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Vol/Num: 2016-003
Apr 27, 2016

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From the Editors:
Green leaves are budding on the maple trees outside our windows, despite yesterday's unexpected snowfall! Elsewhere though, the tulips are blooming in Washington, DC. We are proud to feature a Mother's Day sermon from a talented artist and minister, Sarah Shepley, from S. Paris, Maine. Also are inspirational words from the well-known author and monk, Thomas Merton, whose words are even more pertinent for us today. Mary Angela Douglas has allowed us to feature one of her elegant poems. Her style falls somewhere between Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

We are excited by the brilliant work of Evan Bayer and Gavin McIntyre who have devised a way to use mycelium (mushrooms) to grow a product that could permanently replace styrofoam packaging, and reverse the problem of non-biodegradable substances that choke our environment. We're proud to feature reviews on the exceptional music of Samantha Farrell, and The Ghosts of Johnson City. Enjoy!

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Freeing a Humpback Whale from a Nylon Gillnet
Heroic Rescuers Work Frantically to Free this Beautiful Young Whale
Apr 25, 2016
This is a miraculous video of a group of people who came upon this magnificent humpback whale entrapped in a gillnet. more

A Mother's Day Sermon from 2015
Sarah and Beryl Shepley
This Mother's Day sermon was given by Reverend Sarah Shepley at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Yarmouth, Maine, May, 2015
by Reverend Sarah Shepley
Apr 25, 2016
The poet Mark Nepo writes: “The place where beauty meets pain is where we bend, not break”.
For me, this passage describes the beauty of building up expectations and the pain of letting them go. more

Bishop's Garden Tulips
Bishops Garden Tulips
"Bishop's Garden's tulips (National Washington Cathedral) are receiving a helping hand from a visitor - and surely the heavens approve as the extra beam of light seems to imply." Comment from Maureen Spagnolo, who took this lovely shot.
Apr 25, 2016

It Isn't So Much Magic as it is Beauty
by Mary Angela Douglas
Apr 23, 2016
it isn't so much magic as it is, beauty
she said to herself coming upon the scene suddenly:
the unexpected snowfalls, the lemon leaf reigning more

Replacing Styrofoam with Packaging Made from Mushrooms!
Eben Bayer
Eben Bayer and Ecovative Design
Apr 23, 2016
Watch these videos introducing one of the most innovative Green Technologies created to date! more

Samantha Farrell - September Sun
~ CD Review ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 23, 2016
Samantha Farrell brings to mind the voices of Anais Mitchell and Nora Jones. She has exceptional powers of creativity. The subject matter, lyrics, musical accompaniment and production is a joy to listen to – more

Thomas Merton - The Rush and Pressure of Modern Life
Thomas Merton
Apr 22, 2016
“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence.” more

The Ghosts of Johnson City - Again!
Ghosts of Johnson City
~ Venue: Port City Blue, Portland ME ~ March 25. 2016 ~
by Kimmy Sophia Brown
Apr 16, 2016
Well, the last time I saw these guys I said I was going to see them again as soon as possible. So my son, Ranin, and I went to Port City Blue again with skads of other people, and the place was packed by 5:30 pm. more


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