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Tempest Ophelia

The “I” of the Storm When a tempest strikes the moment is all that matters. The mind stands still, and a shallow thin breath is all the body tolerates in preparation for the worst. Fear of loss of my life strikes at the heart of reality. All I can do is remain alert, aware, and surrendered in prayerful meditation for the wellbeing and safety… Read More

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September Song

Ever notice how when autumn dawns the summer sun begins to shine cooler? Same sun just a little cooler. Less warmth in the air felt as the wind-swept ocean loses its calm more than yesterday… I find myself trying to focus the mind to stand still with the kind of effort which causes me to stop and wonder, why I’m trying so hard. In an instant… Read More

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Book Art: Tribute to Writer Joan Grant

  In a nearby township by the name of Mulranny, there exists The Greenway Antiques and Book Store located in an old thatch-roof historical building, owned by Roger Grimes and Vanessa Parker, the rare books collector. http://mulranny.ie/things-to-do/the-old-thatch-antiques-rare-books/             Browsing through bookshelf after bookshelf of old children’s books, I discover a forgotten, tainted, weather beaten, with a slight tinge of… Read More

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Paris, What There Is To Love

Through your mind’s-eye take a walk with me. Put on a pair of comfy runners and let your eyes feast on the streets of Paris. This visual palette just might tempt you (if you’ve never been to France) to imagine yourself there, to make a French treat, or to remind you of what you miss and love about Paris. Several years ago, my sudden… Read More

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Visual Literacy: The Art of Awakening

“The heart can understand something deeper than the mind, but Zen is far deeper than the heart. The heart can be just an overnight stay. While you are going towards your being, your heart, your art, your music, your dance, your poetry, your painting, your sculpture, can be just one night’s halt. But you have to go deeper. You have to reach to the… Read More

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Photograph of Transmission

“The true seeing is when there is no seeing.” – Shen Hui (670-762), Chinese monk, founder of Japan Heze Zen Buddhist School   The first time a silver print by Paul Caponigro (born1932, American photographer) crossed my path in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the image held me in place as I grew ever so gently, ever so tenderly receptive to its sincerity and purity… Read More

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Contemplative Photography

In mid-April, I started Christine Valters Paintner’s Eyes of the Heart, a six week online retreat that considers photography as a contemplative practice. The practice involves a form of meditation, using images as a basis of acknowledging and recognizing divine presence. Through photographs we witness the reality of this energetic force that vibrates in the ordinary and the everyday things we fail to see… Read More

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Passion For Michelangelo

Passion For Michelangelo The first time I saw Michelangelo’s Pieta, I felt as if I was standing on sacred ground. I received a similar sensation while touring the Sistine Chapel, contemplating the ceiling full of heaven from this master’s vision. In celebration of Mother’s Day, or as it is known in artistic circles as Creatrice Day, I share this Flipbook with you. Flipbook here:… Read More

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Art Dolls: Pen Pals That Heal

Art Dolls Creating A Healing Response:   When I was a child I made dolls out of pipe-cleaners, clothes pins, hair pins, twigs, matchsticks, toothpicks, even a plastic spoon. I’d take a walnut shell and imagine it a tub, a boat, a crib for one of my teeny-weenie stick figures. I’d spend hours dressing their figures, binding their frames with strips of newspaper, blades of… Read More

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Spring into Easter

Spring Into Easter It started with the creation of the world. God raised his hand and blessed everything that entered his imagination: everything He thought and sensed humankind would need and love. I’ve heard it said that the word Easter originated from the time when Eostre, the pagan goddess of spring was said to rule over fertility, abundance, the renewal and rebirth of all… Read More

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