Throughout the book, Eddy challenges the reader to consider the nature of thought. She asks, “Are thoughts divine or human?” We might then ask: “And, how do we know the difference?” Eddy points out that human thought is erring, often hindering or doing more harm than good. Her own research and discoveries about the nature of human thinking and the difference between the human brain and divine Mind (God) follow the teachings of both Jesus and then St. Paul – who said, “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.”Continue Reading
Mary Baker Eddy had every right to believe she was a victim of life’s circumstances. But she didn’t.
A frail child, Eddy’s formal education came to an end at the age of twelve, which was a fairly accepted practice for girls in the 19th century. But she wanted to learn, and persisted with her education at home, helped by her brother.
However, from childhood, one of the most valuable things she learned was from her mother – to lean always on God’s love.Continue Reading
Watching her mother Hilda Gorenstein slowly disappear into the labyrinth of Alzheimers disease, Berna Huebner asked her: “Would you like to paint again?” Her mother , a celebrated and acclaimed painter known as Hilgos, responded: “Yes, I remember better when I paint.”
This small comment inspired her daughter to seek ways to help her mother reconnect with her artistic life, and with those around her. The doctor suggested to Huebner that she could link her mother with some students from the Art Institute of Chicago, and following this advice, several became involved with Hilgos. Slowly and patiently, Hilgos rediscovered what she loved to do best – paint. It was through her painting that Huebner was better able to communicate with her mother – not in the same way, but differently, and with a new language.
Following this experience, Huebner was inspired to make a documentary that explores how the arts can transform the lives of those living with different forms of dementia. Produced in collaboration with film director Eric Ellena, the movie, “I Remember Better When I Paint,” celebrates the courage of her mother who rediscovered her painting gift, and explores the experiences of others who are discovering the influence of art on cognitive ability.
Narrated by Olivia de Haviland, with some in-depth interviews with leading neurologists, the movie shows that..Continue Reading
Would you prefer to be controlled by fear or pleasure? This was an assignment given to my daughter when she was 15 years old. She was asked to read and analyze two fiction books: 1984 by George Orwell, where the world is controlled by fear, torture and surveillance; and Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, where society is ruled by drugs, conformity and ultimate pleasures. Her task was to argue which regime was more successful in controlling its citizens.
Which would you choose?……Continue Reading