About

I’m Barry Lively and I have the Spirit and Seeing blog.  Welcome.

The idea for Spirit and Seeing has been growing for some time and it was finally time to see what it has to say.  To see what it has to say, or what I have to say?  I’ve come to understand and appreciate a cartoon I saw many years ago in which two men are talking.  One indignantly says to the other “How do I know what I mean until I say it?”  I know what that means now.  I hope to better understand what I mean when I write it.

Spirit and Seeing is about the mutual nourishment of spirituality and photography.  I have been photographing for many years and reading/thinking about spiritual matters for nearly as long.  I’ve come to see a deep connection between them and we’ll be talking about that in posts and articles.  I’m not a professional in either photography or theology, I suppose you would say that I am an earnest amateur.

I trained in experimental psychology many years ago and have followed several paths in that field, teaching at Bowdoin College, then doing mental health program evaluation and finally doing work in human factors for AT&T and Lucent.  In essence, human factors is about making products and systems easy to use.  It’s been awhile since I did that work, having been retired for some time.

When I was teaching at Bowdoin, the Psychology department flanked both sides of the chapel on campus.  This, it seemed to me, was an interesting illustration of the relation between soul and mind.  I don’t see walls separating those two parts of being human anymore.

My wife and I live in Indianapolis with our two white German shepherds, Prince and Tuck.  I’ll sign off now, it’s time to take the dogs for a walk.

You can contact me at spiritandseeing@gmail.com or just send comments

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Barry!
    I enjoyed reading your blog postings and viewing your photographs. There were some that I liked especially, like the rose petals in the pond (?) Thank you again, for sharing your work with me, and now with the blog, I feel as though I have a sort of starting point. I am also degreed in Psych, and found so many connections between theories and spirituality -particularly with Jung. Another place where we may have connected was with Ameritech; I worked in Engineering with Gordon Smith, purchasing Lucent, Siemens, and Nortel switches. Who knows? Well, gotta go get my dog from the yard, and practice my cello! Take care, Cynthia

  2. Hi Barry!I enjoyed reading your blog postings and viewing your photographs. There were some that I liked especially, like the rose petals in the pond (?) Thank you again, for sharing your work with me, and now with the blog, I feel as though I have a sort of starting point. I am also degreed in Psych, and found so many connections between theories and spirituality -particularly with Jung. Another place where we may have connected was with Ameritech; I worked in Engineering with Gordon Smith, purchasing Lucent, Siemens, and Nortel switches. Who knows? Well, gotta go get my dog from the yard, and practice my cello! Take care, Cynthia
    +1

  3. Interesting quote: “How do I know what I mean until I say it?” For me ‘thinking’, ‘saying’ and ‘doing’ can be three different entities…. 😉
    Greetings from Napier, Western Cape, South Africa (a long way from Indianapolis indeed but I passed your town end of eighties/beginning nineties)

    Herman

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