Author Archive for Dennard Teague


7.14.18 … “Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.” Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks, 

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

I needed to vent…so instead I walked.

RELEASE…Crows cawing, crunch, crunch, crunch… traffic

RECEIVE … more crows, add cicadas, more traffic

RETURN … and integrate … still agitated.

Well, I tried.

So here is my quote for today:

“Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.”

Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks,

Tony Snow, #itsagreatdaytobeawildcat: Tony Snow was a Davidson grad. At our 25th reunion in 2007, Tony spoke at the all alum event. He was able to come because he was on leave (and at this point, he thought he had beat the cancer and was returning to the White House shortly.) We stayed at the Guest House with our kids, and he did also. He was so engaging and seemed genuinely interested in every one he met.

Dana Perino posted this in connection with the 10th anniversary of Tony”s death. It’s worth your time. Source: Dana Perino: Ten years after Tony Snow died much too young, I remember the important things he taught me | Fox News,

And another book recommendation, but I am not sure who recommended it: Susan Rivers’ “The Second Mrs. Hockaday.”

And anyone seen a great movie? I’m still loving my MoviePass, but am wary of surge pricing. MoviePass isn’t paying more.



7.13.18 … “The turn of the tide of success” —Thomas Jefferson

Wild! OK, Just Hiking with Albert and John, Crowders Mountain NC:

After a nice steady walk up, we hit 300+ steps.

Before we reached the steps, we heard voices from up the cliff. And when we looked we saw several rock climbers. John noted that he hoped they had ropes. They did. Since I have a son who does this both professionally and recreationally, I always say a little prayer.

Once at the top, we had a very nice view and a sip of water for Albert and me. Albert enjoyed his drink.

We then ascended a little higher, to the real top where the communication towers are. The towers and building are surrounded by chain-link fences. Since I know of several engagement proposals that have taken place here, I smiled when I saw the fenced doorway with two padlocks randomly attached. I thought of the Paris bridge that until several years ago was covered in “love locks.“

We decided, ok, I requested, to hike down the longer route via the gravel access road. It was really strange at one point I looked up at a heavily wooded hill and could just envision a revolutionary war battle. I don’t think I’ve ever sensed history like that. There was a significant American Revolutionary War battle at Kings Mountain which is not 5 miles away. So it is possible that there were battles here.

“The turn of the tide of success—Thomas Jefferson called it ‘The turn of the tide of success.’ The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle. “

Source: Kings Mountain National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service),




7.7.18 “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden @ Hobart Park – Davidson NC, Quote, Meister Eckhart, Dog Days of Summer, FYI, Amelie’s, Salted Caramel Brownie Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich:

“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,

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.



7.5.18 “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…
“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.”

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.

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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…

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.–Better-Angels.html?soid=1104220709083&aid=GuHSW5wJduc

And I enjoy this every year: I suggest listening and reading along to get the full import:

And this sober reminder from a favorite TV show in 2010:

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!


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

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