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"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine." This quote from William Shakespeare really expresses the beauty and bounty of summer. We hope these pages uplift your soul along with the yellow beams of sunshine, the cooling forest greens and the bright calm of the summer sky. Thanks for checking in with us.
(By the way, we haven't sent out a newsletter as soon as we would have liked because I just went through two total knee replacement surgeries, and between the meds and the pain I was in no condition to create anything. Thanks for your patience! - Kim) more
Blessed be the coming spring! As Scottish ecologist and thinker Sir Patrick Geddes said, "By leaves we live." His simple observation is almost a mantra for meditation. Soon the miracle of new leaves and flowers will burst before us in all their color and fragrance, birds will find mates and build nests, and all the other animals will follow in kind. May our love for this earth protect and care for her as we navigate our way through all the human drama and folly. Hopefully, we will rise above what ails us and meet the future with wisdom and much, much love. Teresa of Avila once said, "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so do that which much stirs you to love." We might add, let our thinking be love-centered as well. more
Today is the eve of the 2016 presidential election which will decide who will hold the office of President of the United States for the next four years. Whatever the outcome, whoever wins the election, we offer a prayer for our country, for cooperation and unity among the American people. We pray we can be big-minded and open-hearted, conscious of protecting and caring for our beloved planet and all its inhabitants. We pray that the notion of winning and losing can be redefined by a mindset that winners are those who include everyone, remember everyone, respect and honor everyone.
Recent politics, however, have not been very inspiring to many of us. Instead, we may find inspiration from the music, art and books that the anointed ones have given to us, and by the beauty of the natural world. Please take comfort from the words of Maxim Gorky, the music of Steve Greeley, the artistry of Oleg the jeweler, and the high minded innovation of Eco-Activist Galen Fulford and BioMatrix Water. Let's ponder our lives as we go into the dark months ending this year. May we be guided by divine love. more
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! more
Well, goooolllllleeeee! Spring is springing in the Northern Hemisphere. We were recently dismayed when our crocuses put on their Easter dresses in the sunshine and then were frozen to death by a rogue spring snowstorm a few days later. Regardless of the freeze and thaw pattern, the birds are chirping, the robins are here, and we feel the reliable tilt of the planet into a new season. Please enjoy these offerings and we send blessings and love to you and yours. more
Greetings! It has been nearly ten months since we've sent out a newsletter. The Significato Journal website has been overhauled, making it fully responsive to mobile devices. We also changed some of the content categories. Adapting the journal to make it more readable became a priority for us. You can read Peter's brief report about that venture in an item below.
We send out prayers today for Brussels, Istanbul, Ankara, Beirut, Paris, and other targets and victims of armed Islamic jihad. We pray for everyone affected by gun violence, gang violence, verbal violence, and the illegal trafficking of drugs, human beings, and exotic animals. We send out prayers for the earth and its wild creatures, straining under pollution and misuse. We pray for all humanity coping with confusion, hatred, discontent, and sorrow.
Finding reasons to laugh, to listen to music, and to be joyful are essential to human survival. Reaching into our capacity to love, regardless of everything, is also essential. We can help the world, even a little, by tossing a dollar in the can of the homeless person, doing a bit of volunteer work, squeezing the aching shoulders of a loved one, or adopting a shelter animal. There is great hope with innovations like ShelterBox and the writings of great thinkers like Edward O. Wilson.
Thank you for visiting. We send blessings to you and to the great family of sentient beings spanning the globe. more
Greetings from luminous springtime in Maine! We in the northern hemisphere are finally thawing out, surrounded by lush green leaves and fragrant blossoms. Enjoy the warmth wherever you are, and then read some inspiration here about people advocating for good. Our friend, Eiji Yoshikawa, has been visiting schools and inspiring young people to follow their dreams. Veronika Scott of Detroit invented a sleeping bag/coat to help the homeless. Virginia Woolf encouraged women 85 years ago to follow the call to write.
Despite the violent and cruel things happening across our dear earth, there are many people serving and contributing to strengthen the bonds between us living here. We send prayers to Nepal, and Syria, and all the places where suffering is dire. Thanks for reading. more
Dear Folks, Last night was the Blood Moon Eclipse, which we couldn't see in Maine because of cloud cover. Last month we adjusted our clocks to Daylight Saving Time, and this weekend we celebrate Passover and Easter. Surely the earth is shifting with light and we are now between the phases of the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice. All around us in the Northern Hemisphere (the only place we've ever lived,) the buds are blooming and the birds are singing, and the natural world is birthing its young. Enjoy these new beginnings and be blessed by nature's bounty. more
Dear Folks, We've been listening to music and shoveling snow, and watching British television and shoveling snow. Now we are on the brink of spring, awaiting crocuses and daffodils but before they come we'll probably shovel some more snow. If you have the good fortune to live in a place where you're shoveling sand, well then you can thank your lucky stars! Please savor these few offerings and we'll soon be sending out another missive which is waiting in the wings. May blessings surround you as we move from the dark winter months into the light of spring. more
Dear Friends: I have the great pleasure to announce that we will be publishing a new book soon, called:
The Living Compass of Kindness and Compassionate Love
~ Eighty-Eight Essays, Poems, and Stories about Building a World of Love and Beauty
This newsletter has the link to the announcement. more
“The Epiphany of Zebediah Clump”
Watch our first film right here.
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 ~