Mystical Order of the White Rose Newsletter
April 2009

This newsletter is a publication of the Mystical Order of the White Rose, a multi-faith devotional and spiritual support organization.  We support and share information about mystical, monastic, contemplative and creative ways of living.  We encourage prayer, the reading of sacred scripture(s), lectio divina, meditation, journaling, solitude, fasting, silence, kindness, hospitality, worship, active involvement in spiritual and religious communities, simplicity, creativity and  loving service to others.  You can view past issues here and you can subscribe to it here .

Table of Contents

--   Upate:  "Well Glory Allelulia!" by Cynthia K. Lee, Administrator, Mystical Order of the White Rose

--  News Bites & Links of Interest

--  Daily Devotionals--April 1-April 30

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Well Glory Allelulia!

      It's the first day of April and this is the first issue of the Mystical Order of the White Rose Newsletter that has been published on the first day of the month, complete with 30 days of daily devotionals.  It took 15 months to reach this goal, and having it happen on April Fool's Day seems significant somehow, but I can't quite get a grip on what that significance might be.

      Another first was the recent hiring of a local assistant (and good friend) to help me with managing my two home-based businesses. I have also simplified the MOWR Newsletter formatting and added a stress reducing medication to my many nutritional supplement pills and potions. These have all helped to make my life, and publishing the MOWR Newsletter, much less stressful and much more manageable and fun. 

       Another great blessing:  It's the sixth week of my husband Johnny being at home, after spending most of three and a half months in an out-of-state hospital or one of two nursing homes.  He has gained 10 pounds (of the 100 pounds he lost since last April) and both of us thoroughly enjoy being able to live together in our own home again.  Johnny still experiences a good deal of weakness and abdominal pain and still has two staph infections, one of which is extremely antibiotic resistant, but his and my quality of life have improved dramatically.

         The balmy Spring weather, colorful flowering trees and bushes, and flowers appearing in gardens make this corner of the mountains of Northwest Arkansas a glorious place to live.  We have clearly entered a new and improved cycle and season and I am grateful beyond words for the many blessings of this time.

           May you too enjoy Spring's beauty, April's high holy days, and quickening energies within and without.

                                                         Bright Blessings,

                                                              Cynthia

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News Bites & Links of Interest

     Singer, Song Writer, and Mystic, Juan Lauren Zerimar will send your spirit soaring with his otherworldly performances.  You can view his largest and best organized collection of songs here.  Be sure to listen to the "Angels Together"  Video on this website.   It is one of half a dozen songs that I would like to have performed at my funeral or memorial service.  Some others are:  Rafe Vaughn Williams' "Lark Rising," the gospel song "I'll Fly Away," and "The Rose" by Amanda McBroom.  -- C. K. Lee

      Eileen Smith, Spiritual Teacher, Healer, and Channel has completed a gorgeous new website:  The Path of the White Rose at:  www.whiterosepath.com ,  When I founded the Mystical Order of the White Rose in January of 2008, Eileen was the only "mystical" website that related to the white rose. She has been a joy to connect and communicate with.  It seems that mystical white rose references and orders of the rose have been emerging in the past year.  It is exciting to find more and more connections.  -- C. K. Lee

      If you have a blog or website, you can link to the Mystical Order of the White Rose by using the  MOWR banner.  Just click on this link and you can access the short html code that will let you set up the banner on your own blog or website.

        What do you get when you combine a time-travel tunnel that links Ireland and Egypt, the mysteries of Isis and high initiate guardians of the sacred objects and secrets of Isis?  Well, brace yourself, you get the Order of the White Rose.  You can find all this and more in the actual and/or fictional recollections of author and mystic Almine published under the title:  Opening the Doors of Heaven--Revelations of the Mysteries of Isis.  Find out more about Almine and how to purchase her books at these two links:  www.wheelsofthegoddess.com and www.spiritualjourneys.com -- C. K. Lee

Sisterhood of the Rose and Friends

        Constance Demby, composer of healing music and Cosmic Electronic Symphonic Space Music lets you sample her music here:  http://www.constancedemby.com

Interview:  "Biology of the Spirit"

Theotokos--The Mystical Rose  - Video - Divine Feminine

The White Rose and the Hashmalim

The Gentle and Forgotten Art of Blessings  - Video - wonderful songs, music and images.

The White Rose--A Personal Journey

Living Light Art Studio  - Lush, lyrical, mystical artwork by Mari Sue Baga.

Beauty and Tranquility -  A video that makes a gift of beauty and induces tranquility.

Sacred Meditation -  Video - You'll want to stand up and dance; powerful rhythmics; high energy.

Daily OM -- Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit

Interlude:  An Internet Retreat -- A place to renew your spirit. Brought to you by Cybermonks. 

One Vibration Radio Ministries -- Music to sooth the soul.  You can play this on your computer.  No complicated installation or downloads.

Living Stones -- A Non-Geographical Christian Contemplative Community

The Soul Connection Network -  Free PDF books and reports on various aspects of spirituality and spiritual development. 

Soul Food Media Radio - More lovely music to nourish your soul.  Lots of instrumentals. World, New Age, Indigenous, Chill Out/Lounge genres and more.  Visit the Soul Food Media website too.  www.soulfoodmedia.com

Awakening Angelic Humans:  Holy Grails  - Video with themes of awakening, activation, and alchemical transformation.

Help Animals by Searching On Dogpile.

www.loveandforgive.org

The American Monk

The Mystical Order of the Blue Rose

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Daily Devotionals -- April 1-April 30, 2009 

      Each day we should expose ourselves to the inspiration of others.  Thousands of saints and wise men and women have left us messages of hope and encouragement.  Read what is honest.  Read the scriptures and the commentaries.  Read great literature and poetry.  Read the psalms.  Read that which expresses the anguish and the exhilaration of experience, and teaches us that we are not alone.

                    -  John McQuiston II,  p. 88, Always We Begin Again--The Benedictine Way of Living

Wednesday, April 1 -- April Fools Day

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.

Martin Luther
Biography and Information

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Thursday, April 2  

April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

                  - T. S. Eliot

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Friday, April 3

                                      Spring

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness

Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of the crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.

But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs,
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
April
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

           - Edna St. Vincent Millay, from her book of poetry Second April, published by Harper Brothers - copyright 1921, 1924
 

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Saturday, April 4

 The human heart can go to the lengths of God.
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now.  The frozen misry
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move,
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul man ever took.
Affairs are now soul size
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for?  It takes
So many thousands years to wake,
But will you wake for pity’s sake?

- Christopher Fry, an excerpt from his poem “A Sleep of Prisoners”

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Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday (Christian-Western)

      You are about to enter upon spring.  Abandon yourself to all there is of sweetness in this season of rebirth; make yourself a flower with the flowers.

                         - Lammenais

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Monday, April 6

In time of silver rain
The earth

Puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
Of life, of life, of life!


In time of silver rain
The butterflies lift silken wing
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth
New leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway passing boys
And girls go singing, too,
In time of silver rain
When spring
And life are new.


    
- Langston Huges, Golden Slippers, p. 108

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Tuesday, April 7
   
  Gratitude ... takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God."

                                       - Thomas Merton

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Wednesday, April 8

        Singer, Song Writer, and Mystic, Juan Lauren Zerimar will send your spirit soaring with his otherworldly performances.  You can view his largest and best organized collection of songs here.

         Be sure to listen to the "Angels Together"  Video on this website.   It is one of half a dozen songs that I would like to have performed at my funeral or memorial service.  Some others are:  Rafe Vaughn Williams' Lark Rising, the gospel song "I'll Fly Away," and "The Rose" by Amanda McBroom. 

                                                      -- Cynthia K. Lee

 

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Thursday, April 9 -- Maundy Thursday (Christian) -- First Day of Pesach/Passover (Jewish)  -- Full Moon

History, traditions and events relating to Maunday Thursday. 

History, traditions, recipes and other resources for Passover

Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.  It is celebrated for eight days. 

      Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.  Audacious longing, burning songs, daring thoughts, an impulse overwhelming the heart, usurping the mind---these are all a drive towards serving Him who rings our hearts like a bell.

          - Abraham Joshua Heschel, excerpt from I Asked For Wonder--A Spiritual Anthology of Writings by A.J. Heschel, edited by Samuel H. Dresner, copyright 1983, Crossroad Publishing, 370 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017.

 

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 Friday, April 10  --   Good Friday (Christian-Western)

       Without your wounds where would your power be?  The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wrteched and blundering children on Earth as can one human being broken in the wheels of living.  In love's service, only the wounded soldiers can serve.

                           - Thornton Wilder (found in The Sun magazine, Issue 167, p. 40

 

               Image above by Thomas Scharbach

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Sunday, April 12 --    Easter Day (Christian-Western)

A short history of Easter.

Traditions and Folklore associated with Easter can be found here.

Today is the day of salvation for the world... Christ is risen from the dead: arise with him. Christ returns to himself: you also must return to him. Christ has come forth from the tomb: free yourselves from the fetters of evil. The gates of hell are open and the power of death is destroyed. The old Adam is superseded, the new perfected. In Christ a new creation is coming to birth: renew yourselves.

Gregory Nazianzen
Website

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An Easter Hymn

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun's eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened Paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Charles Wesley
Wesley Centre

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A Gnostic, Esoteric Interpretation of Easter can be read here

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Monday, April 13

In every trembling bud and bloom
     That cleaves the earth, a flowery sword,
I see Thee come from out the tomb,
      Thou risen Lord.

Thou art not dead!  Thou art the whole
      Of life that quickens in the sod;
Green April is Thy very soul,
       Thou great Lord God.

                 - Charles Hanson Towne
from Masterpieces of Religious Verse
edited by James Dalton Morrison, Baker
Book House, Grand Rapids, MI
copyright 1948

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 Tuesday, April 14

Life brings its freshness as an ineffable gift.
Every moment renews our vision.
The land bursts again into flower.
We are amazed at the world’s wealth.
Death is no more than permission granted to other life,
So that everything may be ceaselessly renewed.
The ploughshare of sorrow, breaking the heart,
opens up new sources of life.
Without sacrifice there is no resurrection.
All we try to save in ourselves wastes and perishes.
The possible is striving to come into being.
Nothing grows and blooms save by giving.
All things ripen for the giving’s sake,
And in the giving are consummated.
The possible and the future are one.
All that can be, if we help, will be.

- Andre Gide and Romain Rolland, excerpt
from booklet Readings for Common Worship 1981
Unitarian Universalist Commission on Common Worship

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Wednesday, April 15

     You must put light in first place. For light is present in all things. When you become imbued with this truth, your whole life will be transformed.

     If, when you eat, you are conscious that your food – fruit, vegetables – is a condensation of the solar rays it has
received, you create better physiological conditions for these rays to be absorbed and distributed throughout your organism. If you breathe with the conviction that you can attract light into yourself through your breathing, you are preparing yourself to receive celestial light, the spirit of God. For the light you see, the light coming from the sun, is only the most material form of light. Behind this light there are other subtler lights, and if you know how to relate to these, how to nourish yourself with them, they will bring you eternal lif
e. 

     - Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


If you wish to visit Prosveta's site, or consult the many titles by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov go to http://www.prosveta.com.


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Thursday, April 16

 

I live my life in growing orbits

which move out over the

     things of the world.

Perhaps I can never achieve

     the last,

but that will be my attempt.

 

I am circling around God,

    around the ancient tower,

and I have been circling

     for a thousand years,

and I still don't know if

     I am a falcon, or a storm,

or a great song.

 

               - Rainer Maria Rilke

                 translated from the German by Robert Bly

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Friday, April 17

On the benefits of meditation: 

     "It is as though within the meditation, regardless of how scattered it seems, there is a pure and distilled waterfall of light which irrigates and illumines, cell by cell, the body, mind and spirit.  It is like being rinsed and polished to relax into that presence which is holy."

                  - chanelled transmission from Q'uo; transcript dated January 16, 1994 quoted on p. 359 of A Wanderer's Handbook, written by Carla Lisbeth Rueckert  (used with permission).  For additional information about her publications and activities visit:  http://www.llresearch.org


     "At the beginning of creation God said, ‘Let there be light!’ and from this light he made universal matter.

     Every morning at sunrise, we have an opportunity to intensify this living light within us, thanks to the ‘prana’ contained in the air. Prana is an energy that exists throughout nature, in the earth, in water, air and fire, but it is mainly carried by the sun’s rays, and through respiration we are able to capture it and introduce it into ourselves.

     Each particle of this prana is like a drop of crystalline water, a tiny, suspended  sphere, filled with light. While we are concentrating on the sun, we absorb some of these spheres, these subtle particles, through our breathing, and in this way we strengthen not only our physical body but also our psychic
organism. "

                                                     -- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov  1900-1986

 

For additional information on this great spiritual master and teacher visit:  www.Prosveta.com    Video images of Aivanhov:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Cjty4J5mM&feature=related 


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Saturday, April 18

collection of classic and modern poems about Spring.  Eclectic and stimulating.  

     Let us remember ... that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both.

      - Christian Wiman, Editor, Poetry Magazine    www.poetrymagazine.org


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Sunday, April 19 - Pascha (Christian Orthodox)

Greek Orthodox Calendar of Holy Days and Saints Day

Video of Greek Orthodox Christian Byzantine Music & Chant

Vidoe of Greek Orthodox Easter Chant: "Christ Is Risen" (Mt. Athos)

Now The Green Blade Riseth  -- Easter Hymn  -- Music from the 14th century.  Lyrics by John Crum 1928

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again.
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green,

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain.
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

 

Instrumental Version of the Hymn (with bells)

Choir Singing the Hymn


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Monday, April 20

Poem on a Line by Anne Sexton, 'We are All Writing God's Poem'

by Barbara Crooker

Today, the sky's the soft blue of a work shirt washed
a thousand times. The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step. On the interstate listening
to NPR, I heard a Hubble scientist
say, "The universe is not only stranger than we
think, it's stranger than we can think." I think
I've driven into spring, as the woods revive
with a loud shout, redbud trees, their gaudy
scarves flung over bark's bare limbs. Barely doing
sixty, I pass a tractor trailer called Glory Bound,
and aren't we just? Just yesterday,
I read Li Po: "There is no end of things
in the heart," but it seems like things
are always ending—vacation or childhood,
relationships, stores going out of business,
like the one that sold jeans that really fit—
And where do we fit in? How can we get up
in the morning, knowing what we do? But we do,
put one foot after the other, open the window,
make coffee, watch the steam curl up
and disappear. At night, the scent of phlox curls
in the open window, while the sky turns red violet,
lavender, thistle, a box of spilled crayons.
The moon spills its milk on the black tabletop
for the thousandth time.

"Poem on a Line by Anne Sexton, 'We are All Writing God's Poem'" by Barbara Crooker, from Line Dance. © Word Press, 2008. Reprinted (buy now)

 

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Tuesday, April 21

   Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
  When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
  Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
  The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
  The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
  A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
  Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
  Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

          - Gerard Manly Hopkins, Catholic poet

 

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Wednesday, April 22 -  Earth Day

Links about earth day and caring for the  environment    http://www.suelebeau.com/environment.htm

  "Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread nor wine nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols to the pure majesty of the Real itself; I, your priest, will make the whole Earth my altar and on it will offer you all the labors and sufferings of the world."

                                       - Teilhard de Chardin

When the hand of winter gives up its grip to the sun
And the river’s hard ice becomes the tongue to spring
I must go into the earth itself
To know the source from which I came.
Where there is a history of leaves
I lie face down upon the land.
I smell the rich wet earth
Trembling to allow the birth
Of what is innocent and green.
My fingers touch the yielding earth
Knowing that it contains
All previous births and deaths.
I listen to a cry of whispers
Concerning the awakening earth
In possession of itself.
With a branch between my teeth
I feel the growth of trees
Flowing with life born of ancient death,
I cover myself with earth
So that I may know while still alive
How sweet is the season of my time.

            
- Nancy Wood, Many Winters, p. 21
Garden Cty, NY Doubleday & Co. 1974


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Thursday, April 23 - St. George's Day (Christian-Western)

St. George is the patron saint of England. Myths and legends swirl around him.  For a thorough yet accessible account of who he was and how this Turkish-born man came to be seen as the patron saint of England, click here. 

"I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,

Straining upon the start.  The game's afoot.

Follow your spirit, and upon this charge

Cry "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"

                                                                           -  William Shakespeare

An article on the meaning of mystical and occult symbols -- starting with dragons.


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 Friday, April 24

Spring

D
o you know why the sun shines
And the breeze throws
Small seeds across the sky?

Do you know why the seas heave
And the young sing
Small songs without a sound?

The universe spins, the world reels, and I
See the street shining.  Upside down
You are steady—or do you spin too?


     
- Gloria Escoffery, Volume I, Dreams and Visions; Caribbean Voices

 

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Saturday, April 25

     If Spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change.

          - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Sunday, April 26

     A flower is relatively small.  Everyone has many associations with a flower---the idea of flowers.  You put out your hand to touch the flower---lean forward t smell it--maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking---or give  it to someone to please them.  Still---in a way---nobody sees a flower---really---it is so small---we haven't the time---and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time.  If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like a flower is small.  So I said to myself---I'll paint what I seee---what the flower is to me but I will paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it.

-- Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist, About Myself, 1939

 Video - Montage of O'Keeffe's Flowers with lovely music (no narrative; images and music only)

Video - Even More of O'Keeffe's Paintings of Flowers (includes photo of O'Keeffe and music by Enya)

Bio and Background Info on Georgia O'Keeffe: http://www.georgia-okeeffe.com/

 

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 Monday, April 27

  A short meditation on Spring (Christian)

:http://www.prayerandspirituality.com/uploads/documents/AShortSpringMeditation.pdf

 

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Tuesday, April 28

      There is nothing but God's grace.  We walk upon it; we breathe it, we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe.

                               - Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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Wednesday, April 29

     Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

                                        -  Philippians 4:8, King James Bible

 

     The things we think on are the things that feed our souls.  If we think on pure and lovely things, we shall grow pure and lovely like them; and the converse is equally true.  Very few people at all realize this, and consequently there is a great deal of carelessness, even with careful people, in regard to their thoughts. They guard their words and actions with the utmost care, but their thoughts, which, after all, are the very spring and root of everything in character and life, they neglect entirely.  So long as it is not put into spoken words, it seems of no consequence at all what goes on within the mind.  No one hears or knows, and therefore they imagine that the vagrant thoughts that come and go as they list, do no harm. Such persons are very careless as to the food offered to their thoughts, and accept haphazardly, without discrimination, anything that comes."

                                      -  Hannah Whitall Smith, American Author and Evangelist

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Thursday, April 30 -- Walpurgisnacht  (Wiccan and Christian)

This festival, usually celebrated on the night before May 1, when the Wiccan festival of Beltane takes place, became established in Germanic Europe.  It is namedd after Walpurga, a Christian saint, who spent several years as a missionary in the empire of the Franks.  Over time, the celebration of St. Walpurga blended with the Viking celebrations of Spring. Ritual bonfires are common in connection with this celebration.

 

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