Posts Tagged ‘All Saints Episcopal Church -Gastonia NC


2.25.16 … You are now entering the mission field …


“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 15/40), All Saints Episcopal Church -Gastonia  NC, Shakespeare and rosemary, Sandy Hook massacre: 


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Cold wind
Bright sunshine
Rosemary… Shakespeare quote
Butterfly motif
Brilliant blue sky with bright white clouds
Dead leaves on the path which rustle when you walk through
Prayers for the children of Sandy Hook to whom this labyrinth dedicated



As I walked I rubbed some rosemary in my hands and I thought about Shakespeare’s quote …


“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Source: Quote by William Shakespeare: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray …”

And I smiled  as I exited All Saints’ parking lot. 🙂



Fireball,  Atlantic Ocean,  Feb. 6, 2016:


On Feb. 6, at about 14:00 UTC, a tiny chunk of interplanetary material plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and burned up—likely exploding—about 30 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean. The energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons of TNT, making this the largest such event since the (much larger) Chelyabinsk blast in February 2013. OK, so first, off: Don’t panic! As impacts go, this was pretty small.* After all, you didn’t even hear about until weeks after it occurred. Events this size aren’t too big a concern. Had it happened over a populated area it, would’ve rattled some windows and probably terrified a lot of people, but I don’t think it would’ve done any real damage.

Source: Fireball over Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 6, 2016.

Singing show tunes,  fight off dementia,  study – NY Daily News:


The hills are alive with the sound of music, which could help people with Alzheimer’s stave off the effects of the debilitating disease. A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes. Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened. Among the songs sung during 50-minute sessions were hits from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.” The most improvement was among those sufferers with moderate to severe dementia.

Source: Singing show tunes helps fight off dementia: study – NY Daily News


Psychic Archeology, Atlas Obscura:



Despite its many skeptics, the concept of psychic archeology proved impossible to dislodge from the discipline’s fringes, reappearing in sensational cases every few decades with Frederick Bligh Bond cited as its founding authority. Archaeologist Philip Rahtz famously called Glastonbury “the mecca of all irrationality,” a paradise for “hippies, weirdos, drop-outs, and psychos.” The fringe practice pioneered at Glastonbury has spread to tourist sites around the world; countless cities promote entertaining ghost tours based on purported revelations from the dead. Encountering a “presence” from the past can be far more engaging for some visitors than reading a history book. The knowledge that it’s part of a rehearsed spectacle competes with the thrill of a first-hand experience to produce a tantalizing sense of possibility. Bond tried to bring that sense of expansive possibility into the realm of scientific fact. His standard of proof was different from that of spiritualists in his time, and probably from most modern ghost tours: psychic archeology was supposed to go beyond sensational apparitions to develop a deep and meaningful connection with “that greater field of thought and experience which we term the Past.”

Source: Psychic Archeology, Or How to Dig Up the Dead With Their Own Advice | Atlas Obscura


Justice Scalia, International Order of St. Hubertus, secretive society of elite hunters, The Washington Post:


After Scalia’s death, Poindexter told reporters that he met Scalia at a “sports group” gathering in Washington. The U.S. chapter of the International Order of St. Hubertus lists a suite on M Street NW in the District as its headquarters, although the address is only a mailbox in a United Parcel Service store. [How St. Hubert’s encounter with a deer inspired the society] The International Order of St. Hubertus, according to its website, is a “true knightly order in the historical tradition.” In 1695, Count Franz Anton von Sporck founded the society in Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Repu

Source: Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters – The Washington Post



2.23.15 … dedicated to the memory of the twenty children and six staff members from Sandy Hook Elementary who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 … “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 5/40, All Saints Episcopal Church – Gastonia  NC:
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I have not been here since 2013. And I’m here in the middle of what is still very much winter. There are big piles of leaves covering part of the path and an empty Hornets coffee cup.
I had forgotten about the butterfly theme. It is on the bench as well as on several markers. In addition there is a paver that says, “peace be with you.” And it is with those thoughts, the butterfly thing and the peace be with you prayer, that I am making my walk today.
This is one of the few abbreviated Chartres style labyrinths that I actually enjoy. I don’t know why, but it makes this one fun to be able to walk it in under 10 minutes and it is only 10 minutes off the highway. I can walk it very quickly. I noticed the pavers fit in the center perfectly. And the sun is setting and shining on my face. It was a nice thought to walk with.
I hear the birds and I see one soaring in the sky.
Most of the room rosemary around the boundaries are in good shape, however, there are two that are absolutely dead. There is a little work for the labyrinth keepers. I love that there are box gardens over to the side. I wonder who uses them. Are they community gardens with the food raised being  donated? Or are they garden plots  provided to members of the congregation.
 And, of course, whenever I see rosemary …

OPHELIA: There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts.

via Hamlet by William Shakespeare: Act 4. Scene V.

And then as I leave , I read the garden’s marker: Dedicated to the  memory of Sandy Hook … ‘Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.’  Matthew 5:8″

3.19.13 … the “capable wife” … she can laugh at the days to come …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, All Saints Episcopal Church -Gastonia  NC: 


I was excited to have a new labyrinth to walk today. I found it via the worldwide labyrinth locator.
The labyrinth at All Saints Episcopal Church  is a stone paver labyrinth, 6 circuit, with a Chartres – like pattern. It has rosemary and pots of pansies at its edge.  There is a community garden ready to be planted behind the labyrinth.    It will be fun to watch this one grow and develop over time. So much potential!
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My thoughts are on the “Capable Wife”  found in Proverbs 31:10 – 31  which was discussed at TMBS at midday today.  I especially liked v. 25-26, 30-31, but only after our discussion:

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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