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Video: Shahmaran

The Shahmaran is a mythical creature, half snake and half woman. The first human she encounters is a young man named Camasb who gets stuck in her cave after he tries to steal honey.

August 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Judith Baumel: The Last Judgment in which Enrico Scrovegni is Seen Presenting a Model of His Chapel to the Blessed Mother

Like a litter of mice born bare and squirming
the resurrected emerge from the cracked ground,
their bodies so very pale and hairless
so small and scrawny, stunned and scrambling
to comport themselves.

August 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Joel Baden | The Bible Doesn’t Say What You Think It Does

Nearly 80 percent of all Americans think the Bible is either literally true or is the inspired word of God. And yet, most Americans have no idea what is actually in the Bible. So we have the paradoxical situation in which we as a culture “have invested the words of this book with amazing authority even when we don’t know what these words are and what they mean.”

August 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Al Maginnes: God in Retirement

A little more wine before the sisters
of the scarlet moon perform their ritual
dance again.

August 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: On Running – Nicola’s Spirit

It’s rare in sport to go out on top, to make the final chapter of a sporting career worthy of all the chapters that preceded it. But, Nicola Spirig has made a habit of doing the seemingly impossible.

August 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: “Raised Incorruptible” | In Book of Entangled Souls, Richard St. John tests the boundaries of life and death, compassion and spirituality 

St. John looks deeply and compassionately where others might glance away or move on, and draws the reader along with him.

August 5, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Red Right Hand

Past the square, past the bridge
Past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm
Comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with
A red right hand

July 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Bhikshuni Mahaprajapati: What mother doesn’t see a Buddha in her child?

To care for all the children, without exception, as though each will someday be the one to show us all the way home: that is the Path.

July 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thích Nhất Hạnh: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints.

July 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us” (with text included)

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud

July 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Indigenous Elders Predicted Climate Crisis. Will Native Voices Finally Be Heard?

Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change, yet they still struggle to be heard by governments around the world. Their spiritual teachings might help civilization to change course and prevent disaster.

July 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Elderberry Magic

In the Native American tradition, the elder is sacred. The soft whistling song I often hear in the branches has been heard by others as well. Elder’s long association with wind instruments suggests that the magical sound comes not from the wind but rather from the tree itself, as well as any instruments carved from elder branches.

July 16, 2022 · 13 Comments

Baron Wormser: Ghosts

All the chatter about “family values” presupposes that women pick up whatever difficulties they are faced with and go forward with a happy, maternal smile. Seduced and abandoned does not exist in such an aggressively wholesome universe.

July 11, 2022 · 9 Comments

Pablo Neruda: Ode to Summer | translated by Wally Swist

Summer, red violin,
clear cloud,
a buzz
saw
or cicada

July 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

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