Enter Scrutiny (And Exit, Please)

Enter Scrutiny (And Exit, Please)

I can’t believe that I’ve lived this long without discovering the books of Kathleen Raine. Kathleen, where have you been all my life? Kathleen Raine was a poet and essayist who revered the visionary imagination and felt the heartache of its loss in a materialist age....
Soul Cakes for Hallowe’en

Soul Cakes for Hallowe’en

I was taking pictures of Hallowe’en skeletons and ghosts in our neighborhood when I came upon this one specter reaching for her little ghostly child. The moment I put my camera on her, the wind picked her up, and she and her baby turned in my direction. Then a light...
Magic Words

Magic Words

“To those alive to the order of reality which they embody, the old symbols will live again; it is not they, but we who are dead.”  — Kathleen Raine, Defending Ancient Springs, 1967 Remember a time when words mattered? When you strung them like pearls...
Tribute to the Queen

Tribute to the Queen

September 8, 2022 — Queen Elizabeth II has died today, and I feel the urge to sit straight up at my writing desk and pen an entry in my journal that dignifies her. She was much more than a figurehead, and at the same time, that is the best description of the...
A View From Beyond Reason

A View From Beyond Reason

I’m sitting on a bench overlooking the sparkling sea off the western side of Cape Breton Island. It’s a deliciously quiet afternoon, a reprieve from the building project going on next door. The workmen have stopped. I hear the dull din of traffic from the highway and...

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