October Newsletter 2018

We're Gainin'

Ray digging the foundation trench for the Little School building at Collins Brook 1969
Originator of the phrase - and book title - We're Gainin'

"Ray drove his back-hoe over the new bridge, up the driveway and began to dig the trenches for the foundation. We had broken ground. As much as I wanted to see walls going up, we were going down! My rational mind knew the reason: we had to anchor the building walls to concrete that went down below the frost line, in this region of Maine about four feet. I appreciated that we were digging roots for the new school, all our hopes and dreams, and all the school stood for, in the Maine earth. I got it. But I wanted to be going up. I wanted to see the new school building take shape against the sky. I bugged Ray about our progress. He took off his cap, adjusted his glasses, scratched his hair, then ducked his head in the shy way he had, and said out of the corner of his mouth, “We’re gainin’.”

From page 71: We’re Gainin’: Collins Brook, A Maine Free School - A Memoir


Spiritual Companionship

I continue to offer Spiritual Companionship: individual meetings for students in my home office sanctuary.
These are opportunities to develop interfaith spiritual practice, explore the everyday divine, discern what God might be asking, create sacred space to listen to the still, small voice within, and other ways to honor and join the eternal Presence, the Mystery.

Each meeting opens with a silent meditation framed by the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl.

By appointment:
please contact me by telephone, text or email.

(see contact information below)


Chaplaincy Institute of Maine

OMcoming & Planetary Chaplain Award

Saturday, October 20, 2018
(note new date)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
302 Stevens Avenue


Your Second Act Conference

Keynote by my friend and former ChIMe presenter Gregg Levoy with 11 workshops in an all-day conference designed to explore lifestyle, work and wellness after 50.


Sat, October 20, 2018

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT



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University of New England - Portland Campus

716 Stevens Avenue

Portland, ME 04103


I will be officiating again at the annual

Remembrance Day Candlelight Service
Wilde Memorial Chapel
Evergreen Cemetery
Sunday, November 4, 20184 p.m.
Portland, Maine

Open to the Public



 Meditation from Chapter 7: Awareness of Essence
Be like a smooth round stone sitting peacefully in its place on the earth, all its surface open and shining.  


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Rev. Dr. Jacob Watson

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