11
Feb
16

2.11.16 … words, words, words …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 2/40), Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte:

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It’s another cold day. It’s 31°. However, just like yesterday, it is gloriously sunny.

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(And I love it that this center stone was quarried from the same quarry in France as the stones used to create Chartres Cathedral.)

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and this is what struck me from my morning devotional so …

Words, words, words:

“Still, the word has the power to create. When God speaks, God creates. When God says, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), light is. God speaks light. For God, speaking and creating are the same. It is this creative power of the word we need to reclaim. What we say is very important. When we say, “I love you,” and say it from the heart, we can give another person new life, new hope, new courage. When we say, “I hate you,” we can destroy another person. Let’s watch our words.

How can you use words today to bless someone else?”

Source: http://www.thespiritlife.net/facets/exchanged/63-motivated/motivated-reflection/2757-february-11-devotional-henri-nouwen

So today I will try to keep wonderful joyful words and thoughts in my head and share them …

Sunshine
Chirping
Old dogs
Savory
Smile
Child of God

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Blessings!

2.11.16

10
Feb
16

2.10.16 … “We are back in the garden, where our desire was birthed, where our need was born. Our need for a savior …”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 1/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte, Ash Wednesday, Lent history:

for the fifth year, I walk for Lent  I’m always amazed where it takes me …

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It is a cold, crisp wintry day. The birds are chirping the sun is shining fountain water is flowing.

 

And this is my first 2016 Lenten Walk …

In the information box there is a poem which I read as I walked

A new beginning the flight has been wiped clean,
A new beginning

We are back in the garden, where our desire was birthed, where our need was born. Our need for a savior …

My mind wanders … Why 40 days when actually 46?

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter? | USCatholic.org
“The 40 days of Lent” has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday.

Already at the Council of Nicea in 325 the bishops spoke of the quadragesima paschae (Latin for “40 days before Easter”) as the well-established custom. At that time Lent began on the sixth Sunday before Easter and ended at dusk on Holy Thursday—40 days. But the council also forbade fasting, kneeling, and any other acts of sorrow and penance on Sundays, even in Lent. So only 34 of the 40 days were for fasting.

Since Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days after his Baptism, Christians in the fifth century wanted literally 40 days of penance before Easter. The first step was to add Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the “paschal fast,” to make 36 fasting days.

The second step occurred over the course of the next few centuries in Rome. In addition to baptizing new Christians at Easter, the practice of welcoming back on Holy Thursday those who were baptized but who had committed serious sins became popular. Just as those to be baptized entered into final and intense preparation during Lent, those to be reconciled were expected to do likewise. But the first day of Lent—a Sunday—was already full, with Eucharist, a penitential procession through the city, and the rite of election for those to be baptized.

So those to be reconciled on Holy Thursday gathered on the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent. Wednesday (along with Friday) was already a day of fasting throughout the year, so it was appropriate to gather the penitents on that day. Borrowing a sacred sign from the scriptures, the bishop sprinkled ashes on the heads of the penitents, which they wore (without washing) until Holy Thursday as a sign of their sorrow.

This sacred sign was so attractive that even those who were not in a state of serious sin began to ask for ashes on the Wednesday before Lent. By the 11th century the pope recommended to all the bishops that ashes be distributed to anyone who sought them on that day, which became, of course, Ash Wednesday.

Here then, were four more days of fasting and penance: Ash Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before the first Sunday of Lent, bringing the total to 40. So today, while the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday) is technically 44 days, the number of days for penance and fasting before Easter is still 40: 44 days minus 6 Sundays equals 38, plus Good Friday and Holy Saturday equals 40.

Flickr image cc by DennisSylvesterHurd

– See more at: http://www.uscatholic.org/node/425#.dpuf

And as I leave the garden, I notice the effects of the winter on the rhododendrons …

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… and I realize how much I love walking daily at this time of year because I get to see CREATION come alive.

AND I have found a Little Free Library to gift some of my books!! image

Ashes to Ashes, Christian History, Ash Wednesday Evening Service, Selwyn Presbyterian Church: I attended my 4th Ash Wednesday Evening Service at Selwyn where I see my dear friend Mary. Of course I posted just to have it show up to remind me and then the service was about praying, giving, attending to get the attention of others when God knows your heart.  Dust to dust …

 

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“No,” I said, “it’s a church thing.” And so it is. The origins of our modern Lenten practices go back to the earliest days of the church, when potential converts first underwent a fast of 40 hours before their baptisms at the Easter Vigil—soon extended to a period of prayer, fasting, and contemplation lasting 40 days. (Biblical models for this included Noah’s time on the Ark and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, as well as Israel’s wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.) Sometime around the ninth or tenth century, this 40-day Lenten discipline merged with another service the church had developed several hundred years earlier to help sinners embody their repentance. (The first mention of Ash Wednesday by name is in a seventh-century service book, the Gelasian Sacramentary.) Those who had fallen into what the early church considered serious sin—everything from committing adultery to serving in the military to performing magic and occult practices—after confessing that sin were enrolled in an “order of penitents” until they had made restitution. In many ways, they were treated similarly to converts preparing for baptism, as they sat separately from the rest of the congregation, sometimes dressed in special clothing, and did not participate in the celebration of the Eucharist. Also, they wore ashes on their heads, drawing from the biblical precedent and imagery of verses such as Numbers 19:9,17; Hebrews 9:13; Jeremiah 6: 26; Daniel 9:3; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21, and Luke 10:13.

Source: Ashes to Ashes | Christian History

And i can’t forget to save this A Presbyterian Guide to Ashes:

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I love this Lenten practice:

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Broadway: I saw a really well done play of this in Annapolis MD in 2012 with Joni and  Alex. I’d like to see what Sorkin does with it.

The producer Scott Rudin has acquired stage rights for Harper Lee’s novel and has hired Aaron Sorkin to adapt the story. Bartlett Sher will direct.

“Mr. Rudin isn’t the first producer to bring the story of Atticus and Scout to the stage. The playwright Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been staged countless times in schools and regional theaters across the country. It was staged in London in 2013, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard as Atticus.

It is especially beloved in Ms. Lee’s hometown, Monroeville, Ala., where volunteers have put on the play every spring for the last 26 years. Ms. Lee and her lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, have taken a more active role in the stage production recently, and created a nonprofit, the Mockingbird Company, to produce the play in Monroeville.

But according to her literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, Ms. Lee has long been reluctant to sell the professional stage rights, despite entreaties by playwrights and producers.”

“While Nelle had always had misgivings about anyone who might want to bring ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Broadway — and there have been many approaches over the years — she finally decided that Scott would be the right person to embrace this,” Mr. Nurnberg said in an email, using the name Ms. Lee goes by among family and friends.

Source: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Headed to Broadway – The New York Times

24
Jan
16

1.24.16 … #keep pounding … 49-14 … great gifs

Panthers!

 

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SportsCenter, @SportsCenter, stats, Panthers-Cardinals NFC Championship
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Source: SportsCenter on Twitter: “Crazy Stat of the Day: The Panthers-Cardinals NFC Championship was the 1st 49-15 game in NFL history. https://t.co/ImV25nUKZj”

SportsCenter – Verified account ‏@SportsCenter

Crazy Stat of the Day: The Panthers-Cardinals NFC Championship was the 1st 49-15 game in NFL history.

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Source: SportsCenter on Twitter: “Crazy Stat of the Day: The Panthers-Cardinals NFC Championship was the 1st 49-15 game in NFL history. https://t.co/ImV25nUKZj”

 

23
Jan
16

1.23.16 … Let it freezing rain …

View from front steps …

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Massive snowstorm blanketing the East Coast, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly: A slightly different perceive …

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Like This Page · Yesterday ·   Massive snowstorm blanketing the East Coast clearly visible from the International Space Station! Stay safe! #YearInSpace

Source: (1) Massive snowstorm blanketing the East Coast… – NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly

CLT weather, freezing rain/sleet/snow, WSOC-TV – PHOTOS:

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PHOTOS: Freezing rain, sleet and snow fell in the region today and viewers sent us hundreds of photos like this one from @EmilyKozel #CLTSnow MORE PHOTOS

Source: WSOC-TV – PHOTOS: Freezing rain, sleet and snow fell in the region…

 geometric drawings, walking: 

Higher Perspective Simon Beck creates incredible geometric drawings by walking in the snow!

Source: (3) Higher Perspective

 Ice Melt: 

easiest way to make the ice melt — The ingredients needed are:

1/2 a gallon of warm water

2 ounces of rubbing alcohol

6 drop of liquid dish detergent

Source: To Make Ice Melt, He Mixes These Three Ingredients. Its Effectiveness Surprised Me!

Cape Winelands , South Africa, travel, The best places to visit in 2016, lists, Business Insider:

The Cape Winelands is where some of the world’s most popular wines are produced, making it an ideal destination for wine tasting. The area’s wineries are lined along some of the most scenic routes, including a historic wine estate that dates back centuries. Enjoy top-notch wine alongside a variety of locally produced cheese, olives, fruit, and organic produce, or try a meal at one of Franschoek’s many acclaimed restaurants.

Source: The best places to visit in 2016 – Business Insider

Sacred Harmony of Geometry,  Sacred Geometry Really Is,  EnergyFanatics.com:

There will come a day when music and its philosophy will become the religion of humanity. ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan What Sacred Geometry Really Is Sacred Geometry means literally “The Sacred Measure of the Earth”. But it could also be called “The Blueprint of all Creation”. In reality, Sacred Geometry is a profound spiritual science, which has been taught for thousands of years in spiritual traditions around the world. This is because Sacred Geometry reveals the actual patterns by which Spirit creates our World.1 There are a Ton of esoteric teachings with Sacred Geometry all through them. Yet no one really knew what Sacred Geometry REALLY represented: The segmented BLUEPRINTS to ENERGY; The Mathematical Formula of CREATION. Sacred Geometry represents the Segmented Blueprints of Magnetic Currents & Neutral Particles of Matter.2 One of the most important discoveries of the new quantum physics is that of the holographic nature of the universe. The geometric language of light, that forms the underlying matrix of this hologram, is the alphabet of the new paradigm. The primary infrastructure of all existence is written in the Sacred Geometric language of light. All is light … all is geometry. Sacred Geometry is the ‘graphic code’ that reveals the processes of inherent order underlying all of creation. The mathematical laws of Sacred Geometry govern every system of growth, every motion in the universe, from atomic bonds to spiraling galaxies.3

Source: Sacred Harmony of Geometry: What Sacred Geometry Really Is | EnergyFanatics.com

Remote Year, Travel the World for a Year While You Keep Your Job, Brit +: 

Here’s the deal: You love your work. You love to travel. Unfortunately, you can’t always have the best of both worlds (at least not with out a major career change) – but what about when you can? Enter: Remote Year, a company that will essentially arrange a trip around the world for you while you work remotely.

Source: This Company Will Help You Travel the World for a Year While You Keep Your Job | Brit +

Anshuman Ghosh, @moography, quirky, street photography,  fusion between what was real and what was not, phone framing:“I’ve got crazy ideas in my head when it comes to how I would like to see the world,” says Anshuman Ghosh (@moography), an Indian business developer based in South Africa. He was initially drawn to street photography, but Anshuman wasn’t able to create the world he imagined in his mind — one that was less serious and more quirky. “I wanted to create something that was a fusion between what was real and what was not,” he says. “I came up with this technique I call phone framing.” Anshuman sketches a drawing on paper, cuts it out and aligns everything together to create a seamless visual illusion. “Placing the phone in the picture gives me the freedom to trick my audience into believing the phone is more than something that it is.”

Source: Instagram Blog

Novel’s First Sentence, A Secret History | Electric Literature:

A great first sentence is very important. In a novel, it’s a “promise,” a “handshake,” an “embrace,” a “key.” Great first sentences are celebrated everywhere literature is cherished and mandated everywhere it’s taught. They’re a pleasure and a duty—the “most important sentence in a book,” everyone agrees. But they haven’t always been important. When Daniel Defoe wrote the first English novel, Robinson Crusoe, in 1719, first sentences weren’t important, and so he wrote, “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull.” When Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre in 1847, first sentences still weren’t important, and even so she wrote, “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”

Source: In Search of the Novel’s First Sentence: A Secret History | Electric Literature

Neural Algorithm, ‘Paint’ Photos, Van Gogh To Picasso, Bored Panda:

A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use by companies such as Google for image recognition and other applications. “The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality.” A photograph of apartments by a river in Tubingen, Germany was processed to be stylistically similar to various paintings, including J.M. Turner’s “The Wreck of a Transport Ship,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

Source: New Neural Algorithm Can ‘Paint’ Photos In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Picasso | Bored Panda

Paris, Bookstore Shakespeare &Co., VICE | United States:

George died in 2011 at the age of 98, by which point he had upgraded from a bed in the shop to a flat on the third floor in the same building. I’m living here now, in his former apartment, ostensibly to finish my second novel. But more practically and pressingly, I’m a “homeless wanderer.” People have been asking me how I got this position, whether it was hard to obtain. The short answer is no, and the long answer is yes: I parted ways with a partner I loved, leaving the home where we’d lived together, and lost a contract I was relying on, so I asked Sylvia if I could stay for a while. She said, without question or hesitation, that I could stay for as long as I needed. George called Shakespeare & Company a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore,” and I feel infinitely grateful to George and Sylvia for creating and maintaining a space that prioritizes community.

Source: What It’s Like to Live Inside the Legendary Paris Bookstore Shakespeare & Co. | VICE | United States

Shakespeare, religion, OUPblog: 

In this play, as in others, Shakespeare calls on the ambiguous associations of Catholic figures, images and ideas, as a means of engaging his audience with the problems he frames. He seems to revel in the pleasures of slippery meaning. By flirting with stereotypes and sectarian expectations he makes his audience think more deeply about the difficulties of the plays and their own culture. Whatever Shakespeare’s personal religion was, the religion he put on stage was both playful and probing.

Source: What was Shakespeare’s religion? | OUPblog

21
Oct
15

10.21.15 … And it was true, as I walked I felt the joy of the children …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, St.John’s Cathedral (Episcopal), Denver CO:
In search of a labyrinth …
I planned to  walk to it as it was  a little over a mile, but when I stepped out the door it was pouring. So I opted for Uber.
This was supposed to be an easy labyrinth to walk. It was in a park across the street from the Episcopal Cathedral and I assumed it would be a standard Chartres labyrinth.
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When I arrived it was still pouring. I walked over to the gate of Dominick Park, and it was padlocked. I walked all around to see if there was entrance that was open, but there was  none. I walked back across the street the Cathedral and there was a homeless man laying under the shallow entranceway.
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 I followed the signs around to the entrance to the offices of the Cathedral and entered and asked if it was possible that a custodian open the gates to the park. The receptionist  responded that the park was only open on Sundays because they had a problem with vandals using the park for the wrong purposes. (I immediately thought of the homeless man on their front door step and of the Homeless Jesus sculpture at St. Alban’s in Davidson.) The receptionist after talking with me for a minute said she would go and find the sexton. I was following her when she turned and said, “But you know we have another labyrinth.”
She got very excited. This labyrinth with built several summers ago with pavers made by children in their summer program, half came from the parish and half came on scholarship from the inner city.
I immediately responded that I would walk that labyrinth because I knew the other one and had walked several just like it in the past week.
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As we walked, for some reason I mentioned that I was from NC and had gone to Davidson. She responded that they had a priest who had gone to Davidson.  I gave her my card to give to the Davidson grad.
So we walk out to the side lawn and there buried in the grass are the pavers which form the boundaries of the labyrinth. The pavers have stones and handprints and other things that each child imbedded in their special paver.  (Erika Funk and Katherine Kerr another idea for the lawn at FPC.)
I told the receptionist that this was a much better labyrinth for my purposes. You feel the love of the community when you walk such a labyrinth.
And it was true, as I walked I felt the joy of the children.
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And this experience reminded me of a recent quote I read:

“‘When Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven belonged to the children, he was referring to agape in the form of enthusiasm. Children were attracted to him, not because they understood his miracles, his wisdom, or his Pharisees and apostles. They went to him in joy, moved by enthusiasm…

Source: The Pilgrimage (1987) by Paulo Coelho & the Invisible World | CG FEWSTON

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And afterwards I got to have a lovely New Orleans style brunch at Lucille’s  on a Wednesday late morning with Jack and his good  college friend Jessie.
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All in all I delightful morning in Denver. I’m not gonna let a little rain get me down.
And after I returned I had a nice note from the fellow Davidsonian. It’s a small world.
October 21, 2015
06
Oct
15

10.6.15 … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist – Charlotte NC, We Walk Together Charlotte:

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I love it when my worlds collide. Today on the 18th We Walk Together Charlotte, I introduced some new friends to labyrinths.

But first we had another wonderful inspirational reading from Gail:

 “As we stand here in the parking lot of a Baptist church, let’s think for a moment about one of the things that baptist churches consider very important: baptism, specifically in many cases, baptism by immersion – which means your whole body goes under the water. As we walk together this morning, let’s talk about things we often need to do or learn by immersion. The first example that comes to mind for me is language learning. You have to put yourself in a place and situation where the only language you can use is the target language, the one you are trying to learn. Are there situations in our lives that force us to learn by immersion? For example, intimate relationships or parenting. Perhaps certain jobs. Perhaps an unwanted diagnosis or a natural disaster or some other challenging circumstance. There’s no escape – you just have to jump in and deal with it, as hard as it may be. What are some of the good and not-so-good life lessons you have learned through baptism by immersion?”   

Our walk started/ended at Providence Baptist Church and we walked to Sardis Baptist Church and back (3 miles roundtrip).

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A great walk with great people on a beautiful day!!

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And I learned something new … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name. And I thought it sounded snobby!! (I have a cat named Fitzwilliam Darcy; he came from the animal shelter.)

10.6.15

14
Sep
15

Body of U.S. Tourist in Spain Is Found, and Arrest Is Made – The New York Times

In 1984, just 423 pilgrims were certified as having completed the Camino to the cathedral of Santiago, which is worshiped as the final resting place of St. James. Last year, a record 237,810 pilgrims were certified.

Source: Body of U.S. Tourist in Spain Is Found, and Arrest Is Made – The New York Times




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