I’m Lorne Blumer, spiritual seeker and part-time finder.  I lead Hineinu, an initiative for contemplative Jewish practice in Toronto, have gone through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality‘s program in Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training (yes, it’s a mouthful, but if you say it slowly enough, it starts to make sense), and unless I can find a good excuse not to, I sit on a meditation cushion every morning.  I also wander around the world as circumstances permit, try to get to New Orleans at least once a year, and sometimes write about all that, too.

Me - Aug 2017

Hope you enjoy spending time here,



16 responses to “ABOUT ME & ABOUT THIS

  1. Andrea

    Lorne, your stories are wonderful but why is there so little ABOUT YOU in the ABOUT ME section of your blog?

  2. Interesting question, Andrea.

    I’m tempted to respond with something glib like…well, I didn’t want to spoil my considerable mystique.

    Closer to the truth is that I guess I’m hoping that some of the more interesting parts of who I am will come through in the pieces I post.

    I’m glad, by the way, that you like what you’ve seen so far.

  3. erin c.

    Loved the first installment. Seems you have a real knack for photography as well as writing. Looking forward to more of both! I particularly love the pics from northern Manitoba.
    Mazel Tov on launching your blog and best of luck with your book!


  4. Blair

    Great job, Lorne – your passion for your work is inspiring!

  5. Leonard S.

    I like your current writings, Lorne. As for knowing you, I knew the 14-17 year old Lorne, who used to play baseball with the the guys, talk to me about his favourite Simon & Garfunkel songs, and who gave a wonderful valedictorian speech at his high school grad. I’m proud to have known the 17 year old Lorne. And, if I knew the 50 year old Lorne, I’m sure I would be just as proud.

    • Very kind words, Leonard. Thank you.

      Talk about “la plus sa change”…still playing baseball (or softball, to be more precise), Paul Simon’s music still resonates strongly for me, and I still speechify whenever I can find an audience too polite to leave 🙂

  6. Lorne this blog is cool. I am glad to have found it. Your photos are wonderful and I like your writing too. Keep up the good work. Almost forgot you were valedictorian too.
    Bruce F.

  7. Lisa Holborn

    Keep going with your journey. It is inspiring!!!

  8. Margo Miller

    I have been working on a series of tiny (playing card sized) pieces on the morning blessings in my art journaling studio in Cotati California. Some of them are full of woo-woo deep thought and some of them are silly and funny — you just never know. I was sort of giving up on she-asani Yisrael until I stumbled upon your blog and read the bug on the windshield piece. Of course! Thank you so much!

    • So happy to know that my effort where she-asani Yisrael is concerned was useful to you. For me at least, it feels important that, even as I want my spiritual endeavours to be accessible and meaningful to everyone, that I make sure not to water down their Jewish dimension.

  9. Helen Bauer

    Your writing and photography is extremely captivating. So wonderful to get to share the musical Contemplative Service part of you, along with these creative pieces.

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