Sunday, July 25, 2021

Thought for the Day

If I insist on giving you my truth, and never stop to receive
your truth in return, there can be no truth between us.
~ Thomas Merton
Quoted in E.J. Dionne, "The Catholic Bishops' Anti-Biden Project Is Backfiring" (Opinion), The Washington Post, June 27, 2021  (Note: Pope Francis quoted Merton in his 2015 speech to Congress.)

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist Monk, Catholic Writer

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Thought for the Day

To live with ugliness, we must hallow loveliness
the more, remembering that it often springs
from mud into light-filled air.
~ Dr Judith Farr
Quoted in Emily Langer, "Judith Farr, Scholar of Emily Dickinson and Poet in Her Own Right, Dies at 85," The Washington Post, June 23, 2021  (The excerpt is from Farr's poem "What Lies Beyond" in What Lies Beyond: Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2019).)

Thursday, July 15, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Motherland, Oil on Linen, 2020
66" x 48"
© Bo Bartlett
I am delighted to present the work of painter and filmmaker Bo Bartlett in this month's Artist Watch at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life.
Bo, who lives and works in Columbus, Georgia, is known for his large-scale oil paintings, which one arts essayist describes as not only "delicate and austere" but also "humorous and bizarre." They belong to "a sort of nameless, indistinguishable, dreamscape America." A recipient of numerous painting awards, Bo has had many solo shows and has shown in group exhibitions across the United States.

For today's Artist Watch column, Bo has provided images of eight paintings recently on view at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York City; an Artist Statement and biography; and social media links.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Thought for the Day

Someday we will learn how to live.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye
Quoted from Naomi Shihab Nye, "What Changes"

Naomi Shihab Nye, Award-Winning Palestinian-American Poet, Author, and Editor; Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry), Texas State University

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Thought for the Day

When two loving individuals, two bearers of God's image,
are unified in an erotic embrace, there is space for something
holy. What was separate has come together. Two spirits, two
bodies, two stories are drawn so close that they are
something together that they cannot be alone. There is unity.
~ Nadia Bolz-Weber

Quoted from Nadia Bolz-Weber, Shameless: A Sexual Reformation (Convergent, 2019), page 20, in Fr. Richard Rohr, "The Holiness of Human Sexuality," Center for Action and Contemplation, June 6, 2021

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran Pastor and Writer

Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Priest; Spiritual Leader; Founder and Academic Dean, Center for Action and Contemplation; Author