Category Archives: Drawings & Paintings

Diary Writing and other Spiritual Practices

The other morning, as I was going down the porch stairs loaded with plates, my neighbor called out: προσοχή! (attention).  To make sure I didn’t fall and break something, I needed to pay attention. So I concentrated and carefully climbed … Continue reading

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Carolina’s Diary

Carolina Maria de Jesus  (1914-1977), born in a poor Brazilian agricultural area, at the age of seven was given the opportunity by a wealthy woman to go to school. Carolina quickly learned to read and write and dropped out of … Continue reading

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Gaudy Gods

In the Archeological Museum of Paros, there is a statue of Artemis from her sanctuary at the Parian Delion. It’s dated 360 BC and was discovered in 1899. And, like most all of the Greek statues I’ve seen, it’s white. … Continue reading

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Insect Repellent

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis was published in 1915.  It’s  the story of Gregor Samsa who wakes up one morning and realizes he’s become a giant insect.  Before being a bug, Gregor provided for his family by working as a traveling … Continue reading

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Towards Paros

Finally, Paros! We took a taxi to the airport.  On the way, motorists were honking, zigzagging, driving aggressively. But, when asked, our driver said driving a taxi in Rome didn’t stress him out.  Like Don Ruiz who says “don’t take … Continue reading

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Sloughing

Every day we shed dead skin and make dust.  As with snakes, old skin must be eliminated to make room for the new. And the longer one lives, the more renewals are necessary.  Stagnation is static whereas life is motion.  … Continue reading

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Kate, diaries, and impressions.

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water. Kate Chopin  In the 1960s, Kate Chopin’s grandson discovered some of the writer’s personal papers including a 1894 diary entitled “Impressions” … Continue reading

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