What about those old new songs on Bob Dylan’s 2008 “Bootleg” – TELL TALE SIGNS! To me, they are a full bore vindication of something I read once in the Saturday Review, that his songs are “secular manifestations of religious experience.” This 2 disc set of tunes conveys a sense of eternal significance. I listen to them over and over, and the music remains durable, fresh and transcendent.








Santa saved the day,

   and to a large extent,

    he was you and me,

answering the prayers

   of children,

passing along

   anonymous parcels

   of pleasure

   and surprise,


   the spirit of

holy love

     into living fact

     through the simple act

     of giving..




This world did not have to be gorgeous, or synchronous, or mathematical. It did not have to be so interestingly varied or such a paradise of possibility.


Anyway, it’s time to go out into the mellow Florida sunshine and repot some baby marigold plants.


Juxtaposition celebrates the collision of symbol and situation as the occasion for new experience and unprecedented perception.  – Harvey Cox in THE FEAST OF FOOLS







Transitions occur continuously. Past and future impinge upon the golden moment of now. Attempting to delay or prevent the fluidity of it all is worse than futile. Energy is lost in pretending that anything can be locked into place or preserved into perpetuity. It’s all moving, it’s all evolving.




“Only those who take leisurely what the people of the world are busy about can be busy about what the world takes leisurely.”  – Chang Cháo


“In the Rocky Mountain area there is a lodgepole pine tree that anticipates adversity and turns it into life. Foresters in that section have discovered that this tree sheds a very hard seedpod, which may remain in the ground unbroken for 10, 30, even 40 years. Then the day comes when a forest fire sweeps over the home of this tree. All life is destroyed. But no! The fire also cracks the hard pod and thus releases the seed. Within a few years, new life and new forests begin.” – Source Unknown



Would it be altogether unrealistic to assume that we’ve got all the time in the world? Perhaps so, but we facilitate the realization of what we desire through faith, so relaxing with the assumption that we’ve got all the time in the world could liberate us from being always anxious and help us pay more attention to what is actually before us. – BJ






by Chris Browne

  Thought I’d already done this and said that, yet it appears not to have been so. In any case, here goes again. Like I thought I said, the sun is yet strong at this mid-afternoon hour. The motif has been definitely slow and easy these 2 days off. Blessed emptiness and opportunity. We should spend some time upon awakening to consider the question, “Who am I today?” If I observe a tendency toward organizational activity, for instance, that indicates a direction for  effective engagement. I might be able to straighten out a few paper piles & put some things in their proper files. Let’s see if it works!


Media Technology and Infinite Layers of Unreality


Today we’re all wired to something or other. No way around that. And I love a good movie as much as anyone. Not only that, but in the past and somewhat today I am reputed to be something of a mixed media devotee. However, the layers of unreality within which we are entwined nowadays causes me great concern, particularly for the young, who are hooked on multimedia games and systems that are, in my opinion, distractive, illusory, and highly addictive.


The inadequacy of surrogate reality is most clearly felt when we are in the presence of circumstances so intensely real that they seem surreal, as for instance when we suffer the irretrievable, incomprehensible loss of someone greatly loved. At such times, there is a tremendous need for spiritual comfort, and many forms of art serve, I believe, to create a sense of deep inner assurance somewhat akin to what folks sometime find in church. Listening to Bob Dylan’s most recently released songs on TELL TALE SIGNS does that for me, even as I roll along on my way to work.


I couldn’t help thinking about Pablo Picasso as I watched Javier Bardem operate so suavely, so artistically in VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA, which, for me, was a vivid  reflection of Picasso’s comment about how art is a lie that helps us see the truth. And when I saw SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, it was kind of like seeing an Indian-styled PULP FICTION, ‘though with a much more up-beat, redemptive conclusion. Sister Mary Corita (aka Corita Kent) used to observe that any film about life is a religious motion picture. Like most things, media can both do harm and heal. Moderation is the key.

– Bill Joyner



Every young woman

who gives birth to a child

is a virgin mother,

to me.



of biblical linguistics

seem to



by Chris Browne

  Time seems to be rushing me through these “golden years.” Nothing stays put very long. I talk to Cora in Atlanta, across so many miles and years. The heart is lifted, the spirit is renewed as I hear about long ago, precious friends in Bermuda, circa 1953.





Eschatology, the study of Last Things-- the things that most matter when little else does in an enduring sense. Like gardening. Like biking. Like sunshine!  







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THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL (A Circus of Spiritual Discovery)

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The Celestial Carousel is a collage of original text, social commentary, quotations from American literature, and artwork by noted cartoonist, Christopher Browne.

In this "Circus of Spiritual Discovery," poet William T. Joyner explores secular experience and biblical ideals as a natural/Taoist response to the uneasy rise of worldwide fundamentalism in the 21st Century.


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