Archive for June, 2018

27
Jun
18

6.27.18 … “ One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn, but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, The Oratory – Rock Hill SC:

Stations of the Cross are a new addition to this labyrinth and sacred garden. This spiritual practice is not part of my faith tradition so I enjoyed just reading each one.

Sounds today included the noise of serious yard maintenance equipment and birds singing. The crepe myrtle were beautiful in bloom, but most every thing else in the garden was definitely feeling the heat.

I’ve always enjoyed the backside of this white statue. Is it Mary or a very effeminate Jesus?

My soul is troubled today. A friend has lost a loved one. I find comfort in this quote:

“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve— even in pain— the authentic relationship. Furthermore, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn, but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Crunch, crunch, crunch …

6.27.18

22
Jun
18

6.22.18 … R&J

The Ballad of R & J, Asheville NC, Malaprop’s:

While we were in malaprops bookstore yesterday, a group of the cast came in and performed in the store several numbers from this free musical. They were really good. If I am in Asheville again in the next few weeks I will go.

@The Ballad of R & J is a bluegrass-infused intervention of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The event itself is a busking corner turned block party with a theatrical event in the middle, all presented in the empty lot at 68 Haywood All shows are free to all and BYOS (bring your own seat) is encouraged”

https://www.americanmythcenter.org/projects/

6.22.18

18
Jun
18

6.19.18 … 7 books I love: no explanations, no reviews, just the covers …

Social Media Challenges:

I was nominated to post the covers of 7 books I love: no explanations, no reviews, just the covers. Each time I post a cover, I will invite a friend to take up the challenge as well.

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16
Jun
18

6.16.18 … “Beloved son, husband, father and grandfather, who lived in pilgrimage from the right – now to the wondrous not- yet.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ – Charlotte NC:

Several weeks ago, I ran across a reference to this labyrinth. It is not on the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator, nor is it mentioned on the Holy Covenant’s website. So I was not expecting much.

And as I approached with my friend RuthAnn, I was immediately excited when I saw at the entrance to the sacred garden a gate with some chimes hanging and singing. As I followed the path, I realized that there are 3 distinct areas: first was an area which is a memorial garden, second, off to the right from that garden area was a fire pit, and if you continued back into the woods, there was the labyrinth. Each of these areas was circular in nature and there were benches around the perimeter of each area. The benches are dedicated to the memory of people who had been members of the church. I must say that I was very impressed with some of the tributes.

“Their lives were filled with church, family, friends and country music.”

“A kind man known for his generosity. A man of simple faith who found God in the beauty of creation.”

“Beloved son, husband, father and grandfather, who lived in pilgrimage from the right – now to the wondrous not- yet.”

“Tern skim the morning sun. Bundled in a purple blanket, cradled by a bleached Adirondack chair, she sips coffee with a bit of cream, smiling in the risen sun.”

You can tell when they built this garden they saved every piece of wood or rock and re-purposed it to enhance the wonder of the area. And of course there are cairns and small temporary tributes. Oh, did I mention there was a old baptismal font to the side of the labyrinth. I wonder if they do baptisms out here.

It was a special place.

6.16.18

14
Jun
18

6.14.18 … “Where you have absolute solutions, you have no need of faith. Faith is what you have in the absence of knowledge.” -Flannery O’Connor

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Lucky me! One of my best friends and a roommate from college is in town. And she enjoys a good labyrinth walk.

We met at Avondale, and, when I arrived, she was reclining on a bench under the crepe myrtles enjoying the cool breeze. Since we had just seen each other a week ago, we didn’t have much catching up to do except that we can always talk and talk and talk.

Today she loaned me her ear and allowed me to talk about my mom and the death of her lifelong friend and my mom’s health in general. It is nice when you have someone that will just listen …

And I ran across this Flannery O’Connor quote from a past Facebook post:

Where you have absolute solutions, you have no need of faith. Faith is what you have in the absence of knowledge. The reason this clash doesn’t bother me any longer is because I have got, over the years, a sense of the immense sweep of creation, of the evolutionary process in everything, of how incomprehensible God must necessarily be to be the God of heaven and earth. You can’t fit the Almighty into your intellectual categories.

Source: The Habit of Being

6.14.18

13
Jun
18

6.13.18 … “I would expect to see naming in a species capable of conceiving of death, burial, and afterlife/religion.”

Driving Mama Lindsey ….

Yesterday, Mom and I took a 2 hour drive in the late afternoon. We started out at Lenbrook and headed toward Habersham Road where it ends at Roswell Rd., via Old Ivy.

We didn’t really talk about the people and places as we usually do along the first part of our drive (as we drove along Habersham to Peachtree Battle, i.e., from the north to the south), because I was telling her about the graveside service of her cousin and close friend Jane Lou that my brother, sister and I attended on Tuesday. She wanted to know everything: our drive down, what Pineview looked like, what the cemetery looked like, were her family members’ graves in good shape, what the weather was like, who was there, how her children Jane Lou and Fletcher were holding up, what people looked like, who talked, what was said, and even what scripture was quoted, etc.

I finally satisfied her that I had told her everything I could remember, and we bounced back to our usual drive time chatter. As we progressed south on Peachtree Street, she wondered aloud how the Marsdens were doing, noticed the massive construction at Piedmont Hospital and then asked about all of our family friends who had shared time and space with us in Brookwood Hills. We drove up and down almost every street … Montclair, Pallisades, Northwood, Huntington, circled around the pool on Wakefield, Parkdale, Palisades, Huntington and Wakefield again, then up Camden and finally back down Brighton to see our home of 39 years at 139.

We then began the trip back heading north on Peachtree, winding through Peachtree Hills, along Sharondale Road where the Perrys live (another Pineview cousin), back west on East Wesley, around the Duck Pond, back up to Peachtree, then onto Andrews Drive driving past where the Mauldins lived (Atlanta family) and final heading back to Lenbrook via Valley, Habersham and Old Ivy again.

As we ended our drive, she looked at me and asked me when did humans begin to name themselves. I honestly have never thought about that. This is what I found out…

We know that names are a form of complex symbolism, so a species capable of complex symbolism ought to also be at least capable of forming or applying naming conventions. H. sapiens and H. neadnerthalensis are known to have engaged in complex ritual burials, at least going back to around 130,000 years ago. I would expect to see naming in a species capable of conceiving of death, burial, and afterlife/religion.

Source: When did humans start naming themselves? What’s the history behind names? Do non-human species use names? – Quora, https://www.quora.com/When-did-humans-start-naming-themselves-Whats-the-history-behind-names-Do-non-human-species-use-names

In light of the beginning of our conversation, I found it fascinating that some associate “naming in a species” with its capability “of conceiving of death, burial, and afterlife/religion.”

Maybe I’ll discuss this with my cultural anthropologist son.

6.13.18

08
Jun
18

6.8.18 … “The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.” – – Anthony Bourdain

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Life sometimes takes strange turns. Today is one of them. So I walk in search of peace at Avondale.

Anthony Bourdain committed suicide this morning. I candidly admit he irritated me. But oddly I watched the whole episode that aired last week on CNN in Hong Kong. And I was very interested in the next Sunday’s episode about Berlin since some friends went there last year and I wanted to see if any of his spots were their favorites. And I like this quote of his:

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

– Anthony Bourdain

RIP, Tony.

6.8.18




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