MONTECITO’S CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

MONTECITO

The Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito is part of the compound on El Bosque Road that includes the adjacent and commonly-owned non-profit retreat center, La Casa de Maria. El Bosque means “woodlands” and the 26-acre grounds are studded with towering live oaks and other gorgeous old-growth trees. Footpaths meander through citrus orchards, an organic […]

CELLBLOCK VISIONS

CELLBLOCK VISIONS

Cellblock Visions, by Phyllis Kornfeld, “is a lively collection of inmate artwork, created behind bars, from county jail to death row – the alternative artworld flourishing today in American prisons. Men and women inmates, having no previous training, turn to art for a sense of self-respect, respect for and from others, a way to find peace. […]

DONALD EVANS AND HIS FANTASTIC WORLD OF POSTAGE STAMPS

DONALD EVANS

Donald Evans (1945-1977) “put his whole life and everything that interested him into the stamps of his fantasy world.” So says Willy Eisenhart, author of the wonderful “The World of Donald Evans.” Evans was born in Morristown, New Jersey to Dorothy and Charles Evans. An only child, he grew up in a stable, prosperous and […]

WHAT THE TREES SAY

SYCAMORE

From a New York Review of Books article by Thomas Pakenham dated December 8, 2016: Poets, [Fiona] Stafford* continues, are quicker than suburban gardeners to appreciate the virtues of the sycamore. She cites John Clare’s lyrical account of the “splendid sycamore” with its mountain of sunny green foliage. Its sticky leaves, he wrote, were a […]