Posts Tagged ‘On Being


2.25.15 … “Spiritual life at its best is reality based.” – Krista Tippett … MERGE NICELY PLEASE …

IMG_2278 “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 7/40, Christ Church Episcopal/School Lower School Greenville SC, another #snOMG, brine trucks on the interstates, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons,  Lucas Johnson, The Movement Remembered Forward, On Being, Krista Tippett, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Thompson’s Boots and Shoes, serendipity, these boots are made for walking …, John 3:16 CLEARANCE SALE,  SketchGuru:

As a make my way north from Atlanta with a winter storm warning in effect, I must tell you of a few things that I observed.

First is the brine trucks.  This is the second time in two weeks that I have seen them.  Both times on I-85, both times blocking both lanes of traffic with a police or DOT escort.


And because I was sleepy, I decided I would stream a Krista Tippett’s most recent On Being broadcast. Good decision …


The Movement, Remembered Forward

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a grassroots leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer.

via Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

The interview is worth your time. Krista Tippett closed with this statement:

MS. TIPPETT: You know, I wish we had hours and I have pages of questions we haven’t gotten to but where we have gone is so rich. And mostly it leaves wonderful questions in the room for us to hold and live with and reflections and nuance, that’s new. I think in my work it’s become more and more important to me that spiritual life at its best is reality-based and the two of you embody it. So I want to thank you so much for being with us tonight and sharing…

via Transcript: Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

Several times in the interview, Ms.  Tippett referenced  the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.  I had never heard of it, so of course I did some digging …

Rev. Lucas Johnson was born into an army family in Germany, and grew up in coastal Georgia. He is a leader of the century-old International Fellowship of Reconciliation. Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons became a leader, while still in her teens, of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Today, she’s a professor of religious studies at Florida State University, and a student of Sufism. She was raised by her grandmother, who’d been a sharecropper and whose own mother had been a slave. I spoke with Lucas and Zoharah at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. before events in Ferguson and beyond reignited racial anguish. But the perspective they offered that night has become, if anything, more necessary.

via Transcript: Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward | On Being.

Founded in 1914, the International Fellowship of Reconciliation is an international, spiritually-based movement of people who, from the basis of a belief in the power of love and truth to create justice and restore community, commit themselves to active nonviolence as a way of life and as a means of transformation–personal, social, economic and political.

We are people from many faith traditions and many who don’t subscribe to any particular religious background or community. IFOR has members working in 40 different countries, speaking a variety of different native languages, and expressing a wide away of cultures. What unites us is our commitment to a world free of war and structural violence.

via index.

So as I continued my drive, my thoughts were focused on the interview.  And of course I got a good chuckle at the carpool line sign …



I must admit, I have begun to focus on dedications …


And now to my walk …




Messy, Cold, Damp …

Clover … I see clumps of clover and then I realize that the center rosette on this labyrinth looks like a “6”  leaf clover.


Grass has grown into the path and I find myself “straddling the path” because it is almost too narrow. So my feet are in the boundaries … I am walking on the edge.  I do this to say stay stable/balanced.


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And the center or rosette today …

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My timing is awkward because it is time for the carpool line to begin. So I have to hurry so that I do not get blocked in by the elementary school carpool moms.

The workers nearby are working very hard on what is going to be a beautiful project.

IMG_2295There is a MAJOR building project going on near the labyrinth. I wonder if the workers wonder what I am doing. I also wonder if the workers who do the work will they ever appreciate their work or get to enjoy it with their families.




And then as I continue my drive … I’m clearly taking the slow route home, which I never do. And I stopped at a discount shoe and boot store in South Carolina. And of course I yielded and bought a pair of Clark’s black dress boots that are treated with Gore-Tex. how could I pass up the “John 3:16 CLEARANCE SALE.”


You can thank me now. The Southeast will probably never have another snow or wintry mix after today. However since the storm was already on its way, I think I will get at least one wearing of my new boots.

And I must note this wonderfully wee bit of tackiness next does … nothing like a GA Tech fan who also likes plastic yard deer.  🙂


QT, Tervis Tumblers, Folds of Honor:  I am a sucker for Tervis Tumblers and I saw at one of my 3 QT stops for Diet Dr. Pepper from the fountain (79 cents), I knew I wanted one.  And when I found out they were only $9.99 supported Folds of Fields and come with $10+ in coupons … I knew I was buying one …






Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships, including over 2,000 in 2014 alone.

via Mission | Folds of Honor.

And I have a new favorite app!! SketchGuru



And dare I mention Gaffney’s iconic Peach … She’s not faring so well in her cap … IMG_2308

Davidson College Mens Basketball, A10 Conference: And a nice ending to my day: Davidson wins!! Davidson 60 – Rhode Island 59


Heavy snow began falling across the Charlotte region Wednesday evening, causing slick roads and forcing most area schools to close Thursday.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Charlotte area, and 8 to 10 inches east of Union County, before the system moves out Thursday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was among the districts to announce that classes are canceled Thursday. No makeup day will be needed for CMS students.

At 10 p.m., snow was falling heavily across the region, creating visibility problems for some drivers.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed

Doug Outlaw, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures hovered at or above freezing for longer than anticipated Wednesday night, which meant less snow stuck to roads.

via 6-8 inches of snow forecast for Charlotte | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer.






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!!



4.7.13 … “Civility allows me to have a relationship with you.”

Nora Ephron, Women In The World Summit, Tom Hanks, “Lucky Guy”:  I truly enjoyed Nora Ephron and her work.  Now I want to see her last work …

As far as the ongoing struggle of women to balance their work and their personal lives, he said that Ephron considered the notion of having it all “a sweet fantasy.”

“Nora Ephron said she did have it all — but only once she married an Italian,” Hanks quipped.

Ending his remembrances by sharing his favorite photograph of Nora — one of her with her then-young sons in front of a Christmas tree — Hanks teared up.

He closed, “There is Nora Ephron, about to get the story of her life, printed on page one.”

Earlier this week, Hanks received a standing ovation for his role as real-life tabloid journalist Mike McAlary at the April 1 opening night of “Lucky Guy.” According to the New York Post, Hanks struggled to hold back tears then as the cast paid tribute to Ephron.

“[S]elfishly, I did this [play] to hang out with Nora,” Hanks told NPR.

via Tom Hanks Gives Heartfelt Nora Ephron Tribute At Women In The World Summit.

marriage, David Blankenhorn, Jonathan Rauch, Krista Tippett, On Being: “Civility allows me to have a relationship with you.”  I am listening to this today.  It was the subject of a conversation between my husband and I today.  I really like how Krista Tippett walks you through an issue.

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The Future of Marriage with David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch | On Being.

Wyche Fowler, Jr., GA politics, Today In Georgia History, It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!:  He was my hometown congressman and a Davidsonian.

Fowler was the only white congressman in the country re-elected four times by a constituency that was 65 percent black. In 1986, Fowler beat incumbent Mack Mattingly for his U.S. Senate seat, traveling to all 159 counties. He served only one term, defeated by Republican Paul Coverdell in 1992. Four years later, President Bill Clinton appointed Fowler as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, where terrorists made three attempts on his life.

Wyche Fowler’s remarkable career on the national stage began with his first election to Congress on April 5, 1977, Today in Georgia History.

via Wyche Fowler, Jr. | Today In Georgia History.

Jeff Elder, You must have a go-to salad in your life, Food for Thought:  This just amused me.  And then I thought what is my go-to salad?

I’m just going to talk for a while because I’m older than you and your head is bedeviled with nonsense. (There will be no questions.)

There are things you need to have: A dark suit, a workout you like, a few friends who will not co-sign your bullshit. Today we’re going to talk about getting you a go-to salad.

I don’t care about a great salad bar you know about. And this has nothing to do with your recent kale epiphany. (Fascinating, by the way.)

I am talking about a collection of fresh ingredients you can get in most stores, which you will never tire of, and can eat twice a week for the rest of your life.

Stop your caterwauling! I’ll let you choose the ingredients. Think about the alternatives! Do you want to just eat junk and get cancer? Do you want to slug across the couch with a Cheetos bag wondering what to have for dinner three nights a week? … I didn’t think so.

We’re talking about building muscle memory here. Marines must be able to assemble their weapon in minutes in the dark: You must achieve that same precision with your salad. It will save your life. You must be able to fix it without thinking, in any time zone, perhaps zero gravity.

It is your go-to salad, and no one else’s. If someone else has the same go-to salad, you must make it your vendetta to hunt that person down and avenge your salad.

Here is my go-to salad. I recommend that you do not attempt to adopt it

via You must have a go-to salad in your life — Food for Thought — Medium.

Future of Food, Gates Notes, Bill Gates:  Interesting …

How food scientists are reinventing meat – and how it can benefit everyone.

via Future of Food.

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May 2020