WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday “is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” — Brad Paisley

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE — A REVIEW

My take on U2’s extraordinary new release SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. U2’s SONGS OF EXPERIENCE – A REVIEW U2’S SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, arduous in the making—three years, nine producers, fifteen engineers—is outstanding both musically and lyrically, a classic in sound and vision, but for the occasional overreach for updated uber ‘relevance’. To me the ‘production’ focus … Continue reading

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross’ Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1936 has been called “a masterpiece of eloquence.” There are some obvious religious overtones and what might these days be called gender bias, neither of which I endorse, but it’s still worth reading. Here it is in its entirety for 2017: “Timeout of mind at this turn of … Continue reading

EDWARD DOWDEN POEM FOR FALL (IF IT EVER GETS HERE)

Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading

WISHING ALL A HAPPY HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR

“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” ~ Carl Friedrich Gaub  

HOLIDAY WISHES ON THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season. “There are ten strong things. Iron is strong but fire quenches it. Fire is strong but water quenches it. Water is strong but the clouds evaporate it. Clouds are strong but the wind drives them away. Living things are strong but fear cuts them down. Fear is … Continue reading

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

GIVE THANKS When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength, Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured that the fault is in yourself. — Tecumseh Tecumseh … Continue reading

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