Gazing in Wonder

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. – e.e.cummings Since everything has slowed down to a crawl these days, I have lingered longer while window gazing. For the past week or so hummingbirds have appeared to browse through the pussy willows in the woodlot just …

A New Renaissance

The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. …

Quest for Truth

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way. – Seamus Heaney Writers spend a lot of time searching for the right words to express barely understood emotions or to describe imaginary events. We live a great deal of our lives trying to understand the minds of fictional points of …

Creative Spirit

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. – Ansel Adams Each of us views the world through a unique looking glass. Our physical senses experience the world …

Art and Chaos

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness that characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. – Saul Bellow By stilling the mind, …

Words and Magic

Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power. – Sigmund Freud The creation of words put a magical spell on me as far back as I could remember. Before I began kindergarten my mother sat me down in front of an …

Find Your Purpose

A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given …

The Art of Vision

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible – Jonathan Swift Within and without – reality is a miraculous collage of impressions and expressions. Auras of sensations accompany everything and are revealed by changing perspectives. Divine spirits meld with seemingly mundane objects. The natural world sparkles from the presence of a wonderful purity. Visions abound …

Eternity in an Hour

To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower/ Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour. – William Blake We live within multiple worlds ever day. Our dreams, hopes, ambitions all influence our inner worlds to some extent. But there …