february 7, 2017

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“Be kind, there is really, after all, nothing else worth doing and all others things done, if done without kindness, are unlikely to bring to harvest the hope with which the deed was begun.” ~ Mark Davis

 

shadow twins (snapseed)

 

Back in December, after the library’s holiday lunch at Commonwealth Stadium, Crystal and I walked back to the office. It’s funny how often she and I are on the same page. It can be a good page or a bad page. Today, we were on a bad page. For me, technology has been utterly atrocious at work for the last two weeks, and today it bit Crystal, too. So, there we were in my office trading complaints. I would really miss her if one of us left UK. I found this photo from that walk we had in December and it reaffirmed that thought. My life is so much richer with her as my friend. Her little kindnesses, that silly laugh, big brain, and mad cooking skills are just what I need to get me through a day job (I’m so unsuited to a day job it’s kind of scary that I can do it at all). I don’t know what I’d do without her.

may 22, 2016

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“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

into the West
into the West

 

I made my way from Ellen Fagala in Little Rock to Angie Bliss Fanning at the 2 Pony Ranch in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was my first look at the ranch without the iconic red house. It was a bit jarring, but I was expecting that. Near the golden hour, Ang and I hopped in the golf cart and made a pass around the Ranch where the pasture land is being prepped for hay harvest. Earlier in the day I’d taken out the garbage, and immediately found myself staring at the grassless square where the old house sat. I retraced the lines of the old sidewalk; imagined the bay window, it’s underpinning provided a makeshift dog house for Foster, Sadie’s baby-daddy; the now fully visible Sycamore tree, it’s limbs once low enough to touch Angie’s upper bedroom deck. My eyes welled with tears. In that empty square I replayed significant events of my life. I didn’t battle tears of sadness, but I smiled through tears of a most sincere gratitude. I wouldn’t trade a second of my life for the joy I’ve found at the 2 Pony Ranch.

 

shadow of former selves
shadow of former selves

 

october 17, 2014

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“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
~ Thoreau

 

eye of the rainbow
eye of the rainbow

 

Sometimes rainbows don’t reach the ground. As we approached Chicago from Madison, we encountered a few decorator clouds. I looked out my window and that’s when I saw it: the jet’s shadow encircled by a rainbow. I just thought it was the coolest sight, and a harbinger of good things to come. It started with a fly over of beautiful Lake Michigan.

 

Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan

july 7, 2014

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“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.
Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.
The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen:
room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
~ Pema Chodron

 

Episcopal
Episcopal

 

I continue to mull over the photos I’ve taken of sacred spaces to date. Here are a few from last weekend for you to enjoy….or dislike. I’m not sure I even like them all, but everybody has to make coal to get to the diamond.

Methodist sunset
Methodist sunset

 

Cane Ridge from above
Cane Ridge from above

 

Lutheran sacred garden
Lutheran sacred garden

 

American religion
American religion

august 19, 2013

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Sound when stretched is music.
Movement when stretched is dance.
Mind when stretched is meditation.
Life when stretched is celebration.
~ Ravishankar

through trees
through trees

I parked in a different location this morning to avoid the onslaught of student returns. I have to say, the walk to the office was fantastic. Peaceful is a word I would use. Even the cicadas seemed happy. I shall explore this space more in coming weeks. I liked it a lot.

snappy cicada pizza
snappy cicada pizza