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  • Photograph by Lynn Friedman, Winter Walk

    At the Dog Park

    I took my parents’ dog, Jake out for a walk in the park this morning. The wind was cold, and the trees were icy and barren. Jake didn’t care how cold it was. Immediately,…

  • With My Back To the World

    Martin’s writings are highly contemplative and display an active engagement in Eastern philosophies–especially Zen Buddhism and Taoism–and muse on her lifelong themes: sensibility, responsiveness, beauty, truth, inspiration, humility, and perfection.

  • Ernst Haas, “Route 66,” Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1969

    Uneasy Street

    “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” So taught the Gautama Buddha, some 2500 years ago, with his hands delicately poised in front of his heart. …

  • PHOTOGRAPH: Loretto Maryholme Spirituality and Retreat Centre, Roches Point, March, 2012

    Saint Julian Press

    I am delighted to announce that Saint Julian Press has published a poem I wrote titled “Preparation” on their website Saint Julian Press is a new nonprofit imprint whose mission is to…

  • A Good Question

    A few days ago while driving around Toronto with a friend, we started a conversation about what books we’ve been reading lately. I remarked that the current theme of Parabola’s Winter issue:…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…