Posts Tagged ‘An Altar in the World


3.9.19 … “Not everyone is able to walk, but most people can, which makes walking one of the most easily available spiritual practices of all. All it takes is a decision to walk with some awareness, both of who you are and what you were doing. Where you are going is not as important, however counterintuitive that may seem.” – BBT

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, Lenten Lists, MorningStar Lutheran chapel – Charlotte NC, 2019 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (4/40), Lenten Lists:

It was 46° and foggy… As I pulled up, I saw and heard the landscaping crews. These two factors changed the dynamics of my walk.

I decided that I would wait a few minutes and get organized before heading over to the labyrinth. I sent out a Postagram to a friend who I wanted to thank. And I read for a few minutes from “An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith.” In the section entitled “The Practice of Walking on Earth” (which features labyrinths), I noticed that Barbara Brown Taylor talked about a sixth sense – the ability to align the body in space. I think walking labyrinths increases my concept of space and my ability to move in space. Barbara Brown Taylor also noted, “Not everyone is able to walk, but most people can, which makes walking one of the most easily available spiritual practices of all. All it takes is a decision to walk with some awareness, both of who you are and what you were doing. Where you are going is not as important, however counterintuitive that may seem.”

I didn’t immediately walk to the labyrinth. There was a man working on a new area to this scared garden, a prayer garden. And at the labyrinth was a woman and her husband and their dog, a high-energy golden retriever. I talked for a few minutes with the woman about the labyrinth and what I knew about them. She frequently walks at this labyrinth but she did not know the history or the availability of other labyrinths in the area. The worker, a brick layer named Bill Stublaski, interjected that he knew of two other local labyrinths, one at Davidson College and one at Avondale Presbyterian Church on Park Road. The couple and their dog left.

I continued the conversation with Bill. He was the bricklayer who created this labyrinth. He knew that it was dedicated to Shannon Kennedy, a woman who died of health issues 16 years ago. As a matter fact, Bill and his wife had adopted Shannon’s child, a 10-month-old daughter, after her death. And his building the labyrinth was a labor of love with Shannon’s mother, his daughter’s grandmother. And although he had never done any bricklaying of this type at the time, it was a true labor of love. And he did a perfect job with only a black and white picture of the 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth.

An interesting point is that the “morning star” in the center area was his daughter’s idea, and she was six years old at the time. I told Bill that because of the morning star etched into the center pavers, I had researched the significance of the morning star within the Christian tradition. Here is a link to what I found:

Christ Himself

Some scholars consider the reference to be to Christ himself. Professor Andrew Hill has written:

“Jesus Christ is described as the ‘morning star’ in 2 Peter 1:19 (phosphoros) and in Revelation 2:28 (aster proinos), and He identifies Himself as ‘the bright morning star’ (ho aster ho lampros ho proninos) in Revelation 22:16” (413).

He goes on to point out that this “star” symbolism reflects the Old Testament and inter-testament emphasis on the “celestial” nature of the coming Messiah (cf. Num. 24:17; Mal. 4:2).

William Barclay suggested several ideas. He thought the expression could signify the coming resurrection of the righteous. Just as the “morning star” breaks forth from the darkness of night, so the Lord’s people will break out of the darkness of the grave (1957, 67).

Later, however, he came to a different conclusion. He was “quite certain” that the “correct interpretation” is this. The “morning star” is Christ himself.

“If the Christian is true, when life comes to an end he will possess Christ, never to lose him again” (1959, 140).

Source: What Is the Morning Star of Revelation 2:28? : Christian Courier,

As an aside, Bill mentioned that initially the product that formed boundaries was a “gator” product. And that this product really had deteriorated, and now they were going to let the moss take over. There is some risk that the moss may become too slippery. They are watching it closely.

And I found this about Bill:

Local brick mason Bill Stublaski carefully laid the labyrinth’s 9,400 pavers over a period of several months. The project was especially meaningful to him, as Kennedy was the birth-mother of his daughter, Angelica.

Source: Morning Star labyrinth honors woman’s memory | Charlotte Observer,

The walk itself was quick pleasant. The chimes kept me company. (Bill had hung them.)

2019 Lenten Lists: Others with access to my email

1. Atlas Obscura

2. NextDoor Digest

3. Masterpiece on PBS

4. Afar

5. NYT: Cooking

6. Alpine Club of America

7. Tubi

8. The Fussy Librarian

9. PBS

10. BookBub

11. UNC General Alumni Association

12. Penguin Random House

13. UGA Alumni Association

14. MPHS Mustang Express

15. Tasting Table

16. All Recipes

I can clear out a lot of email clutter today!



Hacking: These hacking incidents are scary on so many levels.

Three colleges across the U.S. have been hacked. And now, the hackers are seeking a big payday before they hand over information.

Oberlin College in Ohio, Iowa-based Grinnell College, and New York’s Hamilton College were targeted recently by hackers that stole data on students applying for admission to their schools, according to The Wall Street Journal. The hackers were able to dupe college staff members into handing over passwords and took control over databases that housed student applicant information.

Those who stole the data are now seeking one bitcoin—currently traded at approximately $3,800—from students to retrieve their “entire admission file,” including teacher recommendations, admissions department comments, and more.

Source: College Applicant Data Hacked, Ransomed at 3 U.S. Schools | Fortune,


3.2.18 … “Solviture Ambulando—it is solved by walking—said Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest theologians of the Christian Church. What is “it” you ask? If you want to find out, you have to do your own walking.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World.

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (17/40), Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA, Driving Mama Lindsey, Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World:

Today was a day of serious conversations and much thought. I originally had hoped to take a long drive with my mom and my sister to to Cumming to walk my favorite private labyrinth and visit with my favorite labyrinth builder/keeper. But that was not to be. Instead the three of us visited four Lenbrook personal care apartments and analyzed the pros and cons of each. It made us each tired. So as we headed out from Lenbrook, we redirected. That’s life.

We headed back to Marietta and picked up take out from Yeero Village, a Greek restaurant, owned by the same family that owns the Marietta Diner. We shared excellent gyros, a shrimp kebab and lemon soup, and the soup was excellent.

We took our takeout to a nearby park and we delighted watching a dad and his two little girls play. I would have never dreamed the swing contraption would pass modern playground safety regulations. After the family left, my sister and I gave it a go. 🙂

My mom and I then dropped my sister off and headed back. I routed us by Eastminster Presbyterian’s labyrinth.

It was beautiful, sunny and warm in the garden. This is the labyrinth with the columbarium at the center. As I began my walk, I heard sounds of traffic and children in the playground adjacent to the garden.

This is an octagonal labyrinth and although it essentially the same pattern as the Chartres pattern, the angular nature of the pattern disturbs the flow. But it still was a delightful labyrinth to walk in the warm sunshine.

My mind goes to Barbara Brown Taylor’s discussion of labyrinths and related topics. I searched for several quotes that I like.

“Solviture Ambulando—it is solved by walking—said Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest theologians of the Christian Church. What is “it” you ask? If you want to find out, you have to do your own walking.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World. (New York: HarperOne). 61.

And Barbara Brown Taylor writes in her section “The Practice of Walking on the Earth,” “”Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are supposed to be going that we have a hard time recognizing where we actually are. When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, “Here, I guess, since this is where I am.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World, 56.



1.19.14 … “However, Sherlock is not the overall most portrayed literary character in film. That title belongs to the non-human character Dracula, who has been portrayed in 272 films.” …

Barbara Brown Taylor, quotes,  An Altar in the World:  I loved this quote … BBT is always good.

“Anything can become a spiritual practice once you are willing to approach it that way–once you let it bring you to your knees and show you what is real, including who you really are, who other people are, and how near God can be when you have lost your way.”

~Barbara Brown Taylor, from An Altar in the World

via Barbara Brown Taylor.

The Saint John’s Bible,  YouTube:  I saw images of this illuminated Bible on Pinterest … gorgeous.

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▶ The Saint John’s Bible on NBC Today Show – YouTube.

google doodles:   I love google doodles … I often have to google the honoree and love to learn something new. But I never thought about it being like postage stamps or that they are benefitting financially from the honoree … that it is a marketing tool. It made me think. But yes, it does seem extreme.

But is Google the right booster for one of the Harlem Renaissance’s greatest treasures? We’d be appalled if McDonald’s used Martin Luther King Jr.’s image to sell hamburgers or if Coca-Cola put Mohandas Gandhi on a soda can. So why is it any different when a tech behemoth uses Hurston to hawk searches?

Since Google began Doodling in 1998, it’s aligned its brand with some of the greatest human beings who ever walked the Earth, borrowing the pixie dust of Gandhi, MLK and others. In a role once reserved for the U.S. Postal Service and its stamps, Google now decides who deserves tribute — Hurston yes, Malcolm X no.

It’s time for the company to stop folding major political and cultural figures into its logo.

Remember: Google is embroiled in privacy lawsuits around the globe even as it criticizes the National Security Agency for invading Americans’ privacy. It protests censorship yet continues to expand its presence in China. It’s been accused of manipulating search results to benefit its business and may be the world’s largest copyright violator. It celebrates great African Americans in Doodles but won’t release its minority hiring statistics.

When Google goes deep, its Doodles rob honorees of context. The logos reduce legacies to cartoons, turning icons into iconography.

Google’s insistence on associating itself with greatness is more insidious than a college freshman putting up a Che Guevara poster in a dorm room, unwittingly celebrating a violent Marxist whose role in Cuba’s revolution helped isolate the nation for half a century. With Doodles, a company with unprecedented reach into our private lives incorporates history into its brand — a brand most Westerners with a computer stare at every day. That’s not just creepy, it’s downright Orwellian.

Google has caught flak for its Doodle-ocracy before. It’s been accused of insufficiently marking Memorial Day and Veterans Day . For the past several years, the site has restricted views of a rainbow banner honoring Gay Pride Month to those who search “pride related” terms such as “LGBT” and “marriage equality.” And last year, the company was hammered for showcasing labor organizer Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday instead of that guy who rose from the dead, Jesus Christ.

via From Gandhi to MLK, history’s giants have become marketing tools – The Washington Post.

Rose Bush,  Stephen Doster, books:  This came highly recommended.

After his wife’s death, engineer Dudley Redfern moves from Wisconsin to Sprite, Georgia, seeking to hide from his grief by burying himself in work. He soon comes to believe everyone is crazy in this tiny town, where Old Southern values are placed on odd pedestals and more than the usual spiritual awakenings take place. Little does he know that the quiet nights and work-filled days he expected will soon be interrupted when Sprite’s prodigal son returns to run for high office, and he finds himself embroiled in an age-old scandal and searching for solutions to issues he has never faced before.

via Rose Bush: Stephen Doster: 9781625969965: Books.

lasagna with fresh tomatoes and basil, recipes: 🙂

Lasagna with fresh tomatoes and basil is a perfect dish to start off the new year. It’s healthy but still substantial enough to feed the family. Using homemade lasagna noodles will make each bite taste fresh, silky, and smooth. It’s perfect for even my littlest one! But never fear, dried lasagna noodles will work perfectly well too! I also love using fresh tomatoes for this recipe — it makes everything feel and taste really light! And if you\’re looking to make it even lighter, swap out the cheese for light ricotta and part skim mozzarella. This lasagna is a tasty treat that will bring a little bit of Italy to your kitchen every time you pop it into the oven!

via ▶ Lasagna with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil | Farm to Table Family | PBS Parents – YouTube.

Eagle Scout/Idealist/Drug Trafficker?, Silk Road, bitcoin,  So now I know what bitcoins are used for!

A man who created a website that changed the world as we know it could believe he had a chance to live forever. At minimum, he could be a hero to anyone who thinks that government has no business in business.

Hence Bitcoin’s wry new nickname in legal circles: “Prosecution Futures.” The government has begun making arrests: Olivia Bolles, a Delaware doctor, was charged in November with selling oxycodone, Xanax and other drugs on Silk Road, stuffing Sour Patch and Jolly Rancher candy in the packages to thwart detection.

But the limits of technology are only part of the reason that another Silk Road is unlikely anytime soon. To function, such a site needs a leader who is dedicated to the point of fanaticism, and, more important, has a strange kind of integrity. Dread Pirate Roberts did not take the Bitcoin and run because he was a true believer first and an outlaw second. He was a rare set of contradictions, a humanitarian willing to kill, a criminal with a strict code of ethics.

via Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker? –

2014 Winter Olympics – Sochi,  Jamaican Bobsled Team:  Woohoo … The Jamaican bobsled team is expected to qualify for the Sochi Olympics after a 12-year absence from competition.   Cool runnings mon….

Flashbacks of Cool Runnings will certainly emerge as the Jamaican bobsled team is expected to qualify for the Sochi Olympics at this weekend’s event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon make up the two-man team hoping to end the country’s 12-year absence from bobsled competition.

Watts, 46, has come out of retirement to lead the Jamaican team, which, if it qualifies, would make him the oldest Olympic bobsled competitor by eight years. Watts originally competed in the 1994 Olympics and then retired after missing out on the 2006 games, according to reports from the International Business Times.

“Man, you should see me! Age is just a number. You’d never believe I was a man of 46… You’d say maybe 30, 35. I’m big, dark, and handsome, like a six-foot, 235-pound runnin’ back,” Watts confidently told The Telegraph.

via Jamaican Bobsled Team Set for Sochi | News from the Field |

Sherlock Holmes,  most portrayed literary human character :

Sherlock Holmes awarded title for most portrayed literary human character in film & TV | Guinness World Records

Having been depicted on screen 254 times, GWR today announces that Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, has been awarded a world record for the most portrayed literary human character in film & TV.

Since his creation in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been played by over 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, John Cleese, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr (above).

Guinness World Records adjudicator Claire Burgess commented, “Sherlock Holmes is a literary institution. This Guinness World Records title reflects his enduring appeal and demonstrates that his detective talents are as compelling today as they were 125 years ago.”

Through a combination of films, television series, dramas and documentaries, Sherlock’s appearances beat the character of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by 48 portrayals to claim the record.

However, Sherlock is not the overall most portrayed literary character in film. That title belongs to the non-human character Dracula, who has been portrayed in 272 films.

The record was recognised as part World Record London, a calendar of record-breaking events taking place in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

via Sherlock Holmes awarded title for most portrayed literary human character in film & TV | Guinness World Records.



(If you don’t save these to your wall, then you are NUTS.. who doesn’t love brownies??)

3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (I used vanilla)

1/4 cup skim milk

1/2 cup Cocoa powder

1/2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats (like Quaker)

1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar)

1 egg

1/3 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a square baking dish (I used 8″x8″). Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 large squares.


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LOL,  I should never drink …

APSS, Northside High School, kith/kin:  Saw this and thought many of you would be interested … … Isn’t it amazing that the North Atlanta area used to have 4 high schools?

Chris Christie, Bridgegate:  Helpful …

Bridge Players

Bridge Players –

George Takei, LOL:  George Takei has some fun stuff..

wine labels, followup:  Earlier today I mentioned that I enjoy wine labels and still remember the vinyards I visited 24 years ago, many becuae of their labels … Here they are:

Chateau Montelena:

Folie à Deux Winery:

Monticello Vineyards:

Domaine Chandon:

Clos Pegase Winery:


Clos du Val Wine:

Grgich Hills Estate

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