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A STORY OF SPIRIT: Walt Whitman (Part Two, the last)

The First Step. “Beginning my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact, consciousness, these forms, the power of motion, The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love, The first step awed me and pleased me so much, I have hardly gone and hardly wish’d to go on any farther, But […]

A STORY OF SPIRIT: Walt Whitman (Part One)

Finding a voice. In school days back in the 70’s, I heard that some dead and forgotten American poet had said that “All truths wait in all things.” But I never figured I would or even could, begin to find it in London, Ontario, where I lived for 38 years within sight of the hospital […]


“I have noticed that sometimes people speak of our planet as a thing. This attitude will not lead to the feelings of closeness and affection that would move us to take care of the earth. As we know, the earth is not a dead rock floating in space. It is a living system, in itself […]

A STORY OF SPIRIT: Sister Perpetual Hope (End,3 of 3)

A CONFESSION. Now, here’s the confession I mentioned earlier; I’m somewhat relieved to get around to it sooner than later! Truth to tell, Sister Perpetual Hope seems kinda alive for me, and I kept wanting to explore her more and didn’t want to hit the brakes! But it’s time to end this string of words… […]

A STORY OF SPIRIT: Sister Perpetual Hope (Part 2 of 3)

“We would rather be ruined than changed” W.H. Auden. Sister Hope, as most called her, was always inscrutable to me; I felt much of her joy and most of her suffering, but something about her always remained a mystery after all. I came to know a few things about her, like her “real” name was […]

A STORY OF SPIRIT: Sister Perpetual Hope (Part 1 of 3)

Note: I’m on Retreat at home and have just completed the below which I’m moved to post here. It’s about 3000 short words in length, so I’ll post it here in three parts to make the task more surmountable for those like me, who like to indulge their reading in short bursts! 🙂 In truth, […]

(64) LIVING HERE: Where Life Lives

HERE, WHERE LIFE LIVES We need not rush out – Life is afoot with itself. It rushes in, takes us here with immediate wonder incessant grace. Light fairly splashes in even the tiniest holes. There is delight in simple being we are home here, where life lives.

(63) LIVING HERE: Love’s the Only Answer

I was nibbling on a little “Thomas Merton” this morning and he inspired the poem below. But first, here’s some of what he said way back in 1962 that’s even more appropriate to living today: “News becomes merely a new noise in the mind, briefly replacing the noise that went before it and yielding to […]

(62) LIVING HERE: A Constant Discovering

THE SUREST WAY TO DISCOVER TRUTH IS TO STOP RESISTING IT Jean Klein: The Ease of Being Indeed, this discovery is a moment-to-moment thing – a willing engagement even when sometimes we hesitate to love, to be, just exactly where we are. Love, and be well! *** Hi and thank you to my NDL Subscribers […]

(62) LIVING HERE: This Sunny Little Sunny Spot

THIS SUNNY LITTLE SUNNY SPOT I am not an old man, not young it’s true. I am not the man I used to think I knew. I am a bird on a branch high up an apple tree. I sing this song to you, I sing this song to me. The sun light meets the […]