2.25.15 … “Spiritual life at its best is reality based.” – Krista Tippett … MERGE NICELY PLEASE …

IMG_2278 “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 7/40, Christ Church Episcopal/School Lower School Greenville SC, another #snOMG, brine trucks on the interstates, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons,  Lucas Johnson, The Movement Remembered Forward, On Being, Krista Tippett, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Thompson’s Boots and Shoes, serendipity, these boots are made for walking …, John 3:16 CLEARANCE SALE,  SketchGuru:

As a make my way north from Atlanta with a winter storm warning in effect, I must tell you of a few things that I observed.

First is the brine trucks.  This is the second time in two weeks that I have seen them.  Both times on I-85, both times blocking both lanes of traffic with a police or DOT escort.


And because I was sleepy, I decided I would stream a Krista Tippett’s most recent On Being broadcast. Good decision …


The Movement, Remembered Forward

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a grassroots leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer.

via Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

The interview is worth your time. Krista Tippett closed with this statement:

MS. TIPPETT: You know, I wish we had hours and I have pages of questions we haven’t gotten to but where we have gone is so rich. And mostly it leaves wonderful questions in the room for us to hold and live with and reflections and nuance, that’s new. I think in my work it’s become more and more important to me that spiritual life at its best is reality-based and the two of you embody it. So I want to thank you so much for being with us tonight and sharing…

via Transcript: Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

Several times in the interview, Ms.  Tippett referenced  the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.  I had never heard of it, so of course I did some digging …

Rev. Lucas Johnson was born into an army family in Germany, and grew up in coastal Georgia. He is a leader of the century-old International Fellowship of Reconciliation. Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons became a leader, while still in her teens, of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Today, she’s a professor of religious studies at Florida State University, and a student of Sufism. She was raised by her grandmother, who’d been a sharecropper and whose own mother had been a slave. I spoke with Lucas and Zoharah at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. before events in Ferguson and beyond reignited racial anguish. But the perspective they offered that night has become, if anything, more necessary.

via Transcript: Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

Founded in 1914, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation is an international, spiritually-based movement of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth to create justice and restore community, commit themselves to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of transformation–personal, social, economic and political.

We are people from many faith traditions and many who don’t subscribe to any particular religious background or community. IFOR has members working in 40 different countries, speaking a variety of different native languages, and expressing a wide away of cultures. What unites us is our commitment to a world free of war and structural violence.

via index.

So as I continued my drive, my thoughts were focused on the interview.  And of course I got a good chuckle at the carpool line sign …



I must admit, I have begun to focus on dedications …


And now to my walk …




Messy, Cold, Damp …

Clover … I see clumps of clover and then I realize that the center rosette on this labyrinth looks like a “6”  leaf clover.


Grass has grown into the path and I find myself “straddling the path” because it is almost too narrow. So my feet are in the boundaries … I am walking on the edge.  I do this to say stay stable/balanced.


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And the center or rosette today …

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My timing is awkward because it is time for the carpool line to begin. So I have to hurry so that I do not get blocked in by the elementary school carpool moms.

The workers nearby are working very hard on what is going to be a beautiful project.

IMG_2295There is a MAJOR building project going on near the labyrinth. I wonder if the workers wonder what I am doing. I also wonder if the workers who do the work will they ever appreciate their work or get to enjoy it with their families.




And then as I continue my drive … I’m clearly taking the slow route home, which I never do. And I stopped at a discount shoe and boot store in South Carolina. And of course I yielded and bought a pair of Clark’s black dress boots that are treated with Gore-Tex. how could I pass up the “John 3:16 CLEARANCE SALE.”


You can thank me now. The Southeast will probably never have another snow or wintry mix after today. However since the storm was already on its way, I think I will get at least one wearing of my new boots.

And I must note this wonderfully wee bit of tackiness next does … nothing like a GA Tech fan who also likes plastic yard deer.  🙂


QT, Tervis Tumblers, Folds of Honor:  I am a sucker for Tervis Tumblers and I saw at one of my 3 QT stops for Diet Dr. Pepper from the fountain (79 cents), I knew I wanted one.  And when I found out they were only $9.99 supported Folds of Fields and come with $10+ in coupons … I knew I was buying one …






Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships, including over 2,000 in 2014 alone.

via Mission | Folds of Honor.

And I have a new favorite app!! SketchGuru



And dare I mention Gaffney’s iconic Peach … She’s not faring so well in her cap … IMG_2308

Davidson College Mens Basketball, A10 Conference: And a nice ending to my day: Davidson wins!! Davidson 60 – Rhode Island 59


Heavy snow began falling across the Charlotte region Wednesday evening, causing slick roads and forcing most area schools to close Thursday.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Charlotte area, and 8 to 10 inches east of Union County, before the system moves out Thursday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was among the districts to announce that classes are canceled Thursday. No makeup day will be needed for CMS students.

At 10 p.m., snow was falling heavily across the region, creating visibility problems for some drivers.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed

Doug Outlaw, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures hovered at or above freezing for longer than anticipated Wednesday night, which meant less snow stuck to roads.

via 6-8 inches of snow forecast for Charlotte | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer.





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