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The Call of the Mourning Dove><

On May 20,2019, Wipf and Stock Publishers, through their Imprint, Resource Publications, released my latest book, The Call of the Mourning Dove: How Sacred Sound Awakens Mystical Unity. It is a slightly edited version of my thesis written in fulfillment ...

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"Faith sustains us in the hour when reason tells us that we cannot continue, that the whole of our whole lives is without meaning...Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one...That's all that faith requires. That we surrender ourselves to the possibility of hope. For that I'm content." J. Michael Straczynski ...

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Winter Dove><

As I was flipping through my photos, I came upon one I took after a dove landed outside the window one cold February morning, cooing softly. I remember that at that moment, I felt the dove’s appearance was a visible sign that Spirit, most often portrayed as a dove, was with me. Finding that photo on a gorgeous spring day, I knew Spirit was calling me to write.

When I attended ...

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"There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by material things alone." ~ Adlai Stevenson

The quote above spoken by Stevenson in 1956 during his acceptance speech for the presidential candidacy of the Democratic Party, is as true today as it was then. Stevenson, the renowned statesman and ambassador to the United Nations, ...

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The history of words fascinates me. Take the word “icon” for instance. Icon comes from the Greek eikon - "likeness, image, portrait; image in a mirror; a semblance, phantom image." (Online Etymology Dictionary) Who knew there were so many meanings?!

I had always understood an icon to be an image painted on wood (usually) of a figure or event of religious ...

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American poet and writer, Archibald MacLeish said, “Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there…” (“Sweet Land of Liberty” Collier’s 8 Jul 55)

I am not sure we here in New England could say one way or the other what our springs are like. Some years we have long, ...

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How fitting that the inauguration of Awakening Spirit comes just days after the Spring Equinox! Spring – a time of rebirth, of hope and of new life – reminds us that winter is but the end of the beginning. In this season of hope, we refocus our hearts, minds, and eyes to “see” the possibilities that lie just beneath the surface.

Awakening Spirit will, I hope, be a place where all may come to gather. While here, they will find messages that are meant to inspire, enlighten, heal, nurture ...

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