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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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28.11 | 07:46

Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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22.11 | 20:53

Welcomed reading recommendations !

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24.10 | 21:40

and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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