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Seeing, not just looking

While in St. John's, NL last week with Franciscan friends from Wisconsin, we visited The Rooms, where a Christopher Pratt exhibition had just opened. He is in his 80th year. I wrote this text from where it was highlighted in big print on the wall, since no photos were allowed:

"Wide open space is, for Pratt, a place of serenity. By emptying modern life of its illusion of momentum, Pratt reveals the poverty of a culture that has forsaken meditative calm for a distracted sense of progress. The simplicity of his images present a moment immediately reinforcing the difference between seeing and looking."

His work calls me to do just that. I am so poor at it. I am still rushed and eager. This year has helped me to slow down in significant ways, but the habits are long ingrained. I already know that this sabbatical will not end; instead it will be my inner heart companion as I return to full work in September.

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18.10 | 18:29

Thanks, Mike...so glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

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18.10 | 17:38

Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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03.03 | 17:19

Laurie...I might have my copy and will look for it. Otherwise...order from Amazon.
It is beyond inspiring. I will let you know. It's on kindle too.

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03.03 | 16:53

Hi Brenda, I would like to read The Choice. Where would I find a copy?

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