Editorial Note: As soon as I dipped a toe into the waters of The Saint and the Sultan:  The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace by Paul Moses (a documentary version recently aired on PBS), I knew I had to ask James to write a review.  James gracefully rose to the occasion as he always does. James R. Cowles is a member of The Bardo Group Beguines and a… Read More

“We wrote the book because we believe that personal writing is very potent both for the writer and the reader, because some of the greatest literature is rooted in personal material.” Myra Schneider in an interview with Jamie Dedes It always seems to me that writing  about life – “personal material” –  is a healing activity, a way to live hugely, and a way to empower ourselves and others. Whether we do it for… Read More

  Yesterday in Part 1 of this piece I closed with … “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.” ~Simonides of Ceos (556-468 BCE), Greek lyric poet I chose that quote for two reasons.  First, Myra Schneider‘s way with poetry lends truth to Simonides’ observation that “poetry is painting with the gift of speech.”  Second, Simonides was known in his day for presenting the human condition in terms… Read More

“I always had this notion that you earned your living and that poetry was a grace.” Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Irish, poet, playwright, translator, educator and Nobel Prize winner I’m sure my friend, John Anstie, poet and renaissance man, The Bardo Group core team member, and editor of and contributor to Petrichor Rising (eBook and paperback), a 2013 poetry collection of The Grass Roots Poetry Group (GRPG), would prefer that I focused on the poems… Read More