2034

I looked twice when I saw the date.  May 5, 2034.

This was the maturity date for a bond.

How many years is that from today?  16 Continue reading “2034”

Not one of them was capable of lying,

When I can’t find the words I need, I turn to poets and writers for their words on suffering.  Some words are a balm.  Others, an affirmation.

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Apache Blessing

My preconceived notion about Apaches is limited to American history classes and popular media where they were often referred to as savage warriors.  This reputation spread to Europe with the result that in France, the word “apache” refers to an outlaw.

Finding an Apache blessing posted on a friend’s refrigerator offered a balance to my view of them as only a vicious people.  Of course, if I were defending my family and my way of life, I would be warlike also! Continue reading “Apache Blessing”

Restoring my soul

Spending a week in paradise.

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Continue reading “Restoring my soul”

Party Dress!

When you want to put your best foot forward, here’s the dress you need! Continue reading “Party Dress!”

The last of 2017

With apologies to Charles Dickens.

In many ways, 2017 was the best of times for me.

Then in the last eight months, it was the worst of times bringing terrible grief.

Now on the last day of 2017, I am looking forward with guarded optimism to 2018.

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Musings on my birthday

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Today is my birthday which puts me in a philosophical frame of mind.

I found myself thinking about the tumultuous year that flew by.

So many good things! Life was a joy.  My sons and their families were doing great. Continue reading “Musings on my birthday”

Prayer for Evening

I give God thanks for all that was good in the day that is ending.

I ask God’s mercy on my sins and omissions this day.

I seek God’s peace in my home and in all the world this night. Amen

(Prayer from   Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book )

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One of my favorite saints.  He was human.  He was flawed.

He was a theologian, philosopher and bishop.

I have found his writings relevant to our world even though he lived centuries ago in an equally imperfect world.

Confessions of Saint Augustine
The City of God
On Christian Doctrine

Saint Augustine’s Influence

According to Wikipedia, Saint Augustine influenced

Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Bonaventure, John Calvin, Martin Luther, René Descartes, Cornelius Jansen, Nicolas Malebranche, Søren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antonio Negri, Jean-Paul Sartre, Benedict XVI

Augustine of Hippo

In times of sorrow, in times of fear, I seek comfort from the wisdom of great personages of our past.  The thread of humanity lives on in their words and deeds.

 

 

No Rest This Sunday

I am exhausted.

What started as a lovely Sunday turned into a harrowing experience.

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Head up. Keep Moving.

Cherish moments & experiences, not things.

~Shana Verstegen, Lumberjack & Fitness Pro Continue reading “Head up. Keep Moving.”