Tag Archives: Michael Barfield

The Painted Soul

From my teenage years to the present, I have lived in the soul-shaping presence of the art and music of Michael Barfield, a.k.a. “the painted soul.” Michael’s creative expressions have given voice to my own journey. Wherever I have lived, … Continue reading

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The old king

Georges Rouault, The Old King (1937);Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania What a dignity (almost obscure) the old king has. We overlook the flowers in his hand. His sympathy runs deep, for he has long battled the darkness within and … Continue reading

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What are your dreams?

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. This was one of the first poems I … Continue reading

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Difficulties of experimental refutation

According to Aristotle, when one drops a ball, the ball falls straight down to the ground, because its “natural motion” seeks the center of the Earth. The ball’s natural motion is straight down – not curved, not sideways, not diagonal, … Continue reading

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Bruce Cockburn – love in a broken world

“Like a stone on the surface of a still river, driving the ripples on forever, redemption rips through the surface of time in the cry of a tiny babeā€¦” (Bruce Cockburn, “Cry of a Tiny Babe”) The Incarnation reveals the … Continue reading

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Wedding scriptures

25 years! Arise, my darling, My beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard … Continue reading

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Marriage, creation’s dance

25 years! On the morning of summer solstice in 1986, between Candace’s solo of “The Lord is My Shepherd” and Michael Barfield’s performance of “Season Suite” (see Wedding music), best man David Noble read the following reflections on Isaac and … Continue reading

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Wedding music

25 years! I fell in love with Candace the first time I saw her as I listened to her sing, and ever since she has brought wonderful music into my life. At our wedding, held outdoors near a wooded stream … Continue reading

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