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Peter Clothier

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Peter Clothier is an internationally-known writer who specializes in writing about art and artists. He believes in avoiding the jargon that obscures much current writing about art, and in writing simply, clearly, in language that the lay person can readily understand. He seeks to achieve a harmony of mind, heart, and body in his work, and looks for this quality in the artists he writes about. A reformed academic, now fifteen years in recovery, he has returned in recent years to teaching, in mostly non-traditional ways: in workshops, continuing groups, and individual coaching and mentoring for artists and writers.

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A NEW RESOLVE

It has been a while since I did very much of anything in the blogosphere, aside from posting my own thoughts on The Buddha Diaries once in a while. Was a time when I posted almost daily and enjoyed exchanges with a network of fellow bloggers, but I have allowed much of that to lapse in these past three, now going on four difficult years. Just lately, I have been posting here no more than a couple

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Peter Clothier Peter Clothier said: " THE SIMPOL SOLUTION: Solving Global Problems Could Be Easier Than We Think, by John Bunkl and Nick Duffell, Peter Owen Publishers.

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Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen by Brad Warner
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Dear Brad Warner,

I have a few thoughts about your new book, “Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen.” (They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I hope you’ll forgive this
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The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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We start at the height of the Spanish Civil War, a brutal period described by some as the dress rehearsal for the apocalypse of World War II. The story of the attack on Guernica by Adolf Hitler's German bombers is well known, thanks in part to Picass ...more
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The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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We start at the height of the Spanish Civil War, a brutal period described by some as the dress rehearsal for the apocalypse of World War II. The story of the attack on Guernica by Adolf Hitler's German bombers is well known, thanks in part to Picass ...more
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Love on Every Breath by Lama Palden Drolma
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Can a lay person like myself learn the ancient Tibetan practice of tonglen? Sometimes called “taking and sending”, it teaches the practitioner to breathe in the suffering of self and others—eventually of the entire world—envisioned usually as a strea ...more
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From Suffering to Peace by Mark  Coleman
From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness
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recommended for: Those interested in finding peace in their lives.
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I have been reading a review copy of From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness by Michael Coleman, a long-time teacher of Buddhist meditation practice who himself spent many years in training with teachers in a variety of traditions an ...more
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Guesthouse for Ganesha by Judith Teitelman
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As you'll discover on the first page of Judith Teitelman's novel, Guesthouse for Ganesha, the guesthouse in the title alludes to the lovely Rumi poem whose first line is "This being human is a guesthouse."

The poem is about our need to welcome all exp
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Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley by Carol Es
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You’ll find yourself rooting for Carol all the way through this hair-raising account of a brutally dysfunctional childhood, a bewildering adolescence of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, and an early adulthood oppressed by the manipulative wiles and practi ...more
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming
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I learned a lot, reading Michelle Obama's "Becoming". I learned, first--being neither of these two myself--something about being a woman and being black. Ms. Obama--I can't bring myself to call her by her first name, which would feel presumptuous; no ...more
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Hitler and the Habsburgs by James McMurtry Longo
Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Führer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals
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recommended to Peter Clothier by: I received a review copy
recommended for: History buffs and those concerned with American politics today
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There's a knee-jerk reaction these days whenever someone compares Donald J. Trump to Hitler--a
shudder and a rejection of even the remotest possibility. Unhappily, James Longo's Hitler and the Habsburgs might give you pause.

More of that in a moment. F
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“It's perfectly possible to enjoy a good, civilized, person-to-person conversation with a picture on a museum wall. Talk to it, listen carefully, and it will more than likely talk back to you.”
Peter Clothier, Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art

60484 Mind Work — 55 members — last activity Aug 29, 2012 08:20AM
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To reciprocate the appreciation of different artists and discuss their lives and works.
74322 The Work of Peter Clothier: Q&A Group — 9 members — last activity Aug 20, 2012 03:32PM
I would love to open up an ongoing Q&A session for my readers or readers to be. I'm more than happy to discuss specifics from any of my books or more ...more
356 Buddhist — 457 members — last activity Sep 06, 2018 03:38PM
A group for readers of Buddhist literature.
56677 ♥Artists Never Die♥ — 22 members — last activity Jul 13, 2016 06:18AM
Whether it's drawing, painting, deviantart, type art, poetry, writing, photography or any type or art you can think of, this is the place to share it. ...more
58836 Helping Hands — 46 members — last activity Jan 11, 2019 08:56AM
For all of you good Samaritans and Humanitarians out there! This group is to bolster some encouragement, share ideas, and renew the spirit of 'loving ...more
10153 Purple America — 7 members — last activity Oct 30, 2008 05:46PM
The goal: constructive dialogue between progressives and conservatives. The means: talking about authors, books, people and ideas on their merits.
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