Posts Tagged ‘2020 Labyrinth Walks


5.9.20 … one lonely Rhododendrum welcoming me …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

The birds! And full canopy… And it is unseasonably cool, 60°. There was even snow up in the North Carolina mountains last night. This is the latest snowfall in North Carolina on record.

Today, most of the Lenten Roses were gone, all of the daffodils were gone, and there was one lonely Rhododendrum welcoming me.

It was really unseasonably cold/cool today, and there was a slight breeze which made it seem even cooler.

One of the first things I noticed today was the broken stone bench. Just like in Avondale, these very heavy stone benches seem to have been waiting for some mischievous youth to knock one over. I can’t imagine that it fell over on its own.

So, yes, it seemed odd that such a massive stone structure could collapse. It took a lot effort to knock it over.

I was in full shade as I walked.

Everyone has been talking about the increase in animal activity in urban environments. Well, the birds were really having a party. And my husband saw what he thought was a fox in our yard early this morning. That’s amazing.



4.26.20 … “Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind…”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

I don’t have to walk because I made a commitment to walk; I don’t have to think about walking; so today is just a walk because I want to walk.

It’s a nice cool day, and I am welcomed by the purple flowers today. Is that an azalea? The bush next to it is about to erupt. What is it?

Well, both are rhododendrons, and that seems very interesting since one has not a single bloom, and the other is fully flowered. And they are located right next to each other in the same conditions. Weird.

I’m feeling better about some things today that have been worrying me for weeks, months, years. It’s nice to at least have a little lightening of the heart. So this is a celebratory walk.

it was an absolutely perfect day, maybe a little bit windy, but I loved being outside on this partly sunny day.

A lot has happened since my last walk on Easter Sunday. The coronavirus quarantine has continued, and may well continue for weeks or even months.

So here are a few things that have kept me entertained these last two weeks:

1. I acknowledge myself as a Janeite. I thought this adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel was a little strange. That said, I would love to see them continue the story. I did enjoy the characters and the setting. Source: Save ‘Sanditon!’ All The reasons We Need to Save This Charming Romance Now More Than Ever,

2. John and I are lucky to call Tom a friend. John and Tom were talking recently and Tom agreed to work with the college to produce this video. From the college alumni page … “Earlier today, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 led a discussion with students, faculty and staff regarding dealing with isolation based on his experience in space. He and some of his colleagues recorded their experiences and advice for the Davidson College community. We hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video and learn some tips that may help during this time. Thank you, Tom! #DavidsonTrue”. Astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 and Colleagues Message to the Davidson Community,

3. Current read … Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.

“Barbara Brown Taylor gave the church fresh language for faith alive in the world. Brené Brown gave us scholarship so that the world could hear the gospel truth of strength in vulnerability anew. And now, Kate Bowler models how to do it. It was the

book she never wanted to write. But thanks be to God for her whimsy, courage, wisdom and, most especially, love.”

And now a few quotes…

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

[Love and joy] are inseparable from your natural state of inner connectedness with Being. Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered “speechless,” sometimes triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is peace…

But they are not what I would call emotions. They lie beyond the emotions, on a much deeper level. So you need to become fully conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them before you can feel that which lies beyond them. Emotion literally means “disturbance.” The word comes from the Latin emovere, meaning “to disturb.”

Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind…

– Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now



4.17.20 … online virtual shared finger walk … art activist Barbie …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Labyrinth Walks, on line virtual labyrinth walk @ home-Charlotte NC: :

Virtual finger labyrinth walk with 200+ labyrinth enthusiasts and hosted by labyrinth guru Lauren Artress!

Art Activist Barbie:

She pops up in galleries, denouncing prestigious works of art as ‘pre-Raphaelite wet T-shirt competitions’. Now ArtActivistBarbie is taking her feminist message to social media

Source: ‘That’s not art it’s Victorian porn!’ – how one small Barbie doll took on the art world | Art and design | The Guardian



3.10.20 … movie or book? …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (15/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, Wayt Private Labyrinth-Cumming GA:

I was on my way to Atlanta and I thought, maybe, just maybe, Mrs. Wayt will be free. And I texted this amazing friend and she answered … yes.

I picked up two Panera salads and arrived brown bag in hand …

We walked together with Bella her grand dog … I told her I didn’t mind walking nd talking so we talked. This is what we talked about.

  1. Rohr’s Universal Christ and The Divine Dance.

  1. Enneagrams … I’ve done mine but she hasn’t but she’s very interested.

  1. Brueggerman’s Lenten Devotionals

  1. Movies (Do you go alone or always with someone? Little Women. Emma … she’s not a JA fan (I’ll forgive her), too many silly manners.)

    Barbara Brown Taylor
    Books for a book club

  1. Interview of Salley Vickers (author of The Cleaner of Chartres)
  2. Unique labyrinths and their stories. (The labyrinth at Rome GA that was a reuse of a 1930s WPA project amphitheater and the gardens at the Water Tower. The labyrinth at Morning Star built installed as a memorial but layed by the man who adopted her orphaned daughter.

  1. Life in long term health care.

  1. Friendships when you are in your 90s. It certainly helps to have friends of all ages.

  1. Her gardens … including her stump garden

I’m blessed to have her as a friend. Her daughter too! Just love her and her labyrinth!

The weather was overcast and grim … a storm is brewing.



3.9.20 … “There are places I’ll remember All my life, though some have changed Some forever, not for better Some have gone, and some remain “

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (14/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC, Daylight Savings Time:

I tried to walk a lovely private labyrinth here in Charlotte today, but the owner said the paths were not delineated. I will try her later in the year because her labyrinths, she has 2, are favorites of mine.

I made the decision to walk Wedgwood. It is a crunch, crunch, crunch labyrinth. As I approached, I was again taken aback by the huge electrical lines that run nearby and actually sit in someone’s front yard. It’s very bizarre.

But on the church lawn are several lovely old oak trees and a forsythia bush.

As soon as I had made up my mind to take the crunch, crunch, crunch in stride, I started my walk.

If you didn’t know it, daylight saving time started yesterday. I get the extra hour in the evening. I feel like the day lasts forever. Last night was also one of those days it appeared to go on forever. So finally at midnight I took something to help me sleep. I woke up at 8 AM… An hour and a half later than my usual wake up time. And I have worked all day today, diligently, in major downsizing mode. I have 10 boxes out on the street and six bags for bulky item pick up, a real taxpayer privilege here in Charlotte. Tomorrow I will go to a self service recycling site because my bin is full and I don’t get recycling pick up til next week.

It was a little after six tonight when I walked. Charlotte was still in major afternoon traffic mode at 6. And this labyrinth sits on the corner of Tyvola and Wedgewood. It was a very busy place.

This is another large scale Chartres labyrinth,and so between having to be very careful with my foot placements in the gravel and the oversize, I did not get the meditative quality that I was seeking.

Nonetheless, a labyrinth is a labyrinth, and this one has a nice feel with the sun setting on me.

At the center I repeated the 23rd Psalm, not something I think I’ve ever done…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.


He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,


he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.


Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,[a]

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.


Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


And then I recited Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”:

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

I’m not quite sure about that one either. But that is where my mind went today.

When I finished, I walked the circumference of the labyrinth clockwise… I like the symbolism of re-entering in chronos time. And then I walked around the church. I like to know where I am.

And I’ll close with a little Beatles …

in my life

There are places I’ll remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone, and some remain

All these places had their moments

With lovers and friends, I still can recall

Some are dead, and some are living

In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers

There is no one compares with you

And these memories lose their meaning

When I think of love as something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know I’ll often stop and…

Today’s list …

Public Art

1. Public Parks

2. Public sculpture

3. Graffiti

4. Architecturally significant design

5. Architectural adornment

6. Private installations publicly accessible

7. Advertisements that rise to the level of Art … neon sign for example!

8. Public performance art

9. Labyrinths



3.8.20 … Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (13/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte-Charlotte NC, Daylight Savings Time:

Clocks changed last night … Spring Forward! I must admit, I do love the memes …

But besides my nice collection of memes, I find the event brings out some interesting thoughts and rambles …

We lose an hour, and fret and complain. But think how many hours you’ve wasted, just let them fritter away.

Ephesians 5:15-17 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? – I really love that Chicago Song …

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I have had a fascination with clocks and watches. I have loved large public clocks since I was a little girl and my grandmother went to London and brought back a large postcard of Big Ben. And then my eldest’ s favorite childhood movie was Peter Pan. I love the scene with Big Ben. I searched my photos of clocks and found that I had over 100 pictures of public clocks. No matter where I am, if I see a clock tower I take a picture.

Here are a few of my favorites …Clocks and watches

  1. Big Ben
  1. Musee d Orsay
  1. Marshall Field’s Clock – Chicago
  1. Rich’s Department Store – Atlanta
  1. Grandfather clock at the Mauldins, my great aunt and uncle
  1. My grandmother’s mantel clock
  1. My Seiko 21st birthday watch
  1. My grandfather’s gold pocket watch that sits in a brass stand
  1. Rome GA’s Water Tower Clock Tower

Since my friend Toni reminded me of the newer labyrinth at the Galilee Center on Central, I headed there today. They were holding church in this facility so I hear the voice of the minister inside. This used to be Saint Andrews Church which was consecrated April 8, 1984. I’m not sure who uses it for worship but it provides a very used Loaves and Fishes Pantry and Childcare.

The Galilee Center serves as a meeting place for refugees, immigrants, and other residents of the city, and is supported and managed by Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. We host a variety of non-profits who provide vital services to our community, including English classes, citizenship classes, life skills classes, after-school programs, a food pantry, cross-cultural counseling services, gleaned fresh vegetables, and mentoring for new food-based businesses.

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte also offers support for the spiritual journey with several prayer groups and a multi-faith spirituality center. Our mission is “Working together to feed body, mind, and spirit,” but our motto is simply “Welcome.”

Source: Home | Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte,

Weeds grow everywhere… I guess God takes care of the weeds too.

I am thinking about both the sermon and the Sunday school class at First Presbyterian Church.

The poem that Anna closed with …

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s “Perhaps It Would Eventually Erode, But … ”

  • That rock that we
  • have been pushing up
  • the hill—that one
  • that keeps rolling back down
  • and we keep pushing
  • back up—what if
  • we stopped? We are not
  • Sisyphus. This rock
  • is not a punishment.
  • It’s something we’ve chosen
  • to push. Who knows why.
  • I look at all the names
  • we once carved into
  • its sedimentary sides.
  • How important
  • I thought they were,
  • those names. How
  • I’ve clung to labels,
  • who’s right, who’s wrong,
  • how I’ve cared about
  • who’s pushed harder
  • and who’s been slack.
  • Now all I want
  • is to let the rock
  • roll back to where it belongs,
  • which is wherever it lands,
  • and you and I could,
  • imagine!, walk unencumbered,
  • all the way to the top and
  • walk and walk and never stop
  • except to discover what
  • our hands might do
  • if for once they were no longer
  • pushing.
  • And in Sunday Scool we further dissected our concept of Trinity … and the word heresy was bantered about again.

    This pattern is a classic pattern and is a very short labyrinth walk. There is a pole at the center, and I am laughing to myself at the concept of pole dancing. I have a mischievous mind. Heresy!

    Blessings on this first day of DST!


    And I have to save this …


    3.7.20 … Now it’s only a matter of time …

    “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (12/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, Avondale Presbyterian Church-Charlotte NC:

    It’s late Saturday Afternoon, 5:45 PM, and this is the last day of Eastern Standard Time; the day is ending. I love this time of day.

    As I pulled into Avondale Presbyterian Church’s empty parking lot, I thought to myself: I have not seen a Saturday evening wedding at a church in a long time. That is really strange. I remember often driving by the churches in Charlotte at this time of day and seeing the wedding party going in or out. I realize that it is Lent, and Catholics and Episcopalians don’t marry during Lent, but still … Does no one get married in a church anymore?

    Today is cold to me. And there is a slight wind so it feels colder than 54°.. And the chimes are ringing. I also hear the water rushing in the fountain and a dog barking nearby. And hello singing birds…

    But what is wonderful about this walk is this setting sunlight. It lights the tops of the trees; it really makes it special. The grass also seems extremely green. As I noted the last time I was here, the boundaries are bright green with blooming moss or weeds or something.

    When it is cold like this, I walk much faster. I think the clanging chimes make me rush as well.

    Several years ago, the stone bench is on the side collapsed and now they have very sturdy benches, a good and necessary change.

    I am under a flight path tonight and I can see the planes in the cloudless blue sky.

    See the setting sun

    I’ve got the sun setting opposite the entrance and a near full moon rising directly opposite, above the cross. A nice way to end the dark days of EST.

    Hopefully I’ll be warm and sunny enough for me to wear my yellow shoes tomorrow 🙂

    And for those who hate EST, there’s this …

    “Last year, North Carolina came painfully close to passing a billthat would have removed the time change and made DST permanent all year.
    House Bill 350, moved through the North Carolina House quickly last March, and it passed the full House in April. The full NC Senate then approved a first reading and referred it to the Senate Rules Committee on April 17. That is where it was stalled and has remained to this date.
    There is currently talk of restarting the bill in the Senate, or writing a new bill entirely to make DST permanent in North Carolina.
    Lawmakers from several neighboring states have also filed similar bills, including Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida, and a separate time permanence measure was introduced last year to the US Congress by Senator Marco Rubio.
    President Trump has even stated that he would support making DST permanent nationwide.

    Now it’s only a matter of time.”

    Source: Tomorrow Might Be North Carolina’s Last Daylight Savings “Sping Forward” Event Ever,

    To all my DST lovers … enjoy your season. As for me,I always love how refreshed I feel the morning the clocks spring forward.

    Happy DST to my friends who have been SAD for these many months.


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