Friday, June 26, 2015

Great Value ~ Chellie Pingree

"There's great value to knitting or digging up your garden or chopping up vegetables for soup, because you're taking some time away from turning the pages, answering your emails, talking to people on the phone, and you're letting your brain process whatever is stuck up in there."

 ~ Chellie Pingree



Artwork from Clare Leighton  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Leighton

Cross the Road ~ Henri Nouwen

“We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another... There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.”

~ Henri Nouwen


More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Nouwen

Artwork from Anita Laurence http://anitalaurence.com.au/

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nothing Else ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”

~ Nikos Kazantzakis



More at  https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Nikos_Kazantzakis

Artwork from Carol Lander http://www.carollanderprintmaker.com/

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Early Quakers in Russia ~ Roger Bartlett

"The first Quaker attempt at contact with Russia dates from their earliest years. The principal founder of Quakerism, George Fox, sought to take his message to all the great and good of his contemporary world, and in 1656 and again in 1661 he sent an epistle to Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich: ‘Friend!’, he wrote in the first, ‘The Most High rules in the affairs of Men, the Lord God of the spirits of all Flesh’. Unfortunately, the rest of the texts is lost; no English Quaker travelled to Russia at that time, nor is there any record of the ‘pious tsar’ responding to this unorthodox approach.
Nevertheless, the term ‘Quaker’ soon found its way into Russia......Polemics about religious‘enthusiasm’, the belief in direct divine inspiration, were common in Europe in the late seventeenth century, and the label ‘Quaker’ was often slapped on people accused of denying proper authority in the name of their own religious experience. The English author of the polemical pamphlet The danger of enthusiasm discovered, in an epistle to the Quakers (1674) was attacking the actual Religious Society of Friends in England; but a group of ‘so-called Quakers’ who became the subject of ecclesiastical investigation in Swedish Riga in 1688 were Protestant radicals of a different variety who, like Kuhlmann, were tarred with the Quaker brush. ‘Enthusiasm’ was essentially subversive, since it set alleged direct knowledge of the will of God above any authority of prince, priest or parliament. In the end, Kuhlmann was burnt at the stake in Moscow.....
To conclude: in conformity with the assumptions of their times, the early Quakers sought to make an impression in Russia by addressing its rulers, and in their relations with Russia, as everywhere, they combined social activism with evangelical religious fervour. From the late 19th century onwards the emphasis shifted more to relief and social work among the Russian people, religious faith expressed less through piety or evangelism than through humane practice. In both the later Imperial and, especially, the Soviet periods practical concerns were joined to the challenge of pacific relations and reconciliation with a country broadly viewed in the UK as hostile or belligerent, and which militantly proclaimed a competing set of values." 
Much more in an excellent article at http://friendshousemoscow.org/?page_id=227

Friday, June 5, 2015

Scattered, in Pieces ~ May Sarton

“There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter, and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.”

― May Sarton,


More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Sarton

Artwork from Dee Nickerson http://www.southwoldgallery.co.uk/artist_details.php?id=72

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