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“And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" ―Mary Oliver

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  • Yasunari Kawabata

    I rediscovered this remarkable photograph of Yasunari Kawabata today, the Nobel Prize winning Japanese short story writer and novelist. It made a strong impression on me. Possibly because of the the atmosphere or his…

  • The Work of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim

    I re-encountered the remarkable work of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim (October 24, 1896 – December 28, 1988), German diplomat, psychotherapist and Zen-Master recently in the autobiography of Alan Watts: In My Own Way. According to Wikipedia: Dürckheim was…

  • James George

    James George “Who am I? And for What?”

    Before I die, I want to understand what life is, and what or who I am. A few days before her death at the Prieure with Gurdjieff, Katherine Mansfield wrote in her…

  • Utterly and Magnificently … Useless.

    I started writing at the local library today, just a couple of blocks away from my house. I found an unoccupied table by a large window overlooking College Street. It turned out to be…

  • Andrew Wyeth, Off at Sea, 1972.

    Autumn

    The sun returns, pushing away the grey sky in forgiveness painted blue. Long shadows appear over the deck and the green of a small ficus tree is illuminated. The wind that rattled…

  • Holly Lynton | "Mean Ceiling," May 2004. C-print 17"x23"

    Thoughts and Plans

    “It’s a lovely morning.” Her breath escaped from her lips carrying the scent of a half forgotten dream. I opened my eyes and took in the sunlight that softened the walls of…

  • The Empty Page

    Dropping the anchor, To try to find the middle ground. Down into the “I don’t know” rather than the forms. There is a hesitation. In the chest, a question is uncovered. Is…

  • Gifts

    Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to see the Abstract Expressionist show at the Art Gallery of Ontario here in Toronto. The highlights for me were the shadowy hues of rich…

  • Patti Smith

    One Book Opens Another: Patti Smith’s “Just Kids.”

    When I started reading Just Kids, I realized that music was going to take center stage. …

  • To Be Bothered

    What does it mean to live within, and how do we approach this in the midst of the movement of life? What is taking place in me now within this vessel? Are…