Archive for August, 2016


8.30.16 … I’m off the path that I know …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of Saint Philip, Atlanta GA:

Chalk on the labyrinth … A multipurpose labyrinth 🙂

Magnolias still in bloom

Children at preschool

Cacaphony of cicadas

Young mothers in fashionable maxiskirts and miniskirts picking up their preschool daughters in perfect dresses and bows in their hair (where are the boys?) — diversity at the cathedral

I’m off the path that I know …



8.25.16 … “A thread of my cocoon must have snagged on the silence at its centre and begun, very gently, to unspool … “

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

8.25 was a two labyrinth day …

As I walk here, I notice that everything is beautifully landscaped because the landscape crew just left. Nothing is out of place.

I look at the orientation of the labyrinth and realize that I’m going to look at a overhead shot of Chartres to see if the center lines up as this one does. It strikes me as very curious. So something is out of place.

And then I found this in my email …

Walking Grace

That first day,

before I knew

its path would become

my way home,

some part of me

fell into the labyrinth.

A thread of my cocoon

must have snagged

on the silence at its centre

and begun, very gently,

to unspool.

Step by step,

with every labyrinth that I walked

it continued to unravel,

years of carefully spun layers,

leaving traces of presence in its wake.

Today, I felt the tug

of the final fibres being claimed,

my life now woven deep

into that meandering path.

A new story emerging from the old

with a shape and a voice

and wings.

by Emily Simpson



8.25.16 … “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

it is hot, hot, hot. The flowers and the grass are wilted today, and the weeds have taken over the labyrinth.

Before I walk, I noticed some smooth stones on the labyrinth. I know that my task at the center will be to build a cairn. I laugh when I get there because I cannot get one of the stones to stay. Six out of seven: I do not know what that means.

From the information sheet in the box, I like the final quote from Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”



7.8.16 Namaste

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” ― Pablo Picasso Even though it was more than a year ago when my wife and I visited Southeast Alaska, the journey has stayed with me, I find myself reflecting back on the memories frequently. I find experiences a better investment than things, more and more these days. If you’ve read my vow for this year, you know I am trying to “not purchase anything I don’t truly need” However, when I met a gifted painter with the rare talent for capturing an experience and bringing it to life, I began to think about one possession I might just want after all. Artist Dottie Leatherwood Dottie Leatherwood was working in her studio the day I visited Paul Hastings to talk about a story I wanted to write on The Dilworth Artisan Station. Dottie is a rising star in the art world and will have one of her works in the American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, so I was happy to meet her. As I looked around her studio, I was impressed with her work. It was like I could step into any one of her paintings and feel right at home. 

Source: Namasté In Alaska: the Painting | Choices Do Matter


8.6.16 … a nice August walk … “We have this possibility of doing a pilgrimage every single day” – Paulo Coelho …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 labyrinth walks, The Oratory – Rock Hill SC:

It’s 88° at 10:30 AM in the morning. It is muggy. 

As I walk into the garden, I realize that it is a very tired garden. I wonder who the tired person is that takes care of the garden. I pray for him or her. 

As I walk, I noticed the backside of Mary, figs on the fig tree, the white stones that make up the path, a large oak tree … I hear birds chirping, 11 AM bell and then cascading music; Is the music part of the bells? I do not know the answer. But it must be. I feel the sting of several mosquitoes. And then I hear the traffic. Recently I told someone who has a private labyrinth not to replace the mulch with small pebbles because of the noise they make. This one has really pretty white pebbles, large white pebbles, but again, the noise conflicts with the spiritual walk/meditation. I find myself walking on the boundaries for a reprieve from the noise. But when I walk on the boundaries, I realize that I can now hear the traffic. It’s a conflict.

A nice August walk …

and this from Krista Tippett and Paulo Cuelho:

onbeing“We have this possibility of doing a pilgrimage every single day. Because a pilgrimage implies in meeting different people, in talking to strangers, in paying attention to the omens, and basically being open to life. And, we leave our home to go to work, to go to school, and we have every single day this possibility, this chance of discovering something new. So, the pilgrimage is not for the privileged one who can go to Spain and to France, and walk this 500 miles, but to people who are open to life. A pilgrimage, at the end of the day, is basically get rid of things that you are using, and try something new.” — Paulo Coelho
In this week’s episode, Krista is in conversation with Brazilian lyricist @PauloCoelho. Listen at

#pilgrimage #openness #PauloCoelho


8.8.16 … lots of food for thought …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks, Thanksgiving Place/Stadium Place – Baltimore MD:

I drove to this labyrinth from Molly’s new home in the Canton neighborhood. I drove through some of the most blighted urban areas I have ever viewed and I arrived with a very heavy heart.

This labyrinth is situated on the location of the old Colts stadium. There is also a large YMCA and a retirement community.

As I approached the labyrinth, there was a man talking in a raised voice. The man appeared to be yelling. He was an attractive African-American man in workout clothes. From his conversation he appeared to be involved in ministry

“Fuck, church, bitch bastard, hymnals, shit, call the lawyer, attorney, good morning Frankie, shit, $43000, shady, sneaky, doing stupid shit.”

I thought to myself, if anybody saw me they would say you do not belong here, get out and get to a safe spot. I hated that I felt that way.

Open Spaces/Sacred Places is the organization that sponsored this labyrinth park. It is involved in the installation of parks in the mid Atlantic region.

The labyrinth is part of “Thanksgiving Place.”

Lots of food for thought.


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