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

All of us are meaning-seekers…

“All of us are meaning-seekers. We approach every painting, novel, film, symphony, or ballet unconsciously hoping that it will move us one step further on the journey toward answering the question, ‘Why am… Continue reading

The Tree of Life

I’ve just seen The Tree of Life for the second time. It is a very beautiful and moving film on several levels….I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts. The first… Continue reading

Jazz Worship

Here’s a taste of the Jazz Worship that several of our friends participated in. I wish you all could have been there!

Walking the Labyrinth at Chartres

The mother of all labyrinths is in the Chartres Cathedral about an hour SW of Paris. Sanan and I, along with our favorite Dutch friend, Willemijn, made the trip last Friday. (FYI, the… Continue reading

Anger / Resentment / Forgiveness

I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the book that Sanan and I are reading, The Spirituality of Imperfection…. The memory of things past is indeed a worm that… Continue reading

Emotional Weather

Our friend from London, Kate (not William’s Kate – this Kate is devoted to another Prince) came to visit us over the Easter weekend. During our many profound conversations over croissants in the… Continue reading

That Sacred Space Within

I was re-listening to a podcast of a discussion with John O’Donohue (Irish poet, theologian, mystic) and I felt I had to write down this part of it and share it with you… Continue reading

Cette space sacrée de l’intérieur

J’ai re-écouté une discussion avec John O’Donohue (poète irlandais, théologien, mystique) et je sentais que je devais d’écrire cette partie et de le partager avec vous car il est si incroyablement belle. Meister… Continue reading

Waging Peace

This week, a piece of paper fell out of something in the kitchen and landed on the floor. It was a poem that someone, one of friends in Montreal, wrote about us. Since… Continue reading

Blessing of Change

When the unexpected knocks you brutally to the ground And leaves you writhing in a pool of unanswered questions May you hear the song of the mountain Whose long, slow melody turns earthquakes… Continue reading

An Amazing Musical Morning

Despite the fact of having a Master’s in Music and having considered myself a musician / composer for some 40 years now, this morning I opened the door (literally) to an entirely new… Continue reading

Clapping Outloud in all the Wrong Places

Last night Sanan and I went to a concert of orchestral music at the Conservatoire de Paris. It was lovely…a collaborative event by a small London orchestra avec un petit orchestre Parisien. One… Continue reading

The Fox and the Tiger

A man walking through the forest saw a fox that had lost its legs, and he wondered how it lived. Then he saw a tiger come up with game in its mouth. The… Continue reading

Blessing of the Ages

Blessing of the Ages (to Ron & Janice) On the day when your inner child Curls up in fetal mode With thumb in mouth And blanket clutched May a thousand memories of childhood… Continue reading

Tutti-Frutti

A couple of weeks ago I led a group of friends in a group contemplation on fruit. (I love the French phrase that my friend, Marie came up with to describe the event:… Continue reading

The Survival of the Kindest

This morning I woke up to a very interesting CBC audio podcast about goodness, compassion, empathy, etc., entitled “The Survival of the Kindest”.   I highly recommend it. Dacher Keltner poses questions such… Continue reading

New Websites

Sorry for not writing much lately, but I’ve helping a couple of friends with their own websites. Zoé is a visually-impaired artist that I’ve come to know lately. She wants to help others… Continue reading

Happy New Year

and a happy 1/1/11 What a one of a kind date! Notice I posted this at 11:11!

UPDATE: bells and poems

I’ve recently added two more children’s poems to my “writing” page to fill out a little trio of Winter Poems. Please print them out and read them to a child near you this… Continue reading

After Christmas Let Down

So Christmas is over The tree is all brown The presents aren’t present And I’m feeling let down We had a good time though With much family around But it’s so sad to… Continue reading

So we did Christmas – but what did it mean?

I hope you had a nice Christmas celebration, I did. But now it is the day after and I sit on my couch, coffee in hand, wrapped in my blue/green robe and I… Continue reading

A night at the opera

I’ve just returned from a performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” (I think it would be Mathias the Painter,” in English).  Wow! What an amazing event. About half way through I asked… Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Idea

This Thanksgiving… pull yourself away from the table and the tv find a blank sheet of paper and a pen start writing down the names of people in your life that have shaped… Continue reading