Posts Tagged ‘Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC


2.24.16 … “A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 13/40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, daffodils, tulip trees:

Absolutely bizarre weather

When I left my house 30 minutes ago, it was pouring. And extremely windy. It is now bright sunshine, 71° and still very breezy.

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and a new brochure …

Calling all Walkers

Have you ever felt that you would like to contribute to a cause or take action to solve a problem but you didn’t know how or what to do? A walk on the labyrinth can give you the opportunity to “contribute” and ” take action” through prayer and meditation.


in and out of the shadows,
ring of the chimes in the chime tower,
ever faintly the rushing water of the fountain,
rustling of the trees,
broken twigs,
(sign of how bad the storm was, It was not enough to bring down large limbs)
standing water in several areas of the Sacred Garden.



Tulip trees are in bloom! Are they the first sign of spring every year.


After my walk, I drove home in search of daffodils. They are late this year in Charlotte and I only found them a few places.


And when I arrive back, it is pouring, again.


Montreat, Montreat Gate:


Poor gate. Again.


The Guggenheim,  109 Free Modern Art Books Online, Open Culture:


The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open CultureBack in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge. We’re happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109. Published between 1937 and 1999, the art books/catalogues offer an intellectual and visual introduction to the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, Fernand Léger, and Kandinsky. Plus there are other texts (e.g., Masterpieces of Modern Art and Abstract Expressionists Imagists) that tackle meta movements and themes. Anyone interested in the history of the Guggenheim will want to spend time with a collection called “The Syllabus.” It contains five books by Hilla Rebay, the museum’s first director and curator. Together, they let you take a close look at the art originally housed in the Guggenheim when the museum first opened its doors in 1939.

Source: The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Open Culture



WAZE GPS direction voice Morgan Freeman,  got it!


The voice of God can tell you how to navigate traffic. Well, you can hear the voice of the man who has probably portrayed God more than any other actor. Like Kevin Hart and Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, Morgan Freeman is lending his voice to Google’s navigation app Waze is part of the promotion for a new movie. >> Read more trending stories “Far and away one of the most requested voices by Wazers, U.S drivers will now be able to have Mr. Freeman as their new executive copilot,” Waze said in a release Monday. Hart lent his voice to the app to promote “Ride Along” in 2013.

Source: You can finally get GPS directions from Morgan Freeman |


Salisbury Cathedral UK,   ‘The Kiss’ Sculpture,  Texters Keep Bumping Into It;


NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – A British cathedral sought to reassure visitors on Monday that they could still view a massive sculpture following a Facebook post by the statue’s creator saying the church had moved it because people kept bumping into it while texting. The Salisbury Cathedral, located about 90 miles outside of London, said in a tweet on Monday under the Twitter handle @SalisburyCath: “Don’t worry, you can still see ‘The Kiss’ at theCathedral. We’ve moved the sculpture onto the lawn #Relationships.” “The Kiss” is a 20-foot sculpture of clasping hands by artist Sophie Ryder. On Tuesday, Ryder posted a video on Facebook of a crane moving the statue, with the comment “We had to move ‘the kiss’ because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!”

Source: Cathedral Moves Sculpture Because Texters Keep Bumping Into It






2.26.15 … “A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.” – Banksy

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 8/40, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Who doesn’t love a Youth Barbecue at a church. You have to think of all those moms and dads, and in this instance, mostly dads, who are up cooking the barbecue through the night the night before. I’ll put it on my calendar to come get a pound of barbecue on Saturday.

No chimes as I walk in, but the birds are really going at it. I’m mad at myself, again, for not getting some birdseed to leave on the labyrinth. I will make an effort to do this today.

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And now I hear the chimes. I love the snow coming down in the eaves of the chime canopy.


The most significant noise in the garden is the sound of the water fountain and a close second is the sound of the drip, drip, drip of the snow and ice falling from the trees as it melts.



Do you see the little bit of snow left on the cross?

I hear the sound of the train in the distance. I have heard it before. And I don’t think it’s very far away. But I’m going to have to get a map out and see where the tracks are relative to the church. I really cannot think of where they are.

As I walk I am trying to remember the line from The Sound of Music’s “These are a Few of My favorite Things” that deal with snow. So I ask Siri …


Here it is:

These are a few of my favorite things. Cream colored ponies … Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Silver white winters …

And then I walk …


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As I finish my walk, I hear the sound that I had a new text message. So sitting on the bench, I checked my messages then my emails and then Facebook. To my great surprise, a childhood friend who about two years ago back reentered my regular circle of friends, has posted our third grade class picture, E. Rivers Elementary Mrs. Clay’s Third Grade 1968-69, for which I have been looking for ages. It just make me smile.

Mrs. Clay Third Grade E. Rivers

In addition, my son who says I never have a conversation with him without asking what he is going to do next tagged me in a post of this article.  Again, love that boy, and love that he is thinking and moving and making subtle jabs at me … just a little bit.


The thing is, mountain people, you are awesome business owners. You know about risk. You know about passion. You know about hard work, early mornings, and tenacity. You know about loss and getting slammed. You know how to pick yourself up and try again and again until you succeed. You know how to feel things, with your heart and your head and the pit of your stomach. You might not know about web design or finance or spreadsheets, but you know how to show up, rain or shine, and make shit happen.

You are my favorite type of client, and your experiences will help your business succeed.


I see you, with your scars from the knee surgeries or those weird-looking collarbone lumps protruding from your shirt and that wild look in your eyes, and I know what you know. I’ve seen what you’ve seen. And together, we can pretend to fit into normal society. We just have to run our businesses with honor and boldness and as much grace as we can muster.

via Ski Bums Grow Up. Then They Start Kickass Businesses. | Teton Gravity Research.

And then I found a great Banksy today …

Banksy’s Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip : The Two-Way : NPR

Banksy says about this image:

“A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”

via Banksy’s Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip : The Two-Way : NPR.





2.20.15 … Step 6: We came to see that, despite often feeling stressed by the demands of life, taking time every day to be in stillness, provides a “peace” that is essential to our well-being. We are more present, available and willing to see the mystery of serendipity and coincidence. We are loved / The Red Boot Coalition …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 3/40,  Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, Step 6: We are loved / The Red Boot Coalition:

Chimes … Beautiful today. It was 25°, but it’s unbelievably sunny, so it did not feel cold.
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On the phone while walking … But this friend keeps me centered so I enjoyed the  conversation at the center.
Be still … I focused on Psalm 46:10. But I used it for thinking of it in this way as I just saw this video at a class on Tuesday a week ago …  Be Still meditation …
There was ice on the labyrinth in the spots where the shade normally is. That made for interesting contrast as well as an interesting extra effort as you walk across the ice. It made the walk very intentional at times.
iPhone expired; therefore there are very few pics.
I also reviewed in my mind the Red Boot Coalition meeting that I had attended this morning.   We focused on Step 6.

Step 6: We are loved

We came to see that, despite often feeling stressed by the demands of life, taking time every day to be in stillness, provides a “peace” that is essential to our well-being. We are more present, available and willing to see the mystery of serendipity and coincidence.

We are loved.

via Step 6: We are loved / The Red Boot Coalition.

I had so many thoughts in my head. These were some of the things we talked about in connection with Step 6 …

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemy of Pilgrimage | On Being:


The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.

via Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage | On Being.

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer,  I am not sure what impressed me most about this essay … just read the whole thing.

And yet, one line from Hume’s essay strikes me as especially true: “It is difficult,” he wrote, “to be more detached from life than I am at present.”

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life.

On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight.

This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for some fun (and even some silliness, as well).

I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.

via Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer –

And this is a great reinterpretation of Psalm 46:10Be Still and know that I am God.

Barbara Brown Taylor’s book on Darkness:

I loved this …

If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to the fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love — if I could just find the right night lights to leave on.

Just from the title, I know that I’m going to get some candles and do a nighttime labyrinth walk in the next 10 days. I just need to.

via Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause: menopause midlife spiritual …  Dealing with the Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Menopause: Finding … – Dana E King, Melissa Hunter, Jerri Harris, Harold G Koenig – Google Books.

Enjoy your day!!



5.28.13 … walk with me …

I had the great pleasure of leading an FPC Charlotte group on a labyrinth walk and teaching them about such walks.  In connection with my guiding them, I drafted “My History,”  and here it is …

My History

From Barbara Brown Taylor’s  The Alter to the World and leading into her section on labyrinths is this: “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.”

To be able to answer that question with that answer is what the labyrinth does for me.

Approximately three years ago a long time friend Mary  asked me to walk a labyrinth with her, this labyrinth here at Avondale. It had an immediate effect on me, and I began to research and walk other labyrinths locally. Within six months, I would describe myself as a “hooked” and possibly an addict.  During July 2011, I even dragged my family on a three-hour detour across France to see Chartres‘ labyrinth.

The following spring and approximately a year later, in a continuing effort to find peace and add meaning to my life, I walked a canvas labyrinth, one which is only set up on holy days etc. This labyrinth is at Myers Park Methodist Church. After walking it, I went to my friend Mary’s Ash Wednesday Service,  and she asked the worshippers not to give up something, but to take up a practice. I signed a purple card and put it in the collection plate.  My card stated that I would attempt to walk a labyrinth daily during Lent. That  was Ash Wednesday,  the first day of Lent 2012.

And I did, I walked almost every day. And absolutely found it refreshing, relaxing, focusing and well worth my time.

During my 2012 Lenten Walks I found a flyer here at Avondale, announcing a 2-day presentation by Lauren Artress : “The Healing Labyrinth: Addressing the Spiritual Hunger of Our Time” Lecture & Book Signing and “Nourishing our Spiritual Lives” Labyrinth Workshop.  I signed up.  These lectures gave me the opportunity to put my thoughts into words and universalize my year-long experiences.  Reading Lauren Artress’ Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool  and hearing her speak and experiencing her with others, including my sister and someone I now consider my labyrinth friend, was worth every minute of my time and money.  I would attend again n a heartbeat.

After Lent and the Artress weekend, I quickly realized that I missed my walks, and so I continued to walk.

I probably walk a labyrinth every week to 10 days. I have found that when I travel, I seek them out.   I have walked labyrinths in Miami FL, Atlanta GA, the Berkshires MA, Washington DC, Boston MA, Louisville KY and Boulder CO.

When I came to Lent this year, I made the same decision: I would walk labyrinths daily, if possible.  I came away with the same conclusion …my 2013 Lenten Walks, like my 2012 Lenten Walks, were worth every minute of my time and grounded me spiritually.

I continue to walk every week to 10 days.  I also walk when I am troubled or anxious or happy or joyful.  It takes me 20 minutes, and I almost always come away resolved.  As St Augustine says, “solvitur ambulando: it is solved by walking.

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3.31.13 … Christ is risen, indeed! …

t”Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Rain … actually heavy rain. But the church was ready … and the chairs were set up under the covered entrance to the fellowship hall with a straight on view of the columbarium in the Sacred Garden. A very nice plan b.
The Highland Piper crossed our path in full regalia … where did he go?
Before the service began, the ministers introduced themselves and shook hands as they walked out to the front.
The Highland piper played “Amazing Grace.”
At this sunrise service the word I heard over and over was “creation.” From the scripture that was read … Mark 16: 15:
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
And then I heard repeatedly, “Christ is risen!.”
Dr. John Earl asked us to focus on “sounds,” to listen to creation, to hear and see things in creation beginning with resurrected Christ. And he concluded, ” Creation is laughing. In every cemetery, creation is laughing. Listen to the laughter you find in creation.” (paraphrased :))
The service concluded with another bagpipe tune … and Dr. Earl encouraged us to walk the Garden while he was still playing. I, of course, walked the labyrinth!
After I walked, Rev. Jane Summey Mullennix called me over to share coffee. It was great fun to talk with her about the service and labyrinths!
Christ is risen, indeed!
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3.27.13 … what a difference a little sunshine makes …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC: 

Chimes … I now expect to hear them when I arrive.  🙂
As a child, I would spend hours with a friend named Laura playing  at the base of a large of oak tree on Brighton Road  in Brookwood Hills. Every time I walk by this wonderful oak tree as I enter the Avondale’s Sacred Garden, I think of those hours and Laura.
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And thank goodness for the sunshine. I was beginning to feel like my 2013 Lenten  labyrinth walks were a burden.  What a difference a little sunshine makes.
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3.18.13 … walkin’ in the light … singin’ in the rain …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC: 



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I took another late afternoon walk. I walked  at 5:45 PM and it was 46° and drizzling heavily.
I love it the the Sacred Garden keepers are preparing the Garden for Spring.  It is looking much better.  I hope they have a sunrise service on the labyrinth like they did last year.  (hint, hint)
I am singing in my head  a song that we sang at the FPC PW Retreat last weekend and which I had not sung since I was in college …
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ in the light.
Walkin’ in the light (ooo), we can trust each other (ooo).
Walkin’ in the light (ooo), we can see ourselves.
It’s a sad situation, people running scared
It’s a crazy mixed up world, where there’s nothing to fear but fear.
Two, three, four, tell them what your feet are for…
We always walk in darkness, forget about the day,
We’re afraid to face our problems, we’re hoping they’ll go away.
Two, three, four, tell them what your feet are for…
So we finally pull our heads out of the sand
Where there’s light and warmth and sunshine, and it’s never dark again.
Two, three, four, tell them what your feet are for…

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