Sunday, November 28, 2021

Thought for the Day

The antidote for the ignorance that causes suffering 
is to wake up to what we really are.
~ Paul Knitter

Quoted in "Our True Nature", Daily Meditations, Center for Action and Contemplation, November 8, 2021, from Paul Knitter and Roger Haight, Jesus and Buddha: Friends in Conversation (Orbis, 2015), pp 41-42

Paul Knitter, American Theologian; Emeritus Professor, Union Theological Seminary


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Thought for the Day

It is impossible to know, in the moment, how a small act
of goodness will reverberate through time. The notion is
empowering and it is frightening—because it means that
we're all capable of changing the world, and responsible
for finding those opportunities to protect, feed, 
grow, and guide love.
~ Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry

Quoted from "Being's 'God's Somebody'", Daily Meditations, Center for Action and Contemplation, October 29, 2021 (See Michael Curry with Sara Grace, Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times (Avery, 2020).) 
Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Thursday, November 18, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Jodie Kain, God Is My Judge, 2018
Pastel, 18" h x 18.5" w
© Jodie Kain 

Jodie Kain, Two Scotches In, 2017
Pastel, 15" h x 21" w
© Jodie Kain


This month's new Artist Watch feature introduces the award-winning painter Jodie Kain to readers of the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

Jodie, a native New Yorker who lives and works in Boston, began her formal art studies at age 16, when she enrolled in an anatomy class at the Art Students League of New York; subsequently, she studied with photorealist Rob Neffson at Penn State University, at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, and at the Academy of Realist Art in Boston. She holds a bachelor's degree in fine art from Penn State. A figurative painter who also employs plein air techniques while studying natural subjects from life, Jodie works exclusively in pastels. She is a member of both The American Artists Professional League and American Women Artists.

For today's Artist Watch column, Jodie has generously provided a dozen images of work from 2021 - 2017; her Artist Statement, and a biographical profile. Links to her social media also are provided in the column.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Thought for the Day

Our core is original blessing, not original sin.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

Quoted from Richard Rohr, "A Hopeful Foundation", Center for Action and Contemplation, October 24, 2021
Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar, Ecumenical Teacher, Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation (New Mexico)

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Thought for the Day

Shame never has a loud clang.
The worst part is how silent it is.
~ Victoria Chang

Quoted from Introduction to "'Dear Memory' digs into the shame accompanying immigrant silence", Author Intervew at NPR, October 12, 2021; From Victoria Chang, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief (Milkweed Editions, 2021)

Victoria Chang, Poet and Writer