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Spring 2001 Edition



THIS SPRING 2001 edition of Watershed Online entitled Ripping the Roof Off asks us to spend time with a variety of strangers and strange events that reveal the promise of spring, renewal and rebirth.



Watershed Online recommends Michael Higgins' study of Merton called Heretic Blood. He maintains that Merton was a modern day William Blake whose life can be understood through examining energies - Blake called them zoas - which fought viciously for dominance in his life. Guest author John Emslie unravels the spiritual significance of the Blakean zoas, reason and instinct, love and wisdom that lead us to an eventual inner harmony.

Our Literature feature plunks us smack down into the strange darkness of Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum. In this retelling of the tale, you are invited to experience the unexpected good news of horror - The Light Side of Darkness.



Not only does darkness have a light side, the light often has a darkness that illuminates. Thomas Merton, perhaps the brightest monastic "bulb" of the last century, struggled with dark ambiguity, confusion and doubt. In A Poem to Mount Merton Arthur Paul Patterson attempts to capture some of Merton's strange struggle. (Quicktime 4 required for audio)



Plot reversals in books and movies have mirrored the paradox of spring for many in our local community. The Watershed Book Cafe features the books of 2000 that spoke most poignantly to the members of our local Watershed community.

Our regular readers may recall that several of us from Watershed recently visited the Jesus Through the Centuries exhibition in Edmonton, Alberta. The curator of the Provincial Museum of Alberta, David Goa, has contributed his own reflections on the exhibition including how the face of Christ is found most clearly in the presence of the stranger at the juncture of the Emmaus Road.

Our Mythic Movies section includes reviews of two extremely controversial movies with religious themes: The Rapture starring David Duchovny and Dogma with Alanis Morrisette featured as a whimsical deity. Speaking of whimsical figures, Lydia Penner has written a tale, The Priceless Penny, in which an elementary teacher tips educational values on their head and reveals the significance of classroom relationships.

And finally, here's a slide show retrospective of images taken last year of our local Watershed community. It's entitled Watershed Sketches: All You Need is Love. Some images admittedly have a winter-like quality, but aren't we all on the trail of spring's promise of renewal, both inward and outward?





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