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15
Jun
19

6.15.19 … ashes to ashes, dust to dust …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Frederica Park – St. Simons Island GA:

I got up at the crack of dawn this morning and headed south to the Golden Isles of Georgia. I am here to attend a wedding, the wedding of the daughter of one of my PV clan, a third cousin‘s daughter.

Because it’s basically a one night trip, I decided to find a labyrinth. and there is one in a nice Glynn County park on the Island. So I headed straight there.

It is described as a “Contemporary Dual-path “reflection” labyrinth” on the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator. In reality it is a small single path maze (with one short distraction) that is raised and is essentially a climbing feature in the children’s playground, other climbing features include a fort and sailboats.

When I got out of my car, I quickly realized that I was at the Beach… The air smelled salty, and it felt humid and was definitely hot. And the birds were the birds of the beach. I was inundated with the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the Georgia Coast.

This labyrinth was a small labyrinth and only took about five minutes to walk, 5 minutes total to walk in and and to walk out. But it was worth the detour and the opportunity to get centered for my busy 24 hours on the island.

And my feet have now touched sand for the first time in quite a while. I am happy.

And then I take a little history tour … Driving Mama Lindsey … Mom’s actually not here, but she wishes she were. The Georgia coast is one of her favorite places in all the world. She spent every summer here as a child, and then as a parent, she brought us every year with our grandparents, her parents, to Jekyll Island. When we came to Jekyll, we always visited with our Brunswick GA cousins and traipsed up and down the Georgia coast visiting historical sites.

St. Simons Island was one of our favorite spots: Fort Frederica, Christ Church, the Lighthouse. And when we traveled with my mom and grandparents, we stopped and read every historical marker (and there were many in Glynn county, Historical Markers by County – GeorgiaInfo,

https://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/historical_markers/county/glynn)), visited every historical site and ate all the local summer favorites … shrimp, straight off the shrimp boats, tomatoes, okra, corn and watermelon.

And both my my grandmama, Matibel, and my mom loved to read history and historical novels. I vividly remember wandering through Christ Church on St. Simons Island and it’s graveyard. I remember looking for the grave stones of characters in the Eugenia Price’s St. Simons Island Trilogy, the first entitled “Lighthouse.” (And of course we also visited the lighthouse.) I also remember from my early elementary years loving biographies. I think living history by walking through historical sites and learning the stories by reading history and historical novels gave me a lifelong love of history.

Back to Eugenia Price… I looked her up and found her story quite interesting. The storyweaver: Eugenia Price & her lasting legacy – Golden Isles Magazine: Features,

https://www.goldenislesmagazine.com/features/the-storyweaver-eugenia-price-her-lasting-legacy/article_c4029986-c78c-11e6-a38a-370f4fd6ad8c.html

Eugenia Price is actually buried in the Christ Church graveyard on St. Simons Island. See https://youtu.be/jFX4BvKxgpA … Ashes to ashes, dust to dust …

After visiting the church and it’s graveyard, I walked across the street and had a very pleasant saunter through the live oaks to the Celtic cross commemorating the Wesley Brothers. I experienced a sensory inundation with Georgia history and Anglican church history…

6.15.19

12
Jun
19

6.12.19 … elevator talks and Gregorian chants …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park United Methodist Church – Charlotte NC:

I’ve mentioned this newly installed indoor labyrinth before. It is truly lovely and recreates a Chartres Cathedral feel in a wonderful chapel at MPUMC. The church plans to make it available to the public one week per month and to provide a labyrinth keeper to introduce new walkers and advise repeat walkers. I met my friend Toni who was the volunteer keeper from 6-8 pm.

While we were there, two men visited the labyrinth. The first stopped by on his way to an evening Bible Study on the Lord’s Prayer being held by James Howell, the senior pastor at MPUMC. He had not walked before and was interested, but didn’t have enough time. I think he will return. The second was a gentleman who is in charge of sound systems at the church, was instrumental in the installation of the labyrinth and has walked before. He came by to set up the music that another church member had requested. He had a nice CD recording of vocal, including Gregorian Chants, and other music appropriate for meditative labyrinth walks.

During this time, Toni and I walked. Oddly, the first thing I noticed was my noisy shoes. As soon as I got to an outer circuit, I removed my shoes and walked barefoot on the cool polished stone floor.

I noticed several things during this walk: the scored circle at center and the beautiful predominantly blue and yellow stained glass windows which reminded me of the lines typical in Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

As I reached the center, I realized that there are some instructions on how to pray the center rosette petals of a Chartres Labyrinth and one is to break down the Lord’s Prayer into 6 sections. I wish I had remembered it while the first visitor was there. See: The lessons of The Lord’s Prayer expressed through sacred geometry,

https://lodeplus.com/the-lessons-of-the-lords-prayer-expressed-through-sacred-geometry/

Immediately before finishing my walk, I looked up and noticed the beautiful organ; the organ is the reason the floor was re-done in this chapel to accommodate the organ’s weight and thus the reason for the labyrinth installation.

Afterwards, I looked over the new information brochures and thought them all very well done. It reminded me that I need to create my own “elevator talk” to introduce friends and others to labyrinths. I think I have a tendency to go on for too long rather than just introducing it and letting a person experience it.

And then we left MPUMC and had a delightful small plate meal at Foxcroft Wine… I think I could make a monthly habit of this.

6.12.19

23
May
19

5.23.19 … “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA, kith/kin:

After a meeting at Lenbrook, my sister and I headed out for a walk. We enjoyed our time in the sun, despite the heat. The birds seemed to enjoy our presence. Magnolia leaves were strewn across the labyrinth. I always enjoy the sound of rustling magnolia leaves when I walk over them.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

5.23.19

15
May
19

5.15.19 … “Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, but it is also stranger than we can think.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church-Charlotte NC:

Sometimes I just need labyrinth time with a labyrinth friend. Thank you, Toni!

As we drove to and from MPBC, we talked about multiple intelligences, reading, Jonathan Haidt, technology overload, TMBS, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy, and of course labyrinths …

As we approached we noticed children on the labyrinth. One almost 4 year old was riding in circles on the labyrinth.

The day was glorious. The sky was blue with whispy clouds. The weather was cool and the bright green leaves provided almost complete shade to the labyrinth. The birds were chattering. And there was a large colony of tiny ants crawling out from the center Chartres stone.

My reverie was broken by the roar of the chainsaw in the distance.

My thoughts kept focusing on the tall oaks. I wondered how water can travel up from the roots to the trees’ top leaves.

I then I watched a very pregnant mom walk by with two little ones in her stroller, talking on her phone through ear buds. I wondered if she ever allowed herself quiet time.

I heard several planes overhead and noticed their tail in the sky.

And then both Toni and I noticed the honking birds flying above … there were 4 of them flying in what appeared to be synchronized routine … then they cawed, definitely crows.

And here is my quote for today …

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, but it is also stranger than we can think… What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning… The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

~Werner Heisenberg (father of the uncertainty principle & quantum mechanics)

5.15.19

04
May
19

5.4.19 … May the 4th be with you!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, World Labyrinth Day (We Walk As One At One), Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

I planned my day around my World Labyrinth Day Walk and the bottom fell out of the sky at exactly 1. So my sister and I tried to walk as one at one, but instead we frolicked in the rain at one. We laughed at ourselves at one.

So did you know that Saturday May 4, 2019, is also Derby Day, Naked Gardening Day and May the Fourth Be With You/Star Wars Day?

Ideas for celebrating … Combine them! Ride a horse naked on a labyrinth in a garden wielding a light saber. Or walk naked in a garden wielding a light saber in one hand and a mint julep in the other.

May the 4th be with you!

5.4.19

Just thought these interesting…

This is about a favorite dad … Cot Campbell:

In addition to all of that, he may very well have been the No. 1 fan of the Run for the Roses.

“There was really nothing quite like it for us in the enjoyment of life,” Campbell’s widow, Anne, said Friday in a phone call. “The Derby was the ultimate goal and joy – the uber experience. Cot just loved the backstretch in the mornings. He thought being back there was marvelous.”

This sentiment prevailed every year, not just when Dogwood Stable had a contender training for the big event. But when the Campbell-managed Dogwood had such a horse, things entered another sphere.

source: Cot Campbell had lifelong love affair with Kentucky Derby – Sports – The Augusta Chronicle – Augusta, GA, https://www.augustachronicle.com/sports/20190503/cot-campbell-had-lifelong-love-affair-with-kentucky-derby

And this

But perhaps the best in the biz, especially for the Derby, is Kentucky-based H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company. H.E. Sutton, otherwise known as “Tex Sutton”, specializes in horse transport like no other. This equine transport company founded in the 1950s moves horses around with a Boeing 727-200 flown by cargo airline Kalitta Air and configured specifically for horses. Not surprisingly, the plane’s flight logs often show it in Kentucky, one of the world’s horse centers.

(Photo courtesy H.E.

(Photo courtesy H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, LLC)

“Air Horse One”, as it’s nicknamed (it literally says “First class equine air travel” on the side of the plane), is outfitted with room for up to 21 horses, fitting two or three wide. Ticket prices vary but have been quoted in the several thousands of dollars per passenger. The animals are carefully loaded into the aircraft with inflight amenities like food (hay) and drinks (water — we didn’t ask about champagne) to ensure that they arrive healthy, well-rested and relaxed. So much, in fact, are they committed to the comfort of their well-hoofed passengers that the aircraft often climbs and descends slower, and even will detour hundreds of miles out of its way to keep the flight as smooth as possible. One rep had said that flight crews will even accept long delays for the same reason. Thankfully, most horses seem to be used to it (and presumably don’t mind waiting a little longer for a smooth flight).

Source: How Racehorses Fly To the Kentucky Derby, 
https://thepointsguy.com/news/how-racehorses-are-flying-to-the-kentucky-derby/

03
May
19

5.3.19 … preserve … #creativemorningsCLT

Another great monthly Creative Morning CLT event!

It was my 5th month attending an event. Check out your city … there are 200+ chapters. https://creativemornings.com/

There is a universal theme each month. This month it was “PRESERVE.” Charlotte had Jamie Decker speak. She was excellent. Jamie Decker | CreativeMornings/Charlotte,

https://creativemornings.com/talks/jamie-decker

5.3.19

28
Apr
19

4.28.19 … “How oft, in making music, we have found A new dimension in the world of sound As worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!”

Faith traditions, music and spirituality, Roswell Presbyterian Church:

I’m in Atlanta this weekend, and this morning I went with my sister and her husband to the 8:15 am service in the historic sanctuary at Roswell Presbyterian Church. The Senior Minister is Jeff Meyers. Jeff served in college and young adult ministry at my childhood church, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, for many years. I love old sanctuaies and this one was built in the 1840s. Reminding me of attending church at a small Methodist church with my grandmother, the people mingled and talked before the worship in this beautiful space.

Roswell Presbyterian Church was built similar in design to that of the New England meetinghouse. It was very much like the Midway Congregational Church on the Georgia coast, where many of the early Roswell families and their ancestors were members. Both churches had box pews, raised pulpits, and galleries for slave members.
Source: RPC History — Welcome to Roswell Presbyterian Church, https://www.roswellpres.org/rpc-history

In Charlotte I always attend church alone since I have no family members who attend, and it was nice to talk about faith issues on the way there, to share Sunday Worship and then to unwind afterwards and continue our conversation incorporating thoughts from the service over breakfast.

On the way there, we discussed how people who are musically inclined, whether they be singers or instrument players, have another “language” to which they experience spirituality.

During the service, we sang Hymn 641, When in Our Music God is Glorified …

When in our music God is glorified,

And adoration leaves no room for pride,

It is as though the whole creation cried:

Alleluia!

How oft, in making music, we have found

A new dimension in the world of sound

As worship moved us to a more profound

Alleluia!

So has the Church, in liturgy and song,

In faith and love, through centuries of wrong,

Borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue:

Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night

When utmost evil strove against the light?

Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight:

Alleluia!

Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise;

Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise,

And may God give us faith to sing always:

Alleluia!

Afterwards we drove around Roswell, and I saw Mimosa Hall, the family home of a childhood acquaintance (and the home to her family since the 1870s) who recently sold it to the City of Roswell. (Source: Sally Hansell grew up in Roswell’s Mimosa Hall | Archives | northfulton.com, https://www.northfulton.com/archives/sally-hansell-grew-up-in-roswell-s-mimosa-hall/article_a80b9e8a-8906-5493-9542-b01df467c94a.html). I actually visited Sally there with my friend Marty when we were in high school and Sally was in college. I remember the beautiful entrance drive. It is the same today. Her family is tied to the historic families of the church.

And then I just saw this …

and this …

“Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can’t. It’s a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does, and the evidence that musical training enhances things like working memory and language is very robust.”

-Catherine Loveday, University of Westminster

4.28.19




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