Category Archives: Psychology

Goodbye to All That

My heart aches to be there with him. ———GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Joan Didion——— (1967) How many miles to Babylon? Three score miles and ten— Can I get there by candlelight? Yes, and back again— If your feet are … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Fields: The Mythology of Forster’s English Landscape

The Heart of the Fields The Mythology of Forster’s English Landscape In Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster writes of Meredith, “What is really tragic and enduring in the scenery of England was hidden from him, and so is what … Continue reading

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More Fully Human

There is a Jewish tradition of the zaddik—the holy person. The zaddik differs, it is said, from ordinary people, in that the zaddik is more fully human. In the Christian tradition, Saint Irenaeus says something similar. He says that the … Continue reading

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How art changes us

I began to understand art as a kind of black box the reader enters. He enters in one state of mind and exits in another. The writer gets no points just because what’s inside the box bears some linear resemblance … Continue reading

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The Androgyny of Creativity

Woolf believed that the creative mind is androgynous. She was an expert in Elizabethan literature. She loved both the scope and the certainty of the Renaissance mind. Shakespeare, writing his sonnets to boys and women with equal passion, understanding the … Continue reading

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Full Moon and Little Frieda (Ted Hughes)

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket – And you listening. A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch. A pail lifted, still and brimming – mirror To tempt a first star … Continue reading

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Ajahn Sumedho on “being the knowing”/pure awareness

“I can’t claim ‘I am the knower of the world’–that gives the wrong message, doesn’t it? It’s not a matter of me claiming it, but of being, of trusting. There’s no name, you don’t have to be anything. You don’t … Continue reading

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