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Communion

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Communion, rarely do you hear this word around Quakers. These words from the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, Faith & Practice put it succinctly; “The absence from Friends’ worship of the outward observance of the sacraments is due to emphasis on the reality of inward experience…With full appreciation of the help which has come through the outward forms to countless generations of…

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Wienie Roast?

Wienie Roast, photo of wiener roasting party, RVjart.com

Well yes, we are celebrating this week. With Rosemary’s view and comment on the last post (The Nature of Created Things) This Speaks My Mind has reached the 5000 view benchmark! Congratulations to me!

A heartfelt thank you for all of your support and commentary over the past 2 1/2 years on This Speaks My Mind and RVJart.com.

For your trivia of the day: Five thousand is the largest isogrammic num…

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The Nature of Created Things

A philosopher asked Saint Anthony: ” Father , how can you be enthusiastic when the comfort of books has been taken away from you?” And Anthony replied: ” My book, O philosopher , is the nature of created things, and whenever I want to read the word of God, it is right in front of me.”

The Nature of Created Things

A philosopher asked Saint Anthony: ” Father , how can you be enthusiastic when the comfort of books has been taken away from you?” And Anthony replied: ” My book, O philosopher , is the nature of created things, and whenever I want to read the word of God, it is right in front of me.”

Capturing the Spirit

I have a painter friend that, when he goes out painting, says “I’m going to steal some landscape”. An ironic take on the idea of making the image your own.

Have you ever heard that in some cultures there is the belief that photos actually steal the soul from the subject? Sounds pretty far out there? Somewhat crazy in this modern age? Have you ever wondered where this belief comes from?

The idea…

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RVJart.com 2.0 !

I’ve recently updated my web sight RVJart.com with improved graphics, easier navigation and new work! Swing by, check it out and give me some feedback…and thanks!

RVJart.com 2.0 !

I’ve recently updated my web sight RVJart.com with improved graphics, easier navigation and new work! Swing by, check it out and give me some feedback…and thanks!

Perception and Reality

Vermeer, detail

Vermeer, detail

This is not a Vermeer…or is it? I came across this piece of Vermeer farm machinery in a freshly hayed meadow in East Dover, Vermont. This scene tickled my funny bone so I set up my easel immediately and went to work.

In order for me to appreciate this visual pun, I had to be able to hold multiple layers of reality of this at once in my mind. The finding of farm machinery in a…

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The Problem with Simplicity

The Problem with Simplicity

Stone Wall, photo by Roger Vincent Jasaitis, RVjart.com, copyright 2012

The problem we face today needs very little time for its statement. Our lives in a modern city grow too complex and overcrowded. Even the necessary obligations which we feel we must meet grow overnight, like Jack’s beanstalk, and before we know it we are bowed down with burdens, crushed under committees, strained , breathless, and hurried, panting through a never-ending program of appointments.

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Outside of Time

Sweet William and Swallowtail, photo Roger Vincent Jasaitis, RVJart.com

Sweet William and Swallowtail

Speaking with Buddhist friends this week the topic was benefactor moments. An instance that you recall in your life when someone granted you an act of love, kindness or mercy. Although that moment may have occurred years ago , you can still recall the emotion and grace of it. It is, in a sense, outside of time. In the past but present to you in a real sense.

When…

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Self Expression

Nancy & Goldfinch, RVJart.com, Copyright 2014

Our great slogan today is self-expression, and in the right sense of the work it is a genuine aim. But it is useless to talk about self-expression until we have got a self to express and we are all the time confronted by the question, which one of our thousand possible selves shall we express? 

In order to do that…you must discover what you want most. The primary issue after all is how to get…

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