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Jane Beal
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writer, educator, midwife
writer, educator, midwife

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Many years ago there was a very religious and holy man, one of the monks of a convent, and he was one day kneeling at his prayers in the garden of his monastery, when he heard a little bird singing in one of the rose-trees of the garden, and there never…

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He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring’d with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Alfred Lord Tennsyon

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This morning, when there was not yet bright light in the sky, I was walking across the University of La Verne Campus. I saw a bird crouched behind the leopard statue beneath one of our giant oak trees in Sneaky Park. It flew up from the ground to one of…

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Sora On Saturday, I went walking in Bonelli Regional Park with my neighbor Michelle. When we were by the reeds that edge Puddingstone Reservoir, I spotted a lone Sora hunting in the waters — her white tail bobbing behind her! There were many other birds…

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“At length did cross an albatross, thorough the fog came; as if it had been a Christian soul, we hailed it in God’s name” Samuel Taylor Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner (drawing by Gustav Doré)

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I. WHAT was he doing, the great god Pan,     Down in the reeds by the river ? Spreading ruin and scattering ban, Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat, And breaking the golden lilies afloat     With the dragon-fly on the river. II. He tore out a…

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My biographical essay on Judith Wilks, royal midwife to Queen Mary of Modena, now appears in Midwifery Today 123 (Fall 2017), 48-51. EXCERPT: “When the Catholic Queen Mary of Modena, wife of King James II of England, gave birth on June 10, 1688 to a son,…

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My new collection of poems about birding and the spiritual life: UNCAGED hard-copy * read online WHAT NEVER FAILS We went to the water to see the Pelican – the one, they say, who stabs her breast and feeds her young with blood (like Christ), but there was…

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My biographical essay, “Christina of Markyate,” now appears in British Writers Supplement,Vol. 24, ed. Jay Parini (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Cenage Learning, 2018), 59-73. EXCERPT: “Born into an ambitious Anglo-Saxon family in Huntingdon, England, not…

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