Monthly Archives: October 2010

Haunted by Insulted Saints??

  To get you in the mood for Hallowe’en, try out this first paragraph of a ghost story by Robertson Davies, called The Refuge of Insulted Saints (like a scorpion, the sting is in the tail of the paragraph): “It … Continue reading

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A Touch of the Poet: Autumn Offering

I shall be Autumn this Halloween, with leaf draped skirt, and folds of boysenberry velvet wine flowing to the ground. Brown stained face, eyes rimmed in gold, nails dripping sunset, a crown of twigs to cover my head. You may … Continue reading

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ARS MORIENDI

(This reflection was prompted by reading Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, M.D. My review of the book can be found here.) When I was training for hospital chaplaincy some 20 years ago, I was very … Continue reading

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In Other Words: Fear Not!

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” The Talmud           All well and good for the grasses — but what about humans? Writer Madeleine L’Engle liked to point … Continue reading

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Three Greek Chicks, Sitting Around Talking

And rewriting history — There’s Cassandra, who knew it all, but couldn’t convince anyone else, and Pandora, who couldn’t leave well enough alone, and Penelope, whose husband came home REALLY late from the office. This is what those three women of Greek myth … Continue reading

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Her Welcome to the World…

Writer and blogger Pauline Clarke’s daughter Cassie finally delivered Adalina Bella, an independent-minded child, who arrived when SHE chose and not according to anyone else’s timeline. This is Pauline’s poem to welcome Adalina, and celebrate the wonder of a new … Continue reading

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Who Has Seen the Wind?

Three consecutive days of hard slashing rain had me waterlogged, mind, body, and spirit. On the fourth day a strong wind sprang up, and at last it whisked away the rain, but then the wind refused to depart, and stiffened … Continue reading

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Art/Life — Life/Art

And furthermore, in the process of art: How does this:     relate to this:     Check out Carol Gillott’s delightful blog, Paris Breakfasts, for the latest in art and fashion and their endless recyling. (And be thankful that … Continue reading

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And This is How Picasso Puts It —-

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. — Pablo Picasso

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An Erratic Journal: A Continuing Education

Whose education? Well, mine. Which begins in the Norman Rockwell Museum, and ends with a vital awareness you probably knew all along — but I had to come to it slowly, slowly, like this —- The Norman Rockwell Museum in … Continue reading

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