Do you dream of returning to the simpler, idyllic state of the Garden of Eden (Arcadian view), or do you believe we can finally make our way forward to the perfect arrangement (Utopian view)? Usually each of these views is … Continued
The Christmas collection of cultural traditions is enjoyed by people around the world even as cultures vary and change. To create and operate within cultures is a human invariant. Human invariants include eating, sleeping, working to make home, communicating in … Continued
This is an oil painting with soundscape by Mark R. Turner. The painting, 35″x35″, was done in Brussels, Belgium, in 1979 and inspired Mark to write a poem 28 years later, 2007, in the mountain community of Julian, California. As … Continued
I am thankful for the season of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany bringing the profound largess of Love close to my whole being. Gradually I am awakening to the reality that God is not a separate being aloof and impersonal, but, … Continued
Sometimes, when saturated with national and global news, we tend to focus on that larger picture and neglect our main responsibility on the microlevel of our personal relationships and local community.
Voting and demonstrating about the larger issues are good and important community responsibilities, but most of our effectiveness is in the place where we live.
I am glad to have awakened to a fuller celebration of this season as Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Years ago I began to feel there is more to the holidays than the collection of beautiful traditions around Christmas. My poem … Continued
Many call this season Advent. It’s about something happening and yet not completely here; knowing something good which has been promised will come. We know things are not completely as they should be, but we can imagine something better. At … Continued
My prayer is for all who will to pause long enough to recognize more Truth and Beauty. Here is a poem I wrote about that. Going into Bethlehem To see this thing Of which we were told, We gazed on the … Continued