Archive for March, 2014


3.31.14 … I’m wearing my yellow plastic shoes today and they match the dandelion flowers on the labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, South Tryon Community Church-Charlotte (23/40):

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 I’m wearing my yellow plastic shoes today and they match the dandelion flowers on the labyrinth.  I feel connected!
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There is heavy and noisy traffic on S. Tryon Blvd. In addition, I am noisy; with each step I hear a crunch of my foot stepping on the  pebbles and leaves.  I also hear a baby bird squealing and the sound of a saw from one of the nearby businesses.
I notice a board over door of a home at the backside of the church’s property … outside the fence.
I really am wandering aimlessly because the path is in disarray in a few places. I’m just going take that as a sign that that is what I’m supposed to do today.
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When I was at the center, a woman walked past,  she paused and then she walked toward me. We talked for about 15 minutes and she updated me on Rabbit, the caretaker, and that he is the one that oversees the nightly mission for the homeless within this church and that is why I do not see him during the day currently. Pastor Tiffany is the new pastor and she struggles some, especially with the homeless.  Maggie used to walk the labyrinth but it is too hard to walk now with the weeds, etc. I enjoyed my chat with Maggie.

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3.30.14 … i ponder one of my favorites …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC (22/40):


It’s cool and you can actually hear the wind rushing through the buildings … whistling through the buildings.  I also hear the bell ringing 3 o’clock at Queens University, honking horns, and a few birds singing in the distance.


Although this sky is mostly blue, there is no sunshine on the labyrinth.  It is all in the shade.  I look up and there is still no budding of the tall trees, oaks, etc. It seems late this year.  There are sticks on the labyrinth.So now I will walk … I am wearing my plastic shoes 🙂
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i ponder one of my favorites … Be still, know that I am God.

But to what end are we to “be still,” “let go,” “surrender,” and even to “die to ourselves”? In Hebrew grammar, the emphasis of coordinate imperatives (“be still!” and “know!”) is on the second imperative. In other words, we surrender in order to know that God is in control as Ribbono Shel Olam – the Master of the Universe. We “let go” in order to objectively know the saving power of God in our lives. We give up trusting in ourselves and our own designs in order to experience the glory of God’s all-sufficiency (Ex 14:14).




3.29.14 … I think I need to have my eyes checked!! …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte (21/40):


I am playing catch-up. I am two behind this week. I can always catch up one tomorrow, Sunday, but it means I need to double up at least one other day. I walked Davidson College’s labyrinth this morning, and now I have returned to my favorite labyrinth retreat in Charlotte, Avondale.

At Avondale, it was damp, but not raining.

I hear the chimes and the water in the columbarium fountain running and see that this morning’s rain looks like a tear streak down the magnificent oak tree.


There are several birds chirping loudly and they are of various species. In the distance I spy a man in very baggy pants walking the circular path with the Presbyterian cross at the top. After he walked the grassy knoll, he approached the labyrinth. I now realize he is a she, a woman in a baggy skirt. I think I need to have my eyes checked!!


My favorite observation from the path was that when I least expected it, one of the noisy robins swooped down across the labyrinth path.


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image-1As I walked out, I noticed that the cross which is on the wooden structure across the back of the labyrinth, just hangs there, ie it is not attached. I thought it would be very easy to steal this cross. And then I chuckled: stealing the cross to take on the cross.


Almost caught up … Blessings!

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3.29.14 … I wished I had on rain boots …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden/Hobart Park (20/40):



I’m halfway there! Today’s walk was 20/40.

Rarely do I appreciate an abbreviated Chartres style labyrinth. But today I appreciated it. Why? Because it is raining … Rain, rain, rain … The labyrinth was covered in rain, in some places small pools of water. I wished I had on rain boots. 🙂


As I walked, I searched. I searched for the moss cross that a friend pointed out one time when we were walking together. I would have never noticed it. At first I could not find it. and I never found that moss cross. It has either grown into another configuration or someone has dug it up.


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As I walked out, I found another moss cross in the lunations.



Before I left, I took in this little park.  camellias, chair poised for relaxation, the bench, the orb, the gong …



GONG … Blessings!



3.26.14 … loving the extraordinary! …

 2014-2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Davidson NC natives: Congratulations to two Davidson natives, neighbors and friends and fellow Watson winners, one from Williams and the other from Wellesley. How extraordinary is that?


The winners of the 2014-2015 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships were announced on March 15 and two young ladies who grew up in Davidson were among the recipients. Congratulations to Eloise Andry, daughter of M.C. and Allain Andry and to Beatrice Denham, daughter of Cathy and Scott Denham. To make this award even more meaningful, the Denhams and Andrys are next door neighbors in Davidson and the girls have known each other since birth.

For Eloise, it’s Volcanoes

Eloise Andry is a senior at Williams College and will use her year of study to explore how humans living nearby view and interact with volcanoes. Her winning proposal is entitled Solid as a Rock? Life on a Volcano and will take Eloise to a number of countries including Iceland, Chile, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Indonesia. A member of Phi Beta Kappa at Williams, Eloise is majoring in Chinese and geosciences. Regarding this prestigious award, Eloise remarked, “I am thrilled to have received a Watson Fellowship, and very lucky to have this opportunity to study something I care so much about. As my friends know, I love rocks, but volcanoes are simply the best.”

via Fellowship winners, AGSF & Nifty Knitters |

Albert Einstein, humor, LOL, Special Theory of Relativity :



The contents of a recent email were too good not to share. It seems that last Thursday, March 20, was the date 98 years ago in 1916 that Albert Einstein published his Theory of General Relativity. He began working on this theory shortly after he published his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, which is centered on the famous equation E=mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared) and explains that both time and motion are relative to the observer. To further explain, Einstein humorously noted: “When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

via Fellowship winners, AGSF & Nifty Knitters |

photos, 2014 Winter: I loved this picture from a Facebook friend and her friend’s comment: “Exquisite example of determination and perseverance.” Sad or beautiful??

Athens GA music scene, history: Loved this … I was actually living in Athens in the early to mid 80s.

After a year of living off the land I finally got a job in town, and met the ‘bohemian underground of Athens’, partly fueled by the Art School at the University of Georgia. There was a strong fraternity and sorority element at the school but my new friends ran with the wild crowd! Together, we formed a creative group of people including art students, poets, writers, experimental musicians, storytellers and true eccentrics. We crashed parties for free beer, crashed the Circus, the only disco in town, and danced crazy. When UGA showed Fellini’s films, Jeremy Ayers hosted a Fellini party where blazing cocktails were served and Felliniesque costumes were required.

We had Parties where we would dance to ‘silent music’ at the secret garden on UGA campus – we’d dance in the cemetery and at John Taylor’s house. Once, out in the cow pasture by my house, we listened to an African tribal music tape on loan from the UGA music library. Ricky Wilson placed his boom box in the field where we drew a circle of cows around us who bobbed their heads to the music while we danced. Everything we did was for ‘art’ and for pure amusement, since we had to make our own fun. Everyone was interesting and we all in the ‘deadbeat club’ had time to listen and cherish the moment and each other. Anyone could join in, as long as they were open to all possibilities. The mantra was, ‘everyone is a genius’ ! Or, as Megan Timberlake famously said, ‘Together we’re a genius’ !

This scene was truly the beginning of many imaginative endeavors, including the birth of the B-52s. This creative atmosphere, born in part from the Art School, and UGA f

via Art Rocks Athens: How Art Made Music In Georgia From 1975-85 by Art Rocks Athens Foundation » A Personal Anecdote Of Athens By Kate Pierson Of The B-52’s — Kickstarter.

twitter favorites: It’s fun to see the “spikes” based on the news. the other day, everyone was looking up flotsam. Thanks, Peter Sokolowski, editor in chief of MW.

Peter Sokolowski @PeterSokolowski 17m

‘Flotsam’ spiking at


Girl Scout Cookie Sales, Record Broken,  Oklahoma Girl Scout, When I saw this on twitter, I immediately wondered if she was from Colorado. But no, she’s from Oklahoma.  🙂


An Oklahoma City girl, who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies, has broken the organization’s decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint.

Katie Francis of Oklahoma City sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The previous mark was set by Elizabeth Brinton, who sold approximately 18,000 one year in the 1980s.

The sixth-grade student told The Oklahoman newspaper last month that there were only three ingredients needed to rack up large sales: a lot of time, a lot of commitment and asking everyone she met to buy.

via Girl Scout Cookie Sales Record Broken by Oklahoma Girl Scout :

Russia, Ukraine, tit for tat:  Really?

Air France said Wednesday that a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia closed part of its airspace because of the launch of a Russian spacecraft to the International Space Station.

The company said flight AF111 was forced to land in Hamburg, Germany, early Wednesday to refuel because the plane had too little fuel to complete the flight following its unexpected detour.

Hamburg Airport confirmed that the Airbus A380 landed shortly after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) and was able to take off for Paris again after an hour and a half.

In a statement, Air France said the airspace closure was due to a military exercise. Later company spokeswoman Ulli Gendrot said the airspace closure was a result of the launch of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz booster rocket lifted off as scheduled at 3:17 a.m. local time Wednesday (2117 GMT Tuesday) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

via French Plane Diverted After Russia Closes Airspace – ABC News.


Just liked this, 50 people/50 balloons:



 2014 Wedding Music Trends and Song Lists, 25 Best Shag/Beach Music Songs for your Party: Enjoy!

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1. Carolina Girls – General Johnson

2. With this Ring – Platters

3. I Love Beach Music – Embers

4. My Girl – Temptations

5. Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward

6. Under the Boardwalk – Drifters

7. Miss Grace – Tymes

8. Summertime is Calling Me – Catalinas

9. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers

10. What You Do To Me – Embers

11. Shama Lama Ding Dong – Otis Day and the Knights

12. 39-21-46 – Showmen

13. Some Kind of Wonderful – The Band of Oz

14. Stay – Maurice Williams

15. Cool Me Out – LaMont Dozier

16. Lady Soul – Temptations

17. Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard – Alabama

18. Ocean Boulevard – Band of Oz

19. My Guy – Mary Wells

20. You’re More Than a Number in My Little Red Book – Drifters

21. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams

22. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima

23. She Used to be my Girl – O’Jays

24. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

25. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

via 2014 Wedding Music Trends and Song Lists: 25 Best Shag/Beach Music Songs for your Party.

Dr. Skoot Dimon, RIP, Atlanta, Brookwood Hills: Dr. Dimon was one of the characters in my wonderful childhood in Brookwood Hills. Condolences to his wonderful wife and great family. He made life better for those in his sphere and his healing gift as an orthopedic surgeon blessed many including blessing my father with years of horrible but pain-free golf.


“Skoot Dimon was a world-class orthopedic surgeon, and as fine and loving a person as I have ever known. Those of us fortunate enough to have lived close to him have seen man at his best.” (Mike Brumby, son-in-law)

via Joseph DIMON III Obituary: View Joseph DIMON’s Obituary by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

blind couple,   guide dogs:


Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, said it was their guide dogs who fell in love first.

Claire and Mark first met when they brought their dogs to a training class. Their two Labrador Retrievers, Venice and Rodd, got along famously. The trainers commented that the two dogs were besotted with one another. “The trainers said that they were the love and romance of the course, and they brought us together, said Mark.

Claire and Mark discovered they lived only a mile and a half from one another and after their course ended they arranged to meet for coffee. As their coffee dates grew longer and longer, the pair fell in love.

“Now we joke that with every guide dog you get a free wife. I love Claire’s personality and her laugh is infectious. We’ve never had an argument, we just seem to click.”

via Blind couple brought together by their smitten guide dogs get married » DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family « Keywords: wedding, guide dogs.

signature macaroni and cheese recipe:

Everyone should have a signature macaroni and cheese recipe in their arsenal. Find yours with these 11 melty, gooey recipes



Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint

via Paccheri and Cheese with Peas and Mint – Bon Appétit.


photos, childrens bedrooms: wonderful photos!  You will have to look.  I loved them!

Millions of people from around the world are currently experiencing very different childhoods. Some are living in abject poverty, lacking basic food and sanitation, while others are more fortunate by being born in a country where those things are guaranteed and usually taken for granted.

When photographer James Mollison was asked to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, he found himself thinking of his bedroom: how significant it was during his childhood, and how it reflected what he had and who he was.

And with that, he made it his mission to create Where Children Sleep – a collection of stories about children from around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms.

via These Are Photos Of Childrens Bedrooms. But They Represent Something Much, Much More.

selfies, LOL:  I feel dumb… I didn’t read the article … It’s a fake. But it is a very fun fake.  I think the Royals should counter with a real one.  🙂

GLAMOUR UK’s photo.


15 minutes ago

This is the Queen of all selfies, if you ask us:

viral,  TOO MANY ZOOZ, subway performers:

via ▶ TOO MANY ZOOZ rocks Union Square. – YouTube.

Too Many Zooz, an instrumental group known for playing in New York City’s Union Square subway station, has come out from underground to share their music with the rest of the world.

The above video of the subway performers, which was uploaded to YouTube in January, already has more than 630,000 hits.

via Subway Performers Emerge From The Underground To Become Viral Rockstars.



3.27.14 … Delightfully gorgeous day! After taking ET to the airport, I hijacked my mom for lunch at Serenbe. And, guess what … I can fit in my Lenten Labyrinth Walk. Life is good!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe GA (19/40): Delightfully gorgeous day! After taking ET to the airport, I hijacked my mom for lunch at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop at Serenbe. And, guess what … I fit in my Lenten Labyrinth Walk.

First, the spot by the road near the labyrinth where I park is blocked. That’s not very inviting.


So I parked down the way a bit and walked. I first tried to go around the pond to the quaint little bridge and then I discovered that the electric fence completely blocked my way.

image-8Because of my detour I did get to enjoy this little fella.  Quack!



So I walked back to where I usually park, and they’ve added another electric fence around the adjacent pine stand. After walking around this, I got entangled in a briar patch. Brer Rabbit is not my other name.

So it took me about 10 extra  minutes to arrive at the labyrinth. I must say that this was not a very peaceful way to start my walk. But I am persistent, if nothing else.

As I approach I notice again that the labyrinth has a very beautiful setting and especially today in the warm sunshine.


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Even from the distance, I notice that the labyrinth covered in dead leaves and weeds. But again, i am persistent, if nothing else.

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I have mentioned this before, but this labyrinth is HUGE. It almost causes a little bit of stress being so big. But it is a wonderful full Chartres labyrinth. So I will forgive them for the oversized scale of things.

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You realize that you are truly in the country when you listen to the sounds: dogs barking, geese honking, the sound of wind wrestling in the pines, or maybe it’s just the wind wrestling in this dead tree that the leaves have never dropped.

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So, on my way in, I realize that someone has moved the path or moved the boundaries rocks in multiple places. I wish I had time to figure it out and enough strength to move the big rocks back because because to have a path mislaid is very frustrating, and that is not the point of a labyrinth. As I leave, I realize that there is an extra circuit around the outside with an entrance to that circuit at each quadrant. Okay, that works if you know what you’re doing, but there still is a place where someone has moved a rock because I did not end up in the middle on my walk to the center.

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So my walk out of the labyrinth with just fine. However from the labyrinth to the road is a nightmare. It’s very clear that they do not want non-guest visitors to walk the labyrinth. That’s kind of sad because it is a beautiful setting for labyrinth. However, I did make find a better exit path. No briars; no electric fences.

There is a very nicely done information booth with two laminated sheets: one with a picture and one with a little information. I like their info sheet because it has very simple instructions to walk the labyrinth. I think I might type them up and have them to hand out to people. I know I overwhelmed the information seekers the other day, so a simple explanation would be helpful.

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Blessings!  Life is good!

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3.26.14 … Cool, but sunny … Children screaming … Birds chirping wildly .

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Phillips – Atlanta Georgia (18/40):


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March 2014