Meditation and Creating Textiles Artwork

(Photo by The Milton Art Center: “Snowy Owl,” a quilted wall hanging, by artist Line Corcoran of Milton) Deep fall invites cozy stillness, and an appreciation of fabrics. Quilts and other textiles soften the darkness. Baskets hearken back to close-to-the-earth times. Creating them is a meditation. Too often, their functional use, for example, what we stand on or sleep with,…

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Dear America: notes of an undocumented citizen

Our humanity is central to the immigration controversy.  Jose Antonio Vargas’s new book, “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” (HarperCollins, September 18, 2018, 256 pages) looks deep into his oft-repeated answer, “I am an American. I just don’t have the right papers.” In “Dear America”, Vargas, 37, shares his life candidly to correct lies and assumptions, and to frame…

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The Our Father in Original Aramaic – a wow sensation

Unexpectedly during a group meditation, I heard The Our Father in original Aramaic, and it resonated in my body like a deep, physical blessing. I wondered, is this is how it sounded from Jesus’s lips 2,000 years ago?  An English translation was given that barely resembled The Lord’s Prayer we know today.  I had to find out more. The best…

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Holy relics: the strange practice of venerating human remains

Eek alert!  In Italy I saw many body parts of saints on display in basilicas and museums.  They represent a centuries-old Roman Catholic belief that the bodies of saints manifest holiness, and therefore, are to be venerated.  It’s very odd. Take for example, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a mystic who worked toward peace within the church. She persuaded Pope…

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Meaningful conversation: is our friendship strong enough for it?

At age 64, I often feel “with it” and young.  But when it’s patently untrue, I then say to my husband, “Gee, I thought I was hip.”  David replies, “You are, Suze, it’s just the hip of 40 years ago.”  Where on the dividing line do I fall? Meaningful conversation guides the way. During a visit with a friend of…

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