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Continuing The Celebration

It would be nice if we could all keep Christmas and Easter in our hearts every day, all year, wouldn’t it? Only that’s not the way it is for me, I know. I think my way of living into the Resurrection is to make art that invokes the feeling of that stone being rolled away in my own soul.

I hope this painting will provide a springboard of thought for you as you are celebrating this Easter season. My work, in […]

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One Day Of A Life

Maybe any one day of a life, even the most humdrum, has in it something of the mystery of that life as a whole. (Read more here.)

Image above (and on front-page mastheads): Electronic iPad image created by Rev. Dr. Marty Carney from his oil painting after the 1950 woodcut by Fritz Eichenberg, “Christ of the Breadlines.”

Words above by Frederick

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She Said “Yes”

She knelt beside the neatly planted rows

of cumin, dill, and mint. The clear March sky

was bright; a flock of birds flew high.

She pinched a leaf;

then, suddenly, she froze —

a voice had spoken. There was no one there.

It spoke a second time; she looked around.

“How can this be?” she asked the vacant air.

Once more it spoke, yet there was not a sound.

She paused again; her answer in her mind.

In thirty years and three, her words would find

an echo: “Not my will, […]

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Through One Window


While sitting in the doctor’s office, I was intrigued by the sky as seen through a rectangular window. The clouds were skittering by, yet the telephone wires remained in the same position. There became a visual connection between this view and how I reflected on people praying while at the doctor’s office…the wires becoming a conduit to God, the scenery changing but with light shining through.


Image above (and on front-page mastheads): Doctor’s Office Prayers – Like Telephone Wires by Chillon […]

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Beauty At Hand

Seen above, left (and on front-page mastheads): Grandmother’s Spoon; middle: The Fork That Will Not Stab; and right: Knife for P, from the Artifacts II series by Roz

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HAPPY IS THE ONE WHO walks otherwise

Than in the manner of the heedless

Who stands otherwise

Than in the way of the twisted

Who does not sit in the seat of the scornful

But finds delight in the loveliness of things

And lives by that pattern all day and all night…

Image above (and on front-page mastheads): Foretelling by Jim ApRoberts

Words above from Psalm 1 by Norman Fischer in Opening to You: Zen-inspired translations of the

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Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest


Just now

Always so

Truly so

The light will come out of the darkness

Out of all the struggles a great light will come

A new you too

In the harshest cold the weather is sunny

We mourn with those who experience the hardships of winter, may we commit to help them

The eye of the storm and in the shadows of death

May we fear no one but God

May we learn not to fear


Live on in winter, summer, spring and autumn


Spring (imagine that)



Into the moment

Heart and mind and […]

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Image above and on front-page mastheads: Christmas Morning by Virginia

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