What can it hurt?

Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts. – Mother Theresa The bodybuilding exercises my friend Camille incorporates into our powerwalks along the St. Charles River include simple movements like sit-ups and squats. I wish we would skip the jumping … Read more

Portrait of the artist

Learn to live from the inside, the bull’s eye of your true being. -Sandra Walston There are always three people at play in my work: Toothpick, the inner artist child who conceives of the ideas; me, the adult with the hands and the materials necessary for bringing them to life; and Frankie, the inner writer … Read more

Yes, daddy

Next to love, balance is the most important thing. – John Wooden The little yellow dresser someone has left out for the taking at the corner of Myrtle and Adelphi just half a block from my building would look great in the entryway of my apartment. The table sitting there now with its one miniature … Read more

New world

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. – Lucille Ball Willoughby Street stretches for a little over a half mile from Willoughby Plaza in downtown Brooklyn to St. Edwards Street on the west side of Fort Greene Park in Fort Greene. Compared to Myrtle and Dekalb Avenues, which flank it to the north … Read more

Start by listening

You’ve got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself. – D. H. Lawrence « Nous naissons tous bisexués, du moins psychologiquement, » explains Marie Coupal in Le Guide du rêve et de ses symboles. In its mother’s womb, Coupal goes on to tell us, the fetus possesses for a certain time both the male … Read more

Consider yourself warned

Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to him. – Oswald Chambers Oup là ! and Mélanie dans les airs were made on the same day, and both pieces feature a young girl with big hair engaged in recreational activity. The similarities, … Read more

The J in your face

Try something different – surrender. – Rumi Throw a dog a stick, the Buddhists say, and he will chase it. Over and over. Throw a lion a stick, and he will turn around to see who threw it. The lion faces the source of his thoughts and his problems; he seeks to understand them, to … Read more

Dear dad

Quelquefois je m’avoue que ce qui me plait le plus dans cette idée d’éternité, c’est la chance accordée, en retrouvant les âmes chères, de s’expliquer à fond avec elles, et que cesse enfin le long malentendu de la vie. – Gabrielle Roy 1 Samuel of my father’s old Bible is riddled with little marks of … Read more

God speed

Christ wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. – C.S. Lewis In Le Vent dans le dos,a long sleek horse carries on her back a woman and a fox. The woman sits tall, her hand resting lightly on the horse’s neck, her blond hair flowing forward in the wind as one with the horse’s … Read more

Here and now

Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 During times of fear and anxiety, people have often turned to Psalm 46 for comfort. In his meditation on this psalm, Timothy Keller explains why. The psalmist, he tells us, is contrasting earthly cities to the heavenly city, the city of God; while the … Read more