Truth of Imagination

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination. – John Keats As Keats wrote of the holiness of the heart’s affections… the heart-mind brings passion to life – incarnating the soul within the body. The heart beats on-and-on from the first breath to the last, …

With Minds Afire

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch Each of us is born with a miraculous spark of curiosity. This mystical gift sparkles in our mind’s eye from our first moment in this wondrous world. This remarkable extrasensory fascination has propelled humanity towards the unknown for …

Keep Hope Alive

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. – C.K.Chesterton This morning a dove appeared outside our window. Doves have been seen as a symbol of peace and hope for thousands of years. Our attention was called to the …

Feel Our Humanity

Fear makes us feel our humanity. – Benjamin Disraeli (A Prose Poem of Hope) A grim, gray fear fills the sky. Trembling uneasiness shivers in cold shadows. But shuddered windows and bolted doors offer little comfort. So many are greeted by dim wraiths in the mirror and shadows lurking down darkened halls,. Precious sweet dreams …

At Sunrise

At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear – Norman Maclean (A Prose Poem) Waking in the predawn hour, while the land slumbers, a transcendent power drifts through the sky. Mysteries cavort in the twilight zone between night’s end and day’s start. It is an indeterminate time for which there is no specific term. The …

World Full of Magic

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – William Butler Yeats The other morning my neighbor woke me up at 4:00 A.M. I was unable to go back to sleep. Before dawn I grumbled to myself through my morning coffee and breakfast. Setting out, I did not …

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 …

Hidden in Unlikely Places

And above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – Roald Dahl When I was a little boy, I spent every moment I could with my beloved grandpa. He lived …

Ripples of Hope

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of …