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Erie Chapman Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee
Immediate past president of the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, TN.
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We feel most isolated when we lose touch with beauty. God's love frees our earthly spirits to "be wild" with our own love; to be drunk on Mother Nature. And to care for the suffering. Continue reading
Yes. "Our physicality gives an illusion that we are separate,..." and your essay helps us appreciate that we are one. Most powerfully of all is the challenge each one of us faces every moment of the day: "which story will we choose to believe and embrace. The one shaped by the lens of fear or Love?" Thank you for helping us choose love, Liz.
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"If you hear the song I sing You will understand (listen!) You hold the key to love and fear All in your trembling hand Just one key unlocks them both It's there at you command" Excerpt from the song, "Get Together" by the Youngbloods The fragility of this life reminds... Continue reading
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"It is easy to turn away from a stranger, the unknown other, from the faceless in a crowded sea of otherness." - Liz Wessel In her weekend essay (& exceptional painting) Liz Wessel answered a question that I also address here: What can we do to transform the "sea of... Continue reading
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"The ark of peace is entered two by two." A Course in Miracles It is easy to turn away from a stranger, the unknown other, from the faceless in a crowded sea of otherness. We may feel guarded, fearful or threatened that the other is out to do us harm... Continue reading
Thanks so much, Todd. Very grateful to you for selecting out things you like specifically.
Thanks so much, Anne. I really appreciate you reading this and commenting.
Deep thanks to you for your completely lovely comments, Liz. I celebrate YOU as well.
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Many of us squander our time on earth. Life was not wasted on Gretchen. She embraced it, drank its champagne, painted it the color of Argentina, changed a city & impacted hundreds of thousands. Continue reading
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Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, Are heading home gain. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, The world offers itself to your imagination, Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting- Over and over announcing your place in the family of things. ~... Continue reading
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"An artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist."- Ananda Coomaraswamy A friend, mentor, artist and spiritual sage, Sr. Madeleva opened her "Art and Contemplation" class with the above quote. Her down to earth approach to life and warm hospitality created... Continue reading
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Is any art or any poetry powerful enough to change how you view the world? We often do not know these important things unless we seek to answer such questions. Continue reading
What a marvelous writing, Terry! I love your description that fathering is "...a masculine essence wrapped in a loving, caring nature." The best fathers do as you have done & as your dad & mine did with us - they are simultaneously tough & tender, stern & funny & consistently loving We were lucky. So are our kids. Thank you for writing this for the Journal and for retelling particular memories of you & your dad - my dear Uncle Max. Hope you had a great Father's Day.
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Note: special thanks to Terry Chapman for this insightful Father's Day Reflection. If I close my eyes and envision my father from childhood, we are climbing up a steep hill carrying two pairs of black wooden skis; his are normal length and mine much shorter. It is a cold and... Continue reading
Thanks so much, Liz. You have such profound insights yourself and you have such beautiful and complex levels of compassion and creativity. Thanks for the paragraph you quoted as well and for your weekly gives of grace to all of us.
Thank you so very much for your completely kind comments, Anne. You are a fantastic artist and your affirmation means so much. I am very grateful for your appreciation.
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She awakes in a forest that she knows & encounters one she knows not. From my altered states I am sure everyday reality is shallow as a birdbath. "Recent studies of superstring theory relating to the smallest subatomic particles suggest the possibility of as many as 26 dimensions," according to physician Peter Walling, M.D. Can we find new respect for people visiting these other dimensions? Continue reading
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I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light... Continue reading
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We are what we worship. Worship a flower & experience its energy. Appreciate a sacred shine & feel peace. Seek to heal the wounded & you will feel healing. Worship cruelty & your spirit will suffer. Continue reading
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"There lives the dearest freshness deep down things..." G.M. Hopkins This one line from Hopkin's poem holds the the beauty of the universe. Shared by Liz Sorensen Wessel May Flowers by ~liz Continue reading
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I love this essay as much as any post I have read from you, Liz. You have married your best writing, your finest art & and great quote to tell us about the importance of this gift of listening. You write about "...the ebb and flow of God’s breath coaxing the flowers to dance" and thus awaken our hearts.
And you are one of these, Terry - and will have one of those special spots.
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One window, two chairs. No pictures or music to distract. The only sound is the voice of your heart. You would know that I am not your hired lawyer listening to news of crimes nor the half-interested priest to whom you list your sins. Nor would I be your paid... Continue reading
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"To listen to another's soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another." -Douglous Steere Nature reflects the wisdom of a listening heart. As a child I loved to wake up early and sit on the front... Continue reading
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Note: This insightful reflection is offered by Terry Chapman PhD Why, oh why, is it so hard to let things go? And to let people go? We will always have them with us in spirit, but as humans, we try very hard to hold fast to everything, fearing perhaps, that... Continue reading