Posts Tagged ‘Hobart Park


7.23.17 … the character of my walk is not as planned.

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth, Hobart Park, Davidson NC:

A tree that shaded the labyrinth has been cut down. This changes the feel of the park.

And because of the extreme heat and many storms, the labyrinth is littered with dead leaves, walnuts, and small limbs.

So the character of my walk is not as planned.

And Ann, I will never forgive you for pointing out the moss cross. I find myself seeking it and never find the perfect one you found on our walk together.




2.27.16 … RIP Bart the Bassett 2001-2016 …



“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 17/40), Davidson College Labyrinth – Davidson NC, Hobart Park:

Another gorgeous day
Black crow cawing
Strong full sun
Cool weather
Lamppost lion, a witch and wardrobe lamppost
Worn bench
Small airplane circling
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Thinking about yesterday meanings of the six petals of the center. Mine are: physical, emotional, relational/social, spiritual, religious (my relationship with God via Christ) and time… Past and future (and when I stand at the center i am in the moment.)
I circle the petals twice, once looking inward, once looking outward.
Construction noises






Goodbye to one of our beloved beasts …





2.18.16 … “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. ” – TS Eliot

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 9/40), Davidson College Labyrinth – Davidson NC, Hobart Park:


Will have a little bit of time today before meeting Molly for lunch at Kindred. I thought about striking out to find a new labyrinth. But I thought again and decided on such a glorious day it would be very nice to spend a little time on Davidson’s campus.




The labyrinth is not exactly peaceful right now. There is a major construction project just on the other side of Faculty Drive. As I walk the labyrinth, I noticed several of the construction workers looking at me strangely. I always want to ask them if they’d like to walk. One day I will.



As I completed my walk, I rang the Japanese bell. I’ve taped it. It really does make a nice way to end a walk.

Afterwards, a quick drive around campus.  Hello, Tom!

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 Walking the Labyrinth, Matt Rawle: 

I remember the first time my mind wandered aimlessly

Pacing the turns inwardly while releasing

My fears and transgressions with each step accompanied breath

The Spirit unfettered, wholly showing me the quest

With my feet unbridled,

I idled at the entrance

Penitent and unworthy to tread with God’s presence

Unknowing what’s before me, I bravely try to stride

On the path of my past I hold fast to hide

On the first purple line the silence is deafening

The candle wicks flicker, the only light transpiring

Guiding me pensively toward my first inward turn

With the world now behind me, my thoughts unfurl

Is beauty universally seen alike in all eyes?

Is beauty left to context, morality, or time?

Is beauty a Godly thing, the Trinity’s inner splendor?

Or is it human construct based in race, class, or gender?

Revelations abound drowning out my reality

As the labyrinth’s simple path winds almost seamlessly

Begging the question of what’s melting away

Is it reality or falsity that’s truly giving way?

Source: Walking the Labyrinth – Matt Rawle


Ash Wednesday Labyrinth Idea:

From the ashes of this world you were born to journey with God.  Eventually from the gift that is your life,  So will you return to the the ashes of this world. Now, as you receive these ashes tonight,  may you be reminded that  however many or few years available to each of us, Life is short and we do not have too much time To bring joy to the hearts of those who travel this way with us. So be swift to love! Make haste to be kind. In the gifts of grace and peace which Gd offers to all of Gd’s children. Amen.

Source: Ash Wednesday Labyrinth Idea

 Kindred Restaurant, James Beard Award Semifinalist,   Charlotte Magazine:  I’ve been 4 times and I must admit until today, I had something that was fantastic, but I also had something that not great, marginal at best.  So I went again for lunch today and told my waitress Tia of my previous experiences.  She made sure I had an exceptional experience.




Joe and Katy Kindred opened their Main Street restaurant early last year, quickly gaining national attention when Bon Appetit magazine named them one of 2015’s best new restaurants. With that number seven slot, expectations (and hopes) rose. Charlotte has not had a James Beard Semifinalist since 2009, when Chefs Bruce Moffett and Mark Hibbs (who no longer resides here), both made the list. While many things could change for the Kindreds with today’s announcement, we expect that their priorities won’t be one of them. When I reached out for a response to the breaking news, Joe asked for a little time. The reason: he was on baby watch. The Kindreds not only opened a restaurant that garnered national attention over the last year, they also welcomed their third child, Graydon James, to the family. Graydon’s middle name comes from Joe’s longtime mentor and friend, Chef Jim Noble of Rooster’s. Also unlikely to change: Kindred’s family restaurant mentality. Although the category is titled ‘Best Chef, Southeast,’ Joe is quick to recognize the entire restaurant staff, making it clear he could not have gotten to this point alone. Says Kindred of the news, which he learned at the same time as everyone else: “I’m still just trying to soak it all in. I don’t really think it’s hit yet.” Perhaps it will by this Friday, when Kindred restaurant celebrates its first birthday.


Source: Kindred Restaurant Named James Beard Award Semifinalist – Charlotte Magazine – March 2016 – Charlotte, NC

A little Lenten history, The Presbyterian Outlook:

For some Presbyterians, celebrating Lent is not intuitive — it may not have been part of their family’s pattern growing up. It is, however, connected to the way in which the Christian celebration of Easter evolved. “What is most helpful for all Christians and Presbyterians in particular to remember is that the time of Lent came into being after Easter was decided upon as an annual celebration,” said Jennifer Lord, a professor of homiletics and liturgical studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. “We think early on that the Christians celebrated Easter, celebrated resurrection, weekly.” The Council of Nicea, in 325, set Easter as an annual celebration tied to the timing of Passover — a link to the Jewish tradition of following the lunar calendar. Easter is set for the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon after the spring equinox. “The development of Lent was to prepare people to be baptized on Easter,” Lord said. At that time, baptism was for adults, and Lent became 40 days of baptismal preparation — counting the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, except for the Sundays in Lent, because “Sunday is always resurrection liturgically,” Lord said. In the Christian tradition, the number 40 is significant, “being this great number, used again and again … 40 in the Old Testament is always signifying time beyond time, this extraordinary time.”

Source: A little Lenten history – The Presbyterian Outlook

Lent is for Presbyterians too, creative connectional disciplines, The Presbyterian Outlook:

Disciplines. Some Presbyterians think of Lent not in terms of “giving up” something (Facebook, coffee, alcohol, sweets) but in becoming more committed to practicing a spiritual discipline — including the traditional ones of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “This is not a forced discipline,” said Jennifer Lord, a professor of homiletics and liturgical studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, but discovering “What’s the gift in this?” of a consistent spiritual practice. Some focus on the contemplative — beginning and ending each day with a time of prayer or silent mediation, or praying the liturgy of the hours (set times of devotion throughout the day — done in communion with others praying around the world). Some congregations hold Wednesday night soup suppers with a different charity designated each week to receive donations. Westminster Presbyterian in Durham last year used the weeks of Lent to introduce congregants to six spiritual practices. Since then, some of those practices, particularly silent meditation, have been incorporated into other aspects of church life — such as an Advent study looking at opposites, including chaos and calm; making space and filling space; suffering and joy; darkness and light. “My sense is that sometimes these practices can get connected to a particular faith tradition that might not be our own faith tradition,” so Presbyterians don’t naturally consider them, said Heather Ferguson, Westminster’s director of Christian education. When they learn some of the history, they find “actually it’s rooted much more deeply in our tradition” — so some begin to make space. She has found that silent meditation practices resonate with “a wide variety of people — male and female, older, younger, those with children, those without, empty nesters.” Westminster offers a silent campus during Holy Week — with no committee meetings and with the staff practicing stillness, calm and quiet. Some (including one extrovert from her congregation who lives alone) find the experience of collectively being in centering prayer or sitting in silence with other people to be powerful. Lectio divina — a meditative focus on a particular passage of Scripture — appeals to some who fear they don’t know enough about the Bible to contribute much or feel comfortable in a discussion-based Bible study, Ferguson said. Her hope was that at the end of Lent, “they would walk away with just one little thing they might try” the rest of the year. “Invariably there are a lot of chaotic things going on, either in the news or the lives of people. We try to give them some options for practices they can do that fit with whatever they’re experiencing.”

Source: Lent is for Presbyterians, too: Creative, connectional disciplines – The Presbyterian Outlook

Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal: A look at how three adaptations of Pride and Prejudice handle the first proposal scene.



But imprinting aside, I believe there’s a reason Colin Firth is the Darcy of our hearts (and it’s not just his lush head of curls, strong chin, or his wet shirt). Firth gets it. He gets what makes Darcy tick and what makes his female audience tick: a throbbing heart trapped under layers of shyness, pretension, and social convention a meter thick. Up until this point Firth gives a relatively restrained performance but in this scene his Darcy literally cannot sit still. When he comes to call on Elizabeth at the Collins’ home, she sits down and invites him to follow suit. He does, for a moment, but he’s immediately up again. He literally cannot sit still: one minute he paces the room and the next turning to face Elizabeth, and then the next turning his back on her. Firth’s performance gives the impression of a man beside himself; a man overcome, undone, and nearly helpless. Ehle’s Elizabeth, by contrast, barely moves, the controlled flash of an eye or tilt of the chin conveying the range of emotions she is experiencing. The actors’ performances, combined with Langton’s skilled blocking, suggest the power dynamics between Lizzie and Darcy. Throughout the scene, Elizabeth is seated while Darcy stands but rather than shoring up Darcy’s power, this contrast undermines it. Darcy may have the higher some interesting standing, but he is still the one literally out of control. Elizabeth can remain seated and still have command of the scene. Firth’s delivery mirrors this indecisive, frenetic action. Several times he opens his mouth to speak before thinking the better of it. By the time he actually does work up the courage, he’s practically gasping. His line delivery, always clipped and abrupt, is hurried here, as if he is trying to push the words out of his mouth to get it all over with.


Source: Anatomy of a Scene: Darcy’s (first) Proposal






2.13.16 … kin·dred ˈkindrəd/ noun 1. one’s family and relations. synonyms: family, relatives, relations, kin, kith and kin, one’s own flesh and blood; More relationship by blood. “ties of kindred” adjective adjective: kindred 1. similar in kind; related. “books on kindred subjects” …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Labyrinth Walks (Walk 4/40),  Davidson College Labyrinth – Davidson NC, Hobart Park:  

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Hobart is special to me.  My family celebrated graduation with a picnic in the park with John’s family.

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The labyrinth was added when the park was redone in memory of a classmate.  It is funny that I never noticed the marker dedicating the park to F.D. Hobart, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, 1925-1960, “If you seek his monument, look about you”:

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It is a beautiful day, the sun is streaming and the air is cold and crisp.

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As I walk I look for the moss cross that Ann pointed out to me the first time I walked this labyrinth.

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And before I leave, I must go see the camellias in bloom … I love the South in winter!!

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Kindred, Davidson NC:  Lunch with Molly at the newest “in” restaurant in Davidson.  The oysters were divine!

New-School: Crispy Oysters with Green Garlic Yogurt Kindred; Davidson, NC Battered sparingly and fried gently, Joe Kindred’s riff on oysters with tartar sauce emerges from the oil looking beige and craggy and rumpled. Beneath the pleasingly raspy exterior, these just-shucked beauties quiver. Served on a gold-rimmed plate, on a skid of garlicky white sauce that recalls a Greek tzatziki, they arrive with a tuck of watercress that complements the whole like a feather does a cap.

Source: Southern Food in 50 Dishes | Garden and Gun

kith/kin, TFA, Baltimore:  Molly’s moving to Baltimore with TFA. I can’t wait to explore her new home!

“You can look far and wide, but you’ll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style,” filmmaker and local celebrity John Waters wrote in his book, Shock Value. “It’s as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay.”

Source: Searching for America’s Most Eccentric City…in Baltimore | Atlas Obscura

Six Photographers, Photo Session With The Same Man, Most Exciting Planet:  Fascinating …

When six photographers are tasked with taking portraits of the same man, the results are astonishing. Here’s the twist: each photographer is told a different (fake) personal history of the man. As portrait photographers, it’s their goal to portray this man, as they see him, in a single photograph. Though he comes to each photo session dressed exactly the same, carries himself the same way, and speaks with each photographer in the same manner, the photographers treat him differently and photograph him completely differently depending on the background story.

Source: Six Photographers Each Have A Photo Session With The Same Man – The Results Will Definitely Surprise You! – Most Exciting Planet

man’s best friend:


Actually he is still “here.” But I am holding him close. He is a ghost dog for sure. But I am dealing with the loss every morning and every mealtime as he slips away.

Reformed worship is … – The Presbyterian Outlook

At one end of the pew someone is whispering, “That communion liturgy felt so Catholic.” At the other, someone is murmuring, “This praise song sounds so Pentecostal.” “Is that how Presbyterians pray?” “Is this how Presbyterians sing?” Surely you’ve overheard such comments. Perhaps you’ve said similar things yourself. In my time with the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship I’ve heard many variations on the theme: “That’s too Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal . . . .” I’ve responded to countless calls and emails from pastors, elders, and members who were concerned that some new (or […]

Source: Reformed worship is … – The Presbyterian Outlook



2.19.13 … unpacking …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks,  Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden, Hobart Park, Proverbs, unpacking:

Prior to my walk,  I had a soup and salad with Molly at the Soda Shop.  The soup was not so hot but Molly’s caramel milkshake was divine.  She was right to quip, “It’s not like the Soda Shop is known for its soup.”  It was fun to see how things are different on the one hand,  yet how much they are the same on the other.   Molly  seems to love it here, as do most of her friends. I am joyful for that.
Who doesn’t like to hear the bell on college campus. 🙂 Right before I began my walk, I heard the college’s bells ring 3 o’clock, and as I was finishing up, I heard the bells ring 3:15.
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As I walked, it really struck me how clean the labyrinth was today. The landscapers must have come and blown it clean right before I walked. Not a leaf on the labyrinth.
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My mind  today focused  on the Tuesday Morning Bible Study Class that I had just attended at First  Presbyterian Church. We are studying Proverbs,  and this week we focused on Proverbs 1-9. My group is very insightful,  and Kirk Hall is unbelievable in leading us through this very deep book.  We “unpack” the material. I laugh because Kirk repeatedly tells us that we are going to have to unpack a passage, a  phrase or a word. My generation, and oh how I hate to  say my generation, does not use that term “unpack.” It always strikes me as funny. When I unpack, I take how what I used, and note what I have taken unnecessarily,  hoping to learn from my mistakes … I wonder what Kirk means when he says “unpack.”
This was my favorite passage from Proverbs 3 that we unpacked today.
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.

Now that I have finished my walk … and announced it to the world by striking the gong …

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I returned to Charlotte, did some shopping and then went home for a long nap with my two puppies and one cat.

2013 Festival of Legal Learning, Recent Developments in Internet Law:  There’s a lot to watch out for …

Recent Developments in Internet Law

David W. Sar, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard; and Marcus W. Trathen, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard

The law struggles to keep pace with developments in internet technology and online business models. This session will review the most significant recent developments in internet law, including online video, privacy, data security, trademarks, copyrights and cyberliability. the session is relevant to both litigators and transactional lawyers.

via Festival of Legal Learning.

Jane Austen, quotes, juvenilia — Jack and Alice.

In spite of the wine she had been drinking, poor Alice was uncommonly out of spirits; she could think of nothing but Charles Adams, she could talk of nothing but him, & in short spoke so openly that Lady Williams soon discovered the unreturned affection she bore him, which excited her Pity & Compassion so strongly that she addressed her in the following Manner.

via Jane Austen’s Writings — Jack and Alice.

Twitter, favorites:

The White House (@whitehouse)

2/18/13, 6:30 PM

In honor of his birthday, see George Washington like never before with the @googleart project:

A New Way to Tour the White House – YouTube.

Maria Popova (@brainpicker)

2/18/13, 6:40 PM

For President’s Day, a brief animated history of how the American Presidency was invented

via Inventing the American presidency – Kenneth C. Davis – YouTube.

Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost)

2/18/13, 5:50 PM

Jon Stewart calls out CNN‘s coverage of the Carnival Triumph

“CNN has been on the case, for some reason giving this boat crisis wall-to-shit-covered-wall coverage,” Stewart opined, before rolling a clip of a CNN anchor showing a young girl on the ship waving to her mother via the TV cameras.

“You’re not heroes, guys,” Stewart said, referring to CNN. “It’s not a hostage situation or a baby in a well. You reconnected them? They weren’t supposed to see each other. They were on a cruise for a few days.”

via Jon Stewart Calls Out CNN’s Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship Coverage: ‘You’re Not Heroes’ (VIDEO).

USA TODAY College (@USATODAYcollege)

2/18/13, 5:56 PM

5 ‘feminist’ colleges and what it’s like to attend them –

“We all come to MHC learning [that] our job as MHC students is to make history in our field and eventually become influential women,” Libby, a junior at Mount Holyoke, says.

From a women’s leadership center to their feminist a cappella group Nice Shoes — whose repertoire includes female empowerment songs — MHC graduates strong, activist women.

“After going to [an all-girls high school] I needed a feminist institution. I needed a college that supported women and their power,” Libby says.

via What it’s like to attend one of 5 “feminist” colleges | USA TODAY College.

Cali Lewis (@CaliLewis)

2/18/13, 5:58 PM

How to backup your data from the cloud with Google Takeout –

Travel + Leisure (@TravlandLeisure)

2/18/13, 6:00 PM

The top travel sites and apps: @Pintrips, @SeatGuru, @TingoTeam, @BackBid and more from @orwoll on @todayshow. Watch:

RunwayForTheBallet (@RunwayBallet)

2/18/13, 5:31 PM

Here is it is peeps…the ONLY chance you have to win FREE VIP tix for #runwayfortheballet w/ @CharlotteMag. Enter now!…

Join them for an exciting blend of fashion and dance benefitting NC Dance Theatre. Mingle and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Luce and libations while experiencing a runway show featuring the hottest looks from Macy’s.

via Runway for the Ballet Contest – Charlotte, NC.

Jeff Elder (@JeffElder)

2/18/13, 6:11 PM

“It was like God was on the radio.” – My mom on growing up with FDR president.

Laurel Ann Nattress (@Austenprose)

2/18/13, 6:13 PM

Was ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Inspired by Jane Austen’s First Love? – Speakeasy – WSJ (This is news?) #Pandp200…

Laurel Ann Nattress (@Austenprose)

2/18/13, 6:14 PM

‘The Real Jane Austen,’ by Paula Byrne – #JaneAusten…

Maria Popova (@brainpicker)

2/18/13, 6:20 PM

This is lovely: @debbiemillman interprets the Second Amendment in a new series of posters against gun violence

The Gun Show | An Eye For An Eye by Laura Worrick.

Laurel Ann Nattress (@Austenprose)

2/18/13, 6:28 PM

Enter 2 win a copy of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. Ends Feb 21. #JaneAusten #PandP200 #giveaways…

Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday)

2/16/13, 2:38 PM

Kramer invents a reverse SodaStream to take carbonation out of fizzy drinks. J: “Just leave the bottle open!” K:”You don’t get it, Jerry!”

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