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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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  • Perception

    Here is a remarkable clip of a Zen Monk from the Documentary Baraka released in 1991. What is it in us that can perceive stillness or silence, particularly in the midst of…

  • Andreas Feininger, 42nd Street as Viewed from Weehawken, NY, 1942.

    The Flash, a Passage by Italo Calvino

    “It happened one day, at a crossroads, in the middle of a crowd, people coming and going. I stopped, blinked; I understood nothing. Nothing, nothing about anything; I didn’t understand the reasons…

  • Minor White, Windowsill Daydreaming, Rochester,1958

    The Moment, by Marie Howe

    Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment when,  nothing happens no what-have-I-to-do-today-list maybe  half a moment the rush of traffic stops. The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be slows to…

  • Jack Kerouac, "Face of the Buddha," Pencil on Paper, 1958?

    Let It Rain

    Gurdjieff once said: “In the river of life suffering is not intentional. In conscious life suffering is intentional and of great value.” Setting all biases aside, I have been delving into the…

  • Lycurgus S. Glover, Winter Morning, Corner of Second and Canfield Avenues, Detroit 1905.

    Snow

    Snow. Watch how it falls, delicately and determined, blanketing everything in a slow silence. See how it covers the earth gently, flake by flake—collecting silently over the houses and the streets. People…

  • Gustave Caillebotte, Rooftops under Snow, 1878

    A Long Winter’s Nap

    This is a short, yet profound meditation on Christmas that I’ve held onto since it appeared in the Editorial section of The New York Times last year.  It is, in my opinion,…

  • Georgia O’Keefe, "New York with Moon," 1925

    Unexpected Intrusions of Beauty

    Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist once said: “I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived…

  • Kafka and the Little Girl

    Here is one of my favorite short stories that I’ve ever come across. It’s from a novel by Paul Auster entitled: The Brooklyn Follies.  In the book, Auster recounts a touching story…

  • Agnes Martin

    A Wordless Shock

    Author and painter, Agnes Martin wrote “When I think of art, I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye, it is in the mind.”…

  • Hans Kaden, "Path of Light," 1943.

    Longing For the Stars

    James Hollis, writer and Jungian analyst writes: “…the etymology of the word “desire” derives from the Latin desiderare,” “to long for,” derived from de sidere, “of the stars.” Is this the true…