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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sunrise

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And then this: a gift freely given every day. Clouds floating on a sky like water. Fire above, mysteries of home below.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Ugly Duckling?

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I don’t buy it Mr. Andersen. Maybe the mother duck was surprised, overwhelmed, or even envious, but the baby wasn’t ugly, and she lied. We come into the world as beautiful cygnets. Every one of us.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Shadows

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If you’re afraid of shadows, look at them more carefully. Can you see how they reveal another dimension that is not otherwise apparent? New leaves grow in cracks, and shadows are beautiful.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Your Real Job

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Your job is to love. Everything else is your occupation.

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Lion’s Roar: Cutting through illusion to the heart of the matter

“There is no difference between theism and non-theism, basically speaking. Declaring an involvement with any kind of ‘ism’ turns out to be a matter of self and other. In fact, the whole question of self and other can then become very important. But if you really pursue any spiritual path, you will discover, surprisingly, that . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Lion’s Roar: Cutting through illusion to the heart of the matter

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Country life, and the glory of silence

I say aloud to myself, “Ahh…it’s so quite here! Thank God I moved to the country!” And the words reverberate warmly through the room, their sound highlighting by contrast the rich, glorious silence which they flow through, like ripples on a shimmering lake, the glint of sunlight reflecting diamonds all around. Not always am I . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Country life, and the glory of silence

Politics and its Discontents: A Doctor’s Perspective On Quebec’s Proposed Charter

While the proposed Quebec Charter of Values has elicited a variety of strong responses, some decrying it as thinly-veiled racism, others hailing it as a bold blueprint for secularism, there is something that up to this point has been missing from the debate: the fact that, whether openly acknowledged or not, there exists within . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Doctor’s Perspective On Quebec’s Proposed Charter

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Key of Keys

Egoless divine pride: the most glorious concept I have ever heard – from Tibetan Buddhism. The Uttara Tantra elaborates: There once was a prince, who lost his memory and forgot who he was. Lost in forgetfulness and confusion, he wandered aimlessly, and became a homeless beggar. Years later, a minister to the king came across . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Key of Keys

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Politics and its Discontents: A Friday Evening Thought

I came upon this excerpt of a much longer poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on Owen’s blog this morning in his Daily Literary Quote section.

… Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,…

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Shaun Fryday, whose faith community emulates his personal hospitality, to be this year’s recipient of the Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

Rev Shaun Fryday has been selected by Montreal’s United Theological College to receive the award, established by my late brother, at the UTC Convocation on May 8th, 2013. Fittingly, the ceremonies will take place in Shaun’s congregation of Beaconsfield United Church. When he received the news, Shaun is said to have been deeply moved, recalling . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Shaun Fryday, whose faith community emulates his personal hospitality, to be this year’s recipient of the Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

Progressive Proselytizing: Religion and Language: Quasi-Religious Terminology

There are a host of commonly used words in the English language which I like to call quasi-religious. Words like soul, spiritual, fate, mother nature, energy, and the like. These are words which have two sets of connotations, one which is spiritual and one which is largely secular, whose different meanings often get used interchangeably. . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Religion and Language: Quasi-Religious Terminology

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Two names to be added to Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

This spring’s presentation of the award in my brother’s memory will include a couple of firsts – two individuals are being cited and they’re from across the Canada-U.S. border in neighbouring Vermont. To be more accurate, one-half of the couple of Dr. Delores Barbeau and Carol Olstad, R.N. will be honoured posthumously as Carol, who . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Two names to be added to Craig Chaplin Memorial Award

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

On this post-COP 17 Sunday, with its indecisive outcome and the sad truth which that outcome reveals about the industrialized world’s myopia and its potentially lethal addiction to fossil fuels, let’s look to Albert Einstein for some wisdom. He said: We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. And . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

cartoon life: Buddha painting in progress III

Filed under: art, Buddhism, painting Tagged: acrylic, Buddha, canvas, in progress, painting, Siddhartha Gautama, spirituality . . . → Read More: cartoon life: Buddha painting in progress III

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

The Western world is still trapped in a paradox and a self-contradiction of our own making: we are schizoid with regards to the body, the material world and to our physicality. On the one hand, we have, as people of the modern world, embraced our physi… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

Progressive Proselytizing: Religion’s Changing Domain of Knowledge

Religion has long claimed ultimate Truth in two differing domains of knowledge: what is, and what ought to be; descriptive and normative; knowledge about the nature of the universe and knowledge of the morality of the universe. But these claims to know… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Religion’s Changing Domain of Knowledge

My journey with AIDS...and more!: There is no hierarchy in grief: Of Norway and Amy Winehouse

Please read this from Scott Dagostino, whose writing makes me admire the way his mind works. Being someone who might preemptively describe myself as naive (which endears me to world-wise friends and the ne’er do-well-alike), I must say the title … . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There is no hierarchy in grief: Of Norway and Amy Winehouse