Archive for May, 2018

25
May
18

5.25.18 … some walks are a fail …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Riverwalk Arts District, Asheville NC:

Some walks are a fail.

After a late afternoon hike to the Frying Pan Fire Tower, my group of friends headed down to Asheville to eat at White Duck Taco, and they entertained me with a labyrinth walk after I told them that a labyrinth was a short walk away.

You could hardly see the labyrinth, and if the information board was not still there, I don’t think my friends would have believed me that it was there. It was totally overgrown. The only thing that was beautiful were the sweet pea flowers.

Other than that, it was weeds and chiggers …

5.25.18

25
May
18

5.25.15 … we also spotted 5 cairns …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, First Baptist Church of Asheville, Asheville NC:

Today I enjoyed a walk with Ruth Ann and she noticed the that each of the stone pavers had a different texture and varied color. So the theme of our walk was change.

We also spotted 5 cairns.

And the fountain was lovely.

5.25.18

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May
18

5.22.18 … “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well” – Julian of Norwich

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Cathedral of St. Philip – Atlanta GA, Starbucks Racial Bias Training, Driving Mama Lindsey, 2018 Election:

After a delightful evening and morning with my sister in Marrietta, I headed back to Atlanta for a visit with my mom. I decided a walk and Starbucks visit was in order. At the Buckhead Barnes & Noble Starbucks, I noticed that there was a sign in the window announcing its closure on May 29 for racial bias training. And then I attempted to use the restroom and there was a keypad lock on the door requiring that I ask for code from an associate, and there was no sign directing me to an easy or discreet solution. I would think this has to go. And as I left I realized that the only customer who is a person of color was sitting outside in a uniform with a suitcase …

As I proceed down Peachtree, I noticed the political signs on the lawn of the Cathedral. I realized today is the 2018 Georgia Primary. And the Cathedral is a polling precinct. The parking lot was relatively full. Were people voting? I’ve always thought it odd that churches serve as polls. Growing up in Brookwood Hills, my parents’ polling place and my first pollin site was a Jewish Community Center. I always felt like it was a forbidden thing. I thought I was not allowed in the Jewish community center, but on election day i was permitted in this sacred place. I wonder how many people feel that way about voting in a church or other religious center.

At the labyrinth, I felt a light rain, heard the birds, saw the magnolias in bloom and enjoyed the company of 4 dogs, one described by his owner as a recalcitrant pup. I noticed a group of senior men just hanging out… they reminded me of my grandfather’s hang out at the local filling station in Pineview. I think this group of Saint Philip’s men would not think too much of my thoughts…But I enjoyed the sounds of their banter and deep laughs.

As I walked the path, I was distracted and got off the path. At least I now can reenter successfully…

After my walk, I visited with my mom and took her for a ride. We visited the V for lunch and headed down Peachtree. Our only detour was through Brookwood Hills where my parents lived for 39 years.

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well” – Julian of Norwich

5.22.18

10
May
18

5.10.18 … I think … I care about … I enjoy … I do not care about … I am interested in … I love …

10 things about me and social media …

1. I think that social media is mundane generally, but I love it when it serves as a catalyst to encourage real connections.

2. I care about you, your significant others, your parents, your siblings, your children and, yes, your pets.

3. I care about your adventures and your passions and love experiencing them vicariously. So post away about your travels, your house, your gardens, your hobbies and your artistic endeavors. I even enjoy your unbelievable yoga positions.

4. I enjoy beautiful pictures of nature and old pictures of just about anything.

5. I do not care about your politics if you intend to force your political views on me. But I do enjoy understanding why you think or believe the way you do. And I will admit a few of you have changed my opinion.

6. I do not care about your religion or lack thereof if you intend to force it on me. But, as with politics, I do enjoy understanding why you think or believe the way you do. And I love it that you have introduced me to new ways of thinking about spiritual and religious matters.

7. I enjoy a good recipe or a picture of a well prepared and presented meal. I do not care what you are drinking or smoking unless it enhances the above meal.

8. I am interested in your opinion on books, movies and plays. I am gaining a greater appreciation of music, poetry and dance because of you.

9. I love political cartoons and a funny video or meme.

10. I enjoy a good quote, especially one that makes me dig deeper.

I was an early adopter of Facebook and have enjoyed reconnecting with you. I’m trying to figure out how to stay connected. I have started unfollowing some of you when I feel social media is harming my relationship with you.

Any suggestions? Other forms of social media that you like and why?

5.10.18

05
May
18

5.5.18 … walking as one at one …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, World Labyrinth Day 2018 – We Walk As One at One:

I entered the garden and heard the chimes and water.

As I walked up, there was one other person here, Hannah. Hannah is a member of this congregation and was on the planning committee that planned and oversaw the installation of this labyrinth. She had just completed her walk a few minutes before one. So I walked as one at one by myself.

It was cloudy with a slight breeze … I saw

leftover Easter decorations … I heard birds twittering

Since it is World Labyrinth Day, I was thinking about the people who were walking at one in each time zone before me, who are walking in the eastern time zone of the United States as I walk and who’ll walk for the next few hours at 1 PM. I was also thinking about my good friend Betsy who is dedicating her labyrinth today in Amherst, Virginia. I was supposed to be there to celebrate her labyrinth but unfortunately life got in the way. I hope she sends me pictures…

Blessings!

5.5.18

02
May
18

5.2.18 … dancing moons …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Grace Episcopal Church – Morganton NC, J Iverson Riddle Developmental Center – Morganton NC:

Today was a special treat for me. I spent six hours with my friend Toni and traveled to Morganton NC to meet with two women who were instrumental in creating labyrinths in their community, Kathy and Carol.

We met at Grace Episcopal Church and had a picnic. There, Kathy and Carol told us of the history of the Grace Episcopal Labyrinth. At that church, it started out as a Boy Scout Eagle project and morphed into a more substantial labyrinth and ministry. We talked about everything from the design and its orientation to its use both within the church community as well as the broader community.

Kathy read to us from Dancing Moons, a book of poems and meditations, following the Twelve Great Paths of the Moon, which reveal old, enduring truths that may help us on our journey.

The second labyrinth was located at the J Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, a state operated facility serving both the special needs community at the center as well as the broader community. It is a new Labyrinth, less than eight months old. Again we talked about it creation and orientation and its use. Carol the chaplain at the Center and the leader behind the labyrinth, provided much insight into its use within this community.

All in all a great day focused on labyrinths!

5.2.18




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