Archive for October 27th, 2013


10.27.13 … “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” …

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Crossnore School Labyrinth, Crossnore NC, 2013 Labyrinth Walks:

Wow this is the quirkiest labyrinth ever!  But I loved it …

After entering the garden I noticed the butterfly bench and the rabbit pointing the way.

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And on the dedication marker, a great quote …

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

― John Muir

It has what looks like church windows setup at one side.  They are made of wrought iron.

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Through the “window” view reveals a fun sculpture of children and a dog walking across a large log.

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There are multiple water features around the labyrinth and one in the center, in addition to the small stream that goes under the log sculpture and feeds under the labyrinth and which you can hear while walking the labyrinth.

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The barriers of each quadrant are actually large planters.  I have never seen this done before and I really like it.

Because it is fall, the labyrinth is covered with leaves, and as I walk, I hear the rustling of the leaves.

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There are 4 benches, one on the perimeter of each quadrant. The bench closest to the entrance has my favorite quote: “Be still and know that I am God.“ Psalm 46:10

I notice that on the bench on the opposite side there is another quote that is often found at labyrinths: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

I look around for the 3rd bench.  It has the quote: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

And on the fourth bench … Deuteronomy 30:16: “Love the Lord your God. Walk in his ways. And keep his commandments.”

When the labyrinth path takes you between the barrier planters, it feels playful …

On the periphery is also a small outdoor fireplace.  It would be great fun to walk on a cool evening with a fire burning.

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I would love to see this labyrinth when the garden is in full glory but it is still a wonderful experience in the fall.

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And this is a great post about the Crossnore labyrinth and walking labyrinths in general.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

via Life in the Carolina Mountains: Crossnore Labyrinth.


10.25.13 – 10.27.13 … According to Greek and Roman legend, amethysts protected their owners from drunkenness. So what do we do ? How do we protect our young adults from the consequences of alcohol? …

Amethyst Initiative,  U.S. college presidents, The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984,  U.S. legal drinking age:  i get together annually with an eclectic group of bright dynamic women.  We met as college students and the legal drinking age in the state of our college was 18 for beer and wine and 21 for everything else.  There were a few bad instances, but generally once the mistakes were made that was the end of it.  Rarely were there legal or financial, much less medical, including psychiatric consequences to “learning to drink” in a close-knit community.  Many of us have college age children now.  Obviously the situation is very different now.  Each of us has had a student or knows closely a student who has had to deal with the consequences of underage drinking.  So what do we do ?

The Amethyst Initiative is an organization made up of U.S. college presidents and chancellors that in July 2008 launched a movement calling for the reconsideration of U.S. legal drinking age, particularly the minimum age of 21. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 requires all US states to raise their minimum age for purchase and public possession of alcohol to 21 or face a reduction in highway funds under the Federal-Aid Highway Act. The Amethyst Initiative was initiated by John McCardell, founder of Choose Responsibility,[1] a former professor of history at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and current Vice-Chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South, and is currently supported by 135 college presidents who signed a statement proclaiming, “It’s time to rethink the drinking age”.[2][3]

According to Greek and Roman legend, amethysts protected their owners from drunkenness.

via Amethyst Initiative – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Launched in July 2008, the Amethyst Initiative is made up of chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States. These higher education leaders have signed their names to a public statement that the problem of irresponsible drinking by young people continues despite the minimum legal drinking age of 21, and there is a culture of dangerous binge drinking on many campuses.

The Amethyst Initiative supports informed and unimpeded debate on the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst Initiative presidents and chancellors call upon elected officials to weigh all the consequences of current alcohol policies and to invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use.

via Amethyst Initiative » Welcome to the Amethyst Initiative.



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