Archive for July, 2018



07
Jul
18

7.7.18 … “Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.” ― Meister Eckhart<

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden @ Hobart Park – Davidson NC:

Storms are a comin’: Dark clouds, heavy winds … and it’s much cooler!

There is debris on the labyrinth, remnants from last night’s storms.

I have grown to to love the water feature, and I’ll admit that at first I did not particularly like it. I guess I’m not by nature a zen person.

Moss seems to be having a good year.

Quote, Meister Eckhart: And I love this quote:

“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.” ― Meister Eckhart

Dog Days of Summer,FYI:

These hot days were considered among the worst in Western antiquity, a time when, according to folklore scholar Eleanor R. Long, “all liquids are poisonous, when bathing, swimming, or even drinking water can be dangerous, and a time when no sore or wound will heal properly. It is also a time when we are likely to be ‘dog-tired,’ if not ‘sick as a dog,’ to ‘dog it’ at work and ‘go to the dogs’ in our leisure hours-in short, to lead a ‘dog’s life’ until the miserable period is over.”

Both the ancient Greeks and Romans noticed that the star Sirius — the dog star, Canis major in the Orion constellation — began to rise with the sun not long after the summer solstice. While this is often the hottest time of the summer, and publications like the Farmer’s Almanac placed the dog days as occurring between July 3 and Aug. 11 each year, Long points out that Sirius doesn’t rise and set with the sun until mid-August now.

Source: The real meaning of the ‘dog days of summer’ | MNN – Mother Nature Network, https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/real-meaning-dog-days-summer

Amelie’s, Salted Caramel Brownie Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich:

I went for the Salted Caramel Brownie Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich … this really exists, really.

The new Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches, offered in either Lavender Lemon or Salted Caramel Brownie flavors, will provide “folks a way to beat the summer heat with a French twist on a classic treat,” said Mary Jayne Wilson, Amélie’s Executive Chef. Wilson has dedicated years of hard work to perfecting the recipe and finding the key to constructing these sweet treats.

https://www.wccbcharlotte.com/2018/05/31/amelies-launches-new-summer-menu-items-to-help-you-beat-the-heat/

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06
Jul
18

7.6.18 … Driving Mama Lindsey … now, how do you know your way around Atlanta without getting lost …

Driving Mama Lindsey …

Today my daughter Molly and I took Mama Lindsey on a two hour car ride. We started out at Lenbrook and headed south. First, we went down Lenox to I-85 and got off at Peachtree Road and into Ansley Park . We drove down The Prado and talked about how I never understood why this street was named “The Prado” and then down Maddox Lane by the first house that my father remembers. We then talked about several houses of beloved grandmothers of friends and how they have survived and maintained their raison d’etre to this day, despite the massive teardown movement that began in the late 1980s.

After leaving Ansley Park, we made a pass through the drive-thru at the Chick-fil-A and enjoyed a peach milkshake.

And then we drove through Brookwood Hills: 139 Brighton, the Rays, the Pentecosts, the Winbornes, the Wards, the Goulds, the Stricklands … and the Pool were all discussed.

Then back out on Peachtree north to the Duck Pond and then down Andrews … what are they doing to the Mauldins’ old house?

And then slowly back via Habersham to Old Ivey ….

And a little aside: my mom asked me at some Point how I still knew my way around Atlanta since nothing was the same. I told her I still remembered, but when I forget, I use the GPS on my phone. She then asked how does that work…I tried to explain, but finally I said my phone sent a signal up to the satellite and then it can track me and tell me where to go …

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05
Jul
18

7.5.18 … always go to the funeral …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Second Presbyterian Church – Nashville TN, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church Nashville TN, NPR’s – “Always Go to the Funeral”:

Always go to the funeral…

And that is what I did today. I went and I loved my friend, her husband and her sons. And I grieved for them and with them.

But before I went I found two labyrinths in Nashville where I walked and prayed and shared space with another friend.

I’m blessed to have visited with some friends who I just reconnected with last weekend and when they found I needed a place to stay last night, they opened their home. Through my usual conversation and social media, they knew that I love labyrinths, and they noted that their church here in Nashville has a labyrinth. I searched and it is not referenced on the locator services that I have.

So I headed out this morning and found the labyrinth at Second Presbyterian in a very private yard next to the church. It was in what they call a reflection garden and the sign has the following quote: “Jesus said remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 There is no reference to the labyrinth on the sign. There is also a sign listing those who have been interred at this garden. this labyrinth is a small three circuit Cretan labyrinth which is in the shape of the brain.

I heard birds twittering and I saw their shadows on the one wall of the garden that was bathed in sunlight. I looked up I saw two redbirds and a plane flying overhead.

There were some very tired hydrangeas still dripping from the rain last night, but not yet recovered from yesterday‘s heat.

My second walk was at St. Ann’s. And I walked it with my dear friend Ann. I shared my love of all things labyrinth and I do believe she was intrigued.

And then i went to the funeral with Ann and her husband. At St. George’s Episcopal Church. And who is St. George?

I love my friend Elizabeth and her family. Today I experienced love in its rawest form. And dear sweet, kind, passionate James is now free …

I am blessed.

And when I remind myself to go to the funeral, I pull up this 2005 NPR segment:

“I believe in always going to the funeral. My father taught me that.
The first time he said it directly to me, I was 16 and trying to get out of going to calling hours for Miss Emerson, my old fifth grade math teacher. I did not want to go. My father was unequivocal. “Dee,” he said, “you’re going. Always go to the funeral. Do it for the family.”  https://www.npr.org/2005/08/08/4785079/always-go-to-the-funeral

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04
Jul
18

7.4.18 … “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Cathedral of St. Philip – Atlanta GA, 4th of July, Father John O’Donahue (For a Parent on the Death of a Child, To Come Home to Yourself), John Meacham – The Soul of America

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Cathedral of St. Philip – Atlanta GA, 4th of July, Father John O’Donahue:

And so, I’m thinking what a nice way to begin my Fourth of July: I’ll get a wonderful overpriced skinny cinnamon dolce latte from Starbucks with their delicious sous vide egg bites and head to Saint Phillip’s Cathedral and walk the labyrinth. Originally I was going to do the Mercer University labyrinth, but then, for very personal reasons, I decided that today would be a good day to walk a labyrinth at an Episcopal church. However, I failed to calculate in the traffic nightmare caused by Atlanta’s Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race.…

I process things by talking to people with whom I feel are safe to talk. Last Friday at my red boot meeting, I shared that I was struggling with how to support a friend who had lost a child. One friend referred me to John O’ Donahue’s “To Bless the Space Between Us.”

For a Parent on the Death of a Child

No one knows the wonder

Your child awoke in you,

Your heart a perfect cradle

To hold its presence.

Inside and outside became one

As new waves of love

Kept surprising your soul.

Now you sit bereft

Inside a nightmare,

Your eyes numbed

By the sight of a grave

No parent should ever see.

You will wear this absence

Like a secret locket,

Always wondering why

Such a new soul

Was taken home so soon.

Let the silent tears flow

And when your eyes clear

Perhaps you will glimpse

How your eternal child

Has become the unseen angel

Who parents your heart

And persuades the moon

To send new gifts ashore.

~ John O’Donohue ~

(To Bless the Space Between Us)

And an odd coincidence, another friend who regularly attends that same meeting but was away posted another poem by Father O’Donahue in connection with the spreading of the ashes of her beloved husband.

To Come Home to Yourself—a blessing by John O’Donohue

May all that is unforgiven in you

Be released.

May your fears yield

Their deepest tranquilities.

May all that is unloved in you

Blossom into a future

Graced with love.

It was a noisy walk today because the Peachtree Road race was right nearby, and there were helicopters flying above, and as I mentioned in my intro lots of traffic just getting here.

As I walked, I noticed several seed pods from the nearby magnolia trees. Almost all the blooms on the trees are now gone so I wonder if the squirrels brought them down to the Labyrinth. I found this interesting article on magnolia seed pods…https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/propagating-magnolia-seeds.htm

Because it’s the Fourth of July, I have several interesting musings which I will just collect here from social media posts:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I had already downloaded Meacham’s most recent book The Soul of America, but had it on hold til a later date. James’ Prayer convinced me that now, as I drove around the South for the 4th of July, was the time to listen. Serious stuff for serious times.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Prayer–Better-Angels.html?soid=1104220709083&aid=GuHSW5wJduc

And I enjoy this every year: https://www.npr.org/2018/07/04/623836154/a-july-4-tradition-npr-reads-the-declaration-of-independence I suggest listening and reading along to get the full import: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

And this sober reminder from a favorite TV show in 2010: https://youtu.be/ZPHSXUS0_1c

As I was leaving the labyrinth, I noticed a cardinal. I know that they are significant to several of you. We had a little chat before he flew away.

Blessings and Happy Fourth of July 2018!

01
Jul
18

7.1.18 … Be still … “The 46th word from the beginning of Psalm 46 is “shake” and the 46th word from the end (omitting the liturgical mark “Selah”) is “spear” (“speare” in the original spelling). Shakespeare was in King James’ service during the preparation of the King James Bible, and was generally considered to be 46 years old in 1611 when the translation was completed.”

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

I have lots of thoughts circulating in my head today. Some are happy, such as today is the birthday of my youngest child, my daughter. But others a little more unsettled.

A friend posted about Psslm 46 today:

“Psalm 46…35 years ago, I wrote a song about that and even a dance that went along with it. I had totally forgotten about that until I heard that scripture read today. Tears remembering how embarrassed I was when I messed up the words, and hence the steps. But today, it was ok.”

That said, I focused on Psalm 46, and as I walked in, I read the psalm and thought of my friend dancing.

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

1

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8

Come and see what the Lord has done,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9

He makes wars cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the shields[d] with fire.

10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I have several friends who frequently post their favorite songs or a song that is just right for today. One friend posted Linda Ronstadt‘s “Heatwave.”

Did I mention it’s already hot and sunny and the air is still this morning?

And after my walk, I did a little research, and you never know what you’ll find. I found this one fascinating:

Shakespeare’s alleged involvement-

For several decades, some theorists have suggested William Shakespeare placed his mark on the translated text of Psalm 46 that appears in the King James Bible, although many scholars view this as unlikely, stating that the translations were probably agreed upon by a committee of scholars.[18] The 46th word from the beginning of Psalm 46 is “shake” and the 46th word from the end (omitting the liturgical mark “Selah”) is “spear” (“speare” in the original spelling). Shakespeare was in King James’ service during the preparation of the King James Bible, and was generally considered to be 46 years old in 1611 when the translation was completed.”

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