Quote of the Month

"We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves."

Chief Seattle, Native American

"...continually strive to find something good in yourself. Always be on guard against the arguments of the insidious inner voice trying to persuade you that you're no damn good, that you've never done anything of value, that even the good you've attempted is defective. This is the voice of the enemy.

"Your most effective defense is the simple fact that it's inconceivable you don't have some good points. Find one...then find another. Keep looking....By adding one good point to another, you gradually move from self-deprecation to self-respect and only through such self-affirmation will you merit to make t-shuva, 'return' to God.

"Once you acknowledge within yourself even the littlest bit of good...(you will be) able to raise yourself in joy...now finally able to pray.

"You must roar like a lion for the goodness you will find in yourself and others."


Rabbi Nachman

Comments for Clare's book Tall Grasses of Woods Hole and Summery Poems

I was re-reading some selections from Tall Grasses of Woods Hole & Other Summery Poems and the words just soothed my soul. Literally soothed my soul and spirit.
--Anonymous

“Clare Rosenfield’s new book of poetry is a spirited, personal account of experiences not only in, but also of, Nature. Her images of Cape Cod light, shade and color are as fresh as those of the American impressionists who found this landscape a source of physical delight and personal expression. In her reinvention of the pastoral lyric, she has written poetry as essentially spiritual as that of Hillaire Belloc or Frances Cornford.”
--Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Professor of Medicine, N.Y.U., author of The Woods Hole Cantata

“Clare writes from a place we can all go. She brings me There, where I become a little drunk on the Nature of things. Between the two covers of this book . . . rivers sing and never look back, the heart has eyes. I’m reminded to enter the pause between two breaths; if I take the time, I arrive Home.”
--Joan Lederman, potter, The Soft Earth

“Clare Rosenfield’s new book of poetry is a spirited, personal account of experiences not only in, but also of, Nature. Her images of Cape Cod light, shade and color are as fresh as those of the American impressionists who found this landscape a source of physical delight and personal expression. In her reinvention of the pastoral lyric, she has written poetry as essentially spiritual as that of Hillaire Belloc or Frances Cornford.”
--Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Professor of Medicine, N.Y.U., author of The Woods Hole Cantata

“Woods Hole in summer is an unusual and rare village surrounded by the sea, and occupied by a mélange of marine biologists, artists, philosophers, and tourists galore. Yet there are quiet and secret places and Clare Rosenfield captures these in poems that resonate with evocative images and language that is sharp, unsentimental and strikingly concise. For those who love Woods Hole and its surrounds, take down this book in the drear of winter and dream of summers past and savor the hope of those to come!”
-–Morris Karnovsky, M.B.B.Ch., Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Comments for Clare's book The Call of Mother Earth

The Call of Mother Earth by Clare S. Rosenfield is a myth for our time.
--Pir Zia Inayat Khan, President of the Sufi Order International, Editor of A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music, and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan

A rhapsody of call and response, a choir of voices answering the call sounded by Mother Earth, a restorative path that maps a route to activate the forces of light over darkness, The Call of Mother Earth celebrates our collective power towards the surcease of human suffering. It is one person’s fervent dedication to all we are and all we can be, ever appreciative “that our good hearts and our good earth are interrelated as each of us turns upon the axis of eternal becoming."
--Sarfaraz Susan Dawdy, MSW, LCSW, clinician, family therapist, and program director for the McInerney Parent Center within Berkshire County, Sufi Order Center leader at the Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY

This is inspired work—in the tradition of William Blake.
--Sondra Zeidenstein, author of A Detail In That Story, publisher of Chicory Blue Press

A beautifully written mythic journey that teaches us to fill the spaces of our lives with love.
--Judith Orseck Katz, author/artist of A Painter’s Guide to the Catskills of Rip Van Winkle: The Magic Places

This beautiful book, coming so appropriately in our time, is the feminine voice of a prophet in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran.
Rabia Longworth, Interfaith Minister

Comments for Clare's book Roll On Great Earth

“Our world needs creative and sensitive artists like you to wake us up. You inspire me to take the hard, hard things that we who have had the privilege to travel widely have seen and to turn them into stories and strong testaments of what could and should be.”
--Linda Harrar, Senior Content Director, PBS Global Health Series

Clare Rosenfield's poems cry outrage at the cruelty and absurdity of war. "Could we stop stoking memory's furnace/with withered skins of past loves/turned hateful," she writes in "Upon Seeing the Ashes of Gandhi. My favorite poem in this collection is her beautiful litany of love for our earth in her finale, "One Mother of Us All."
Pat Schneider, Founder of AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists), author of seven books, including A Continuing Passion: Writing Alone & With Others, Oxford University Press.

I love your writings that go so deep with universal connections.
Doris Gerber

Thank you so much for the beautiful book. Exactly what we need at a time like this. Wonderful job.
Anonymous

Comments for Clare's article "The Power of Thought" which appeared on the web site in March, 2003. Contact Clare directly if you would like to obtain a copy of the article.

I browsed your website, came upon your monthly article, "The Power of Thought," and actually had a lovely experience sort of meditating while reading it! It is a wonderful, wonderful piece.
Connie Higgins