Classic Brennan Manning…

…with a touch of cool.

brotherhood

Brotherhood

Q: To you, what is brotherhood?
R: To me, it’s helping each other in difficult times. I’ve seen that some associations help poor children, I find that normal.

Chocolat: the village and the film

Recently with some friends, I drove about 3 hours away to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, the beautiful, little medieval village where the movie Chocolat was filmed. (If you are driving from Paris to Lyon, it makes… Continue reading

releasing

As part of leading a group in playing “cache cache” in the Jardin de Luxembourg this week, I found myself looking at a piece of paper that gave me the following challenge: “Find… Continue reading

fresh young jazz

I went to a great jazz concert last night as part of the Jazz Festival de Saint Germain-de-près. It featured two fresh, young Jazz musicians: Fiona Monbet (violin) and Richard Manetti (guitar). They… Continue reading

food and spirit

Question: If you were to compare your connection to food with your connection to the divine, what kind of meal would it look like? Would your prayer/quiet/meditation time be more like… a cup… Continue reading

Art of the week

This week I enjoyed three entirely different art expos. 1. Rosy Crucifixion at ParisCONCRET. I love this little gallery run by my Kiwi friend, Richard….this place usually always stretches me…and that is the… Continue reading

DaVinci’s “St. Anne” at the Louvre

Last night we went to the new exposition at the Louvre of the recently cleaned and restored work by Leonardo Da Vinci referred to as the “Saint Anne”. Accompanying us were three French… Continue reading

love is all around

Give a listen to this beautiful tune by Dave Matthews while you read the following blog post. What I love in The Christmas Song is the chorus that repeats….love, love, love….love is all… Continue reading

the blue hole

This weekend I watched a tv documentary about the Bahamas. It covered a variety of topics but one in particular caught my fascination…..Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island. It plunges 202 metres (663 ft)… Continue reading

a missing puzzle piece

For about 25 years now, I’ve been questioning my notion of what “prayer” is. (Well, it is not really just my notion, because it was given to me, or I kind of inherited… Continue reading

Un autre poème magnifique de mon ami, Gilles LeBlanc

Meubles et Monde (Furniture and World)

I am SUPER PROUD of my friends Julien and Andrea!!! Their new NGO, Meubles et Monde distributes furniture to new immigrants in their community, Park Extension in Montréal. The following article appeared in… Continue reading

Comme l’Oiseau (poème)

Comme l'Oiseau (poème)

My friend, Tintin

I’ve been a big fan of Tintin ever since I started learning French in the early 90s. In fact,  Tintin taught me a lot of French as I read through his adventures. It… Continue reading

Another Blessing

May gratitude walk beside you May kindness swarm about your head May wonder be your inner child May transcendence visit often

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Here’s a amazingly beautiful and surprisingly touching story about books….

The Amazing and Continuing History of the English Language

I’m not sure why, but one of my life’s little passions is the dabbling in the history of the English language. I suppose it comes from studying and speaking other languages. If you… Continue reading

Moneyball

Moneyball finally made its way to Europe. The name changed to Le Stratège in French. I’ve been reflecting on the film and I’ve gathered a couple of metaphors that I’d like to throw… Continue reading

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Really nice fusion jazz with Yo-Yo Ma…. click “continue reading” to see more video…

Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain

Sanan and wandered through the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain which is found each year on this weekend at the Bastille. (here’s one person’s video) I thought I would share with you some of… Continue reading

Great sign

I don’t really want to get into politics here on this blog…but I do like this sign.

Compositional Amnesia

A few days ago a friend dropped a brief message on the wall of my FaceBook wall, saying that she had seen a video of a Brazilian choir that seemed to be singing… Continue reading

Prehistoric cave paintings

It does something to you…. to stand in front of multi-colored paintings of  bison, horses, and reindeer,  revealed by a flashlight 70 meters into a chilly cave…and to notice real artistry …shading …movement… Continue reading