick makes me smile because he comes up with little ditties that crack me up. “Boss Ain't Here”, includes the lines:

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

Israeli Scientists May Have Found a Cure for Cancer

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 . . .

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...
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.

Stories & Poetry

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

A Day Off

I poured a bowl of kitty kibble
outside my room upstairs.
Throughout the night
I woke to crunching, 

The Time Signature of Night

The crickets sing their evening chord
the levels of their throats
what note
is that?

From the Editors

Peter Falkenberg Brown and Kimmy Sophia Brown Notice to Our Readers: We are halting publication of the Significato Journal. It's been a lovely experience, but we have found that with limited time, we need to focus our efforts in new directions (which include book publishing).

We have started to move content to our personal websites (https://peterfalkenbergbrown.com and https://kimmysophiabrown.com (Kim's website is not ready yet)). When that process is completed, we'll send out a final email to our SJ subscribers and invite you all to subscribe to our individual subscription lists.

We'll post links to our other writers too, so that you can find their work.

More to come... [Peter and Kim - May 26, 2020]

What's New

Cold Day
The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty
Dinner for One
Winter Solstice
Saint Nicholas
Pieta
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
What Do We Do Now?
The Time Signature of Night
The Scent of a Lady Bug
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