Mothers & Mothering
“The Perfect Gift” For his departing student, the Buddhist Master painted a perfect circle. Read More »
“The Performer, His Audience, and the Maternal Instinct”
Music as the Maternal Instinct. A mother doesn't lullaby to get love – but to give.
Musicians, in contrast, are yearning to get – from the audience as the mother. Their music a cry for love. Listen to Beethoven – he is desperately seeking, not giving. They all are.Read More »
“The Mother as ‘the First Vision of Light'”
"My first Vision of Light."
– Blake, “To Thomas Butts”
From the root BHA, to shine, light, bright, is derived our epiphany and theophany, and photo.Read More »
“Mummy, I Hardly Knew You”
I was talking to a dentist friend who remarked on my mother across the room that she had dentures, he could tell.
I suddenly realized not only did I not know this about her – but so much else!Read More »
“Zen (and Not)”
Lucien Stryk says of Zen: "to use the fewest … strokes of the brush to express their feelings."
In that case, my paintings – now – are certainly Zen: very few strokes, so many only one.
But, to go further: what feeling to express?Read More »
“The ‘Magical Event’ of My Mother’s Passing”
In my meditation this morning, this was given to me:
It was Magical
to be with my mother
as she passed over.
of the Supernatural Power
that ever bound us
– and ever will.
“All Mothers Want Only to Love”
The psychoanalyst George Frankl stated that
All mothers want only to love
and all children want only to be loved.
To which I would add
All children want only to love.
“Little Boy Lost – and Found”
On a busy street the little boy has lost his mother. He runs towards one mother – then stops because she’s not her. And then another. And another. Becoming ever more desperate.
And then he sees her and runs to her – arms open, smiling.Read More »