Life of Pi and the Archetypal Imagination

“The Rose in the World” recently published an article I wrote on Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, one of my favorite books. It haunted me for years, and then David MaGee’s screenplay organized it lyrically and Ang Lee’s cinematography and spiritual insight brought it to life. Oprah named it as one of the dozen books […]

At the Door to a New World 1

A threshold experience is when we’re “at the door to a new world.” To enter in is to encounter excitement, terror, magic, whimsy, wisdom, revelation, triumph, survival, comfort, anxiety, terror, bonding, wonder, enchantment. (Maria Tatar) We actively seek these threshold experiences when we enter a church, concert hall or theater; open a book; or embark […]

Nobody Does it Like I do 1

I join the world, today, in mourning the loss of the extraordinarily talented and versatile actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. His death hits close to home for several reasons. One, he is our homeboy, from Fairport, NY. And, anyone who has lost a family member or friend to the gravitational pull of addiction remembers the pain […]

Reconsidering Walt Disney 2

On New Year’s Eve 2013 David and I watched Saving Mr. Banks, largely because we love Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. At least that was my reason. I didn’t grow up on Disney like most people my age (60). Theater was not a part of my childhood. I had never seen Mary Poppins, although the […]

Two Poems for All Soul’s Day 1

The Embrace You weren’t well or really ill yet either; just a little tired, your handsomeness tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.   I didn’t for a moment doubt you were dead. I knew that to be true still, even in the dream. You’d been out — […]

The Visitation 1

  “I hope you don’t think your mother’s crazy.” Flowing tears, palpable across the miles, alerted me to lean in to the receiver, listen. “Your father thinks I’m crazy,” she laughed. “Maybe I am.” I waited. She let out a sigh, blew her nose. “What happened?” I asked. “When I was in the hospital I […]

Dreamwork? What’s That? 1

It’s not easy to define in a few words. Let me tell you a story.  “Where were you camping?” asked Lynn, our host at the King George Inn Bed and Breakfast. She filled the door to our room while she surveyed the suitcases and mound of Wegman’s shopping bags filled with shoes and books. “Asheville,” […]

Touching: as Act of Spiritual Grace 3

Ashley Montague’s book, Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, has informed me as a mother, a massage therapist, a wife, and as a human being since it was published in 1971. While driving in the car one morning my mother read an excerpt from Touching from a women’s magazine where Dr. Montague explained that […]


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