Category Archive: thoughts

Baguettes and Boulangeries

This past weekend I attended a weekend retreat with friends in this cute little cottage in Normandy. On the first morning while trying to cut into a crusty baguette left over from the… Continue reading

Pope’s Popularity

I realize I’m a few days late in riding the Pope Frenzy generated by his recent trip to the USA accompanied by wall to wall coverage on CNN (International version at least). But… Continue reading

What is Technology is Doing to Us?

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings

Allow me suggest a wonderful double podcast from CBC Radio about C. S. Lewis and influence that the Inklings had on his life. The Inklings was, of course, the informal literary club that… Continue reading

The Greatest False Idol Of Modern Christianity

The Greatest False Idol Of Modern Christianity.

Je Suis Charlie

It’s been a sad week. There’s no need to tell you why, I’m sure you know. Even though i’ve been in North America for the past several months, this week’s tragic events hit… Continue reading

Les Misérables of Ferguson

I can no longer be silent on the events in Ferguson, Michael Brown and the fate of other young men of color in my home country. I thank my friend, Tarani Joy who… Continue reading

The Insignificant Becomes Significant

A couple of years ago, I spent a summer Saturday, along with some friends in the Forêt de Dourdan  about 45 minutes south-west of Paris. The objective was to create some Land Art… Continue reading

10 Painful Rejection Letters To NOW Famous People

If you are an artist of any kind, you’ve suffered rejection. Rejected manuscripts. Rejected proposals. Rejected ideas. Rejected projects. In the midst of it, we feel alone…and of course, REJECTED. It can be… Continue reading

Tough Questions Well Answered

Oprah and Rob Bell have a good chat. http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Rob-Bell-and-Oprah-Go-Soul-to-Soul-Video

Morning Pages Insights

In an earlier post, I dealt with the basics of the MORNING PAGES – a practice at the very heart of The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.… Continue reading

process vs. product

The other day while reading in The Artist’s Way, I came across this simple phrase, which I’ve been chewing on ever since – “THE PROCESS, NOT THE PRODUCT, WILL BECOME YOUR FOCUS.” Of,… Continue reading

Arcade Fire Unites my Life

I’ve just watched the live stream of the new Arcade Fire album – Reflektor. In a weird way, it unites the loose ends of my life: Arcade Fire hails from Montreal, where I… Continue reading

Cultivating a Garden for the Elusive Extraordinary

I recently dropped by someone’s house where I encountered something very special. From the exterior, the house was typical for the area: fresh paint, nice lawn. On the inside all was in order,… Continue reading

We Were Horses

Today Sanan and I went to watch the horses of l’Academie Equestre de Versailles have their morning workout. Their show “WE WERE HORSES” is featured at Parc de la Villette. Horses are such… Continue reading

The Cry of Body and Soul

from day one in this world we eat we poop we sleep we cry there are no lessons involved no training needed we just do it as adults we have learned to harness… Continue reading

Edward Hopper @ Paris

Finally made it to the Hopper Expo @ le Grand Palais…Paris after hearing about it from friends only stood in line for an hour and a half with Dutch friend Willemijn cold and… Continue reading

Waterfall of Creativity

An interesting thing happened the other night. I had been asleep only about an hour when I suddenly woke up. I had left NPR radio streaming on my iphone beside my bed…I naturally… Continue reading

Happiness

Allow me to suggest a BBC podcast on HAPPINESS: What makes us smile? The radio programme “The Forum” brings together 3 “happiness researchers” from 3 countries: American positive psychologist Todd Kashdan believes that… Continue reading

The Art of Lament

There are times in life when you need to allow yourself to be sad….when it is very appropriate….when your soul cries out to mourn. In the wake of such a massacre of innocence… Continue reading

art jam session

At this moment….I’m witnessing the birth of art….the ephemeral creative process…the sacred rite that humans do in imitating their Creator.  I’m in an art studio…. an atelier. It’s messy and chaotic.  A pianist… Continue reading

Smoke and Mirrors

Last night at the Nuit Blanche I saw an intriguing work of art on display within the Hôtel de Ville. It was amazingly simple and profoundly spiritual. I actually missed it the first… Continue reading

Dancing in the Dark

Yesterday I had the rather unique experience of attending a dance class for the seeing-impaired. My sculptor/painter friend,  Zoé is to blame for inviting me deeper into her blurry world. Allow me to… Continue reading

so…what?

I have been re-thinking / re-imagining what prayer is and could be for several years now…(see here, here, here and here, oh, and here) …trying to make it more fun, creative, engaging, profound and… Continue reading