Posts Tagged ‘Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC


4.4.20 … “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (39/40), 2020 Lenten Lists, Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC:

I headed out to run errands … actually in search of TP … so I thought … McCrorey Y, no … Myers Park Baptist, no … Avondale, no … Sardis, no … Wedgewood … Yes!

I’ve been indecisive today. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve had what John’s family calls a “personal day.” I have been sleeping under a weighted blanket, and that weighted blanket can lure me back in very easily. And before I knew it it was late morning. So I have just frittered my day away …

And now in the age of quarantine, I ventured out to find a labyrinth, to run a quick errand in a store, and then to go home and make a supper I enjoy, shrimp in marinara sauce with zucchini noodles.

So here I was … crunch, crunch, crunch … lots of birds chirping and people out walking on this late Saturday afternoon at 4:45 PM. I also heard the sounds of yard crews working nearby. This church sits on the corner of a very busy street, Tyvola, and rarely is there no traffic. But today because of the quarantine, there were moments of no traffic, no car noises … very quiet.

The labyrinth was almost fully in the shadows of the adjacent trees today.

As I already mentioned, this is the crunch, crunch, crunch labyrinth. I often walk on the barriers like they are balance beams. But today, I was trying to rush, and I realized that I don’t need a fall given the status of my arm, and I can’t rush in the pebble paths. So I was forced to walk slowly and intentionally, very deliberate with where I placed my feet. Maybe that made me enjoy my walk more.

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.” – A. A. Milne

And yes, my friends have crowned me the Queen of TP. I am honored.


Today’s list –

Why is Lent 40 days?

1. Moses fasted and prayed for 40 days. During this time God gave him the code of law known as the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34:27- 28

2. Elijah fled for his life through the wilderness, fasting 40 days and nights until he came to Mt Horeb. There God appeared and instructed him on how to overcome his enemies. 1 Kings 19:1-18.

3. After baptism, Jesus with Drew to the desert to fast and pray for 40 days before beginning his public ministry. Matthew 4:1-2; Luke 4:1-2


3.28.20 … “Be alert as you watch a dog at play or at rest. Let the animal teach you to feel at home in the now, to celebrate life by being completely present. You just watch the tail … with some dogs you just look at them – just a little look is enough – and their tail goes …’Life is good! Life is good!’ And they are not telling themselves a story of why life is good. It’s a direct realization.” ~Eckhart Tolle

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (33/40), 2020 Lenten Lists, Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC:

So I still feel like I’m doing something wrong when I go out and walk a labyrinth. Today I decided to head over to Wedgewood Church, and as I pulled up, another car pulled up. It was the couple’s first time walking, and I told them that I would wait for them to walk and that it took 20 or so minutes. The couple was very very gracious and told me about the new chime garden. I’ve never walked around the church, so I decided I would spend my time walking around the church and seeing the chime garden.

As soon as I walked to the back, I heard the chimes. But before I walked toward the singing chimes, I noticed the peace pole, the little birdbath, st. Francis and the flamingo walking path stone.

This is the crunch crunch crunch labyrinth, and I laughed as I walked down the path to the new chime garden because they have used all white pebbles to make the path, so it was also a crunch crunch crunch garden.

The chime tower was gorgeous, very similar to the one at Avondale. And today the chimes were ringing wildly…

This was a beautifully done garden. Can’t quite figure out the totem pole, but it is a nice feature. I’m not sure what’s going in the covered shed area. There were also two wind sculptures and a single bell for ringing. There was wisteria hanging around which makes for a very beautiful spring garden and the azaleas were a nice bonus. I read recently that wisteria has a beautiful smell, so I had to smell it. And then I picked some. I carried my wisteria in my hand and I kept smelling it.

And then I returned to the labyrinth. The couple was still there; they had finished their walk and I told him about other labyrinths in Charlotte. They were looking for something to do during the quarantine.. It is a nice thing to do.

We talked about the chime garden, wisteria and labyrinths. The woman who walked before me said it smelled like lavender. I’m trying to decide if I think it smells like lavender. I’m not a big smell person, but it did have a pleasant smell.

I tried to explain in very general terms the history and use of the labyrinth. I really am going to have to write out my three minute elevator speech and memorize it. Because I always forget things like what are the three Rs of walking …

It was really hot today, and I have not adjusted to changing my wardrobe in March. But it was 88° here today. The record was 90° in 1907. So a long sleeve T-shirt and a black vest was totally inappropriate…

Walking in versus walking out… Almost always it seems to take longer to walk out, and it’s the exact same path that I am returning on. Maybe because I am waiting for an epiphany of some sort. I never know … but it’s a wrinkle in time for me.

And here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this week:

Prayer for those who are alone

God, we pray for those who have touched

computer keys or phone touchscreen

(or both) thousands of times,

since they last touched human skin —

for both extroverts, who are fatigued,

unable to generate any energy,

and introverts, charged up

with nowhere to share renewed compassion.

We pray for those who decided to skip deodorant,

and now have not washed their hair

for days and days and days,

and for people who never, ever thought

they would not be satisfied with dog’s devotion

or the sufferance of the cat.

We pray for those who have signed up

for free courses,

My Fitness routines,

binged some fabulous new shows,

play online scrabble with friends,

and who know that a single phone call

can be an offertory-worthy gift,

and those who feel like they don’t care.

We pray for those with newly cleaned closets,

and those with dirty underwear

underfoot … everywhere

because no one is going to see it.

We know you are with everyone who is alone,

and pray they feel it at least once a day,

and we pray for the ones

whom lonely is damaging —

that they may have

human attention, maybe ours. amen

Source: Prayer for those who are alone | Gifts in Open Hands,

“Be alert as you watch a dog at play or at rest. Let the animal teach you to feel at home in the now, to celebrate life by being completely present. You just watch the tail … with some dogs you just look at them – just a little look is enough – and their tail goes …’Life is good! Life is good!’ And they are not telling themselves a story of why life is good. It’s a direct realization.”

~Eckhart Tolle


Today’s list_

3 Rs of labyrinth walking: Releasing, Receiving and Returning/or Reflection.

1. Before you walk, pause and take a few moments to quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the walking pace your body wants to go. Do what feels natural.

2. Releasing- As you enter the labyrinth, you follow the path to the center and try to develop a relaxed, calm state that releases concerns and quiets the mind. This is the time to open the heart and quiet the mind.

3. Receiving- Upon reaching the center of the labyrinth, on this labyrinth it is called the center rose. The rose symbolizes beauty, love and enlightenment. Each petal symbolizes the aspects of creation; mineral, vegetable, animal, human, the spirit world and the mystery of the unknown. The center of the rose is place of rest. This is a place for meditation and or prayer. This is a time of openness and peacefulness; you experience or receive what the moment offers you. Stay here as long as you feel the need.

4. Returning/Reflection- You choose when to leave the center, following the same path. This is a time to review and consider the healing forces at work and how they may apply to your life.


3.9.20 … “There are places I’ll remember All my life, though some have changed Some forever, not for better Some have gone, and some remain “

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (14/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, 2020 Lenten Lists, Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC, Daylight Savings Time:

I tried to walk a lovely private labyrinth here in Charlotte today, but the owner said the paths were not delineated. I will try her later in the year because her labyrinths, she has 2, are favorites of mine.

I made the decision to walk Wedgwood. It is a crunch, crunch, crunch labyrinth. As I approached, I was again taken aback by the huge electrical lines that run nearby and actually sit in someone’s front yard. It’s very bizarre.

But on the church lawn are several lovely old oak trees and a forsythia bush.

As soon as I had made up my mind to take the crunch, crunch, crunch in stride, I started my walk.

If you didn’t know it, daylight saving time started yesterday. I get the extra hour in the evening. I feel like the day lasts forever. Last night was also one of those days it appeared to go on forever. So finally at midnight I took something to help me sleep. I woke up at 8 AM… An hour and a half later than my usual wake up time. And I have worked all day today, diligently, in major downsizing mode. I have 10 boxes out on the street and six bags for bulky item pick up, a real taxpayer privilege here in Charlotte. Tomorrow I will go to a self service recycling site because my bin is full and I don’t get recycling pick up til next week.

It was a little after six tonight when I walked. Charlotte was still in major afternoon traffic mode at 6. And this labyrinth sits on the corner of Tyvola and Wedgewood. It was a very busy place.

This is another large scale Chartres labyrinth,and so between having to be very careful with my foot placements in the gravel and the oversize, I did not get the meditative quality that I was seeking.

Nonetheless, a labyrinth is a labyrinth, and this one has a nice feel with the sun setting on me.

At the center I repeated the 23rd Psalm, not something I think I’ve ever done…

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.


He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,


he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.


Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,[a]

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.


Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


And then I recited Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”:

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

I’m not quite sure about that one either. But that is where my mind went today.

When I finished, I walked the circumference of the labyrinth clockwise… I like the symbolism of re-entering in chronos time. And then I walked around the church. I like to know where I am.

And I’ll close with a little Beatles …

in my life

There are places I’ll remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone, and some remain

All these places had their moments

With lovers and friends, I still can recall

Some are dead, and some are living

In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers

There is no one compares with you

And these memories lose their meaning

When I think of love as something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection

For people and things that went before

I know I’ll often stop and…

Today’s list …

Public Art

1. Public Parks

2. Public sculpture

3. Graffiti

4. Architecturally significant design

5. Architectural adornment

6. Private installations publicly accessible

7. Advertisements that rise to the level of Art … neon sign for example!

8. Public performance art

9. Labyrinths



3.17.19 … ““The LORD is my shepherd, … he restores my soul. He guides me … Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; … they comfort me.”

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (12/40), Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC:

There are very few labyrinths that I feel an increase in my anxiety level as I approach. I know the reason that I feel this way about Wedgewood is because of the surface of the paths, small pebbles, and the crunching sound that reverberates in my head as I will walk. I felt extreme tension throughout my body just anticipating the crunch, crunch, crunch …

So I was pleased as I drove up and opened my car window to contemplate for a moment before getting out that I heard a wonderful chorus of birds. And for some reason I remembered that I had saved from a church’s labyrinth website a music medley for walking. I quickly searched and found it.

Take whatever pace you’d like. If you have a smart phone with you, you’re invited to listen to this medley while you walk…

Labyrinth walking medley

St. Paul’s Choir

Music credits:

* “Ave verum corpus” – William Byrd

* “Set me as a seal” – Rene Clausen

* “God be in my head” – John Rutter

* “Ave verum corpus” – W. A. Mozart

* “The Lord Is My Shepherd” from Requiem – John Rutter (Linda Gilbert, oboe)

Source: Labyrinth — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,

I started the medley and began to calm down. Still there were other noise issues … there is always heavy traffic on Tyvola, and today, there was that and a heavy smell of diesel gasoline. And then I heard a chorus of dogs barking and baying.

I approached the labyrinth and thought about the pebbles. I decided to walk on the bricks that define the boundaries. This worked fairly well. But I laughed as I watched my shadow arms flailing about to keep my balance. I felt like a kid on a balance beam for the first time. Of course I would periodically falter and fall into the noisy pebbles.

It was a slow walk into the center. As I navigated the center, the last song in the music medley played, “The Lord Is My Shepherd” from Requiem – John Rutter (Linda Gilbert, oboe) … the 23rd Psalm …

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

The music that I found lasted until I reached the center, so I walked out on the path with all its crunching sounds.

I can’t hear my self think… Did anyone ever say that to you? My grandmother used to say that when all the grandchildren were in the house. I realize that I think it frequently, but I do not know if I actually said that to my children. I will have to ask them.

As I exited the labyrinth, I realized that today is a gorgeous day and the sun is strong and brilliant. (And I was wearing my green garden clogs all day, so please don’t pinch me! )

Happy Paddy’s Day!


Today’s Lenten List:

Music for Walking Labyrinths

1. Labyrinth walking medley, St. Paul’s Choir,

2. On The Path, Music for Walking the Labyrinth – Timeless Productions,

3. Music To Walk The Labyrinth,

4. Music for a Labyrinth Walk by Australian composer Corrina Bonshek | Corrina Bonshek,

5. Veriditas:


7.14.18 … “Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.” Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks, 

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC:

I needed to vent…so instead I walked.

RELEASE…Crows cawing, crunch, crunch, crunch… traffic

RECEIVE … more crows, add cicadas, more traffic

RETURN … and integrate … still agitated.

Well, I tried.

So here is my quote for today:

“Religion, at the mature level, used meditation, contemplation, and silence, recognizing we have to clear away the normal dualistic mind (either/or, black/white) which is not adequate to the mystery.”

Source: Richard Rohr: Becoming Stillness – Stillness Speaks,

Tony Snow, #itsagreatdaytobeawildcat: Tony Snow was a Davidson grad. At our 25th reunion in 2007, Tony spoke at the all alum event. He was able to come because he was on leave (and at this point, he thought he had beat the cancer and was returning to the White House shortly.) We stayed at the Guest House with our kids, and he did also. He was so engaging and seemed genuinely interested in every one he met.

Dana Perino posted this in connection with the 10th anniversary of Tony”s death. It’s worth your time. Source: Dana Perino: Ten years after Tony Snow died much too young, I remember the important things he taught me | Fox News,

And another book recommendation, but I am not sure who recommended it: Susan Rivers’ “The Second Mrs. Hockaday.”

And anyone seen a great movie? I’m still loving my MoviePass, but am wary of surge pricing. MoviePass isn’t paying more.



2.21.18 … Be still and namaste!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (8/40), Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC:

I always wonder about the orientation of a labyrinth. Is there any right way? This one is not oriented in the same direction as the church, nor is it oriented logically to enter from the parking lot or the street. So I checked with the compass and it is oriented to east/west, facing east as I enter.

Wedgewood Church is the church that has rainbow doors that face onto Tyvola Road. They were recently defaced and there was a call to the community to repaint them. They have been repainted.


One of Charlotte’s best-known gay-friendly churches was vandalized, just hours after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted during an occasionally raucous meeting to take a stand for LGBTQ students.

The phrase “F— are Pedofhiles” was spray-painted across the front doors of Wedgewood Church off Tyvola Road, with “pedophiles” misspelled. It happened either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, officials said.

[End Quote]

SOURCE: Gay-friendly NC church vandalized for the seventh time | Charlotte Observer,

As many of you know, this labyrinth is not one of my favorites because of the surface of the path, small pebbles. Because of this surface, it is awkward to walk and very noisy in your head. But any walk is s good walk.

It is 78° and mostly sunny. Actually, it’s downright hot. I have a sweater on and I am extremely toasty.

For multiple reasons, I feel agitated today. And so it is a good for me to turn to my favorite verse: Psalm 46. And as it was listed in North Avenue’s’s Lenten readings on Monday. I just tucked it away in my notes so that I could come back to it whenever I felt the need. Today is the day.

Come, behold the works of the Lord;

see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;

he burns the shields with fire.

‘Be still, and know that I am God!

I am exalted among the nations,

I am exalted in the earth.’

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge.


Because the paths are so noisy, I find myself walking on the brick boundary markers. I feel like a little kid when I walk here.

So what did I see, hear and feel today? I heard a friendly hello from a woman who said she was working on the doors and painting the orange part again. I also heard lots of traffic on Tyvola Road, and airplanes overhead, and of course, the sound of my feet walking in the pebbles.

Be still and namaste!




3.10.16 … Muslims are our brothers and sisters … finally, … express your gratitude …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2016 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (Walk 26 & 27/40), Wedgewood Church – Charlotte NC , Almetto Howie Alexander labyrinth – McCrorey YMCA/Charlotte NC:

I love Church marquees … Wedgewood’s today, “Muslims are our brothers and sisters” and it’s rainbow flag remind me to look around and notice my neighbors and to recognize them for their uniqueness.

Funny, I’m very concerned about my basset Lisa since her lifelong partner died. i realize it is a shortcoming that i see hurt in a family pet and im willing to change my daily routine for her than i see it in others and am willing to make such changes … I keep her close.

I then follow my first walk with a second walk at the Almetto Howie Alexander labyrinth – McCrorey YMCA/Charlotte NC which is Afrocentric themed. Again I am called to notice my neighbors for their uniqueness.

And John went with me … and sat and watched …

and I saw this today: I enjoyed walking this labyrinth at 4th Pres. Chicago. I love seeing the young dancers dance on it.

The Chicago Lights Dance Academy supports learning and creative self-expression through dance instruction for students who attend under-resourced, and often under-performing, schools in Chicago.

Chicago Lights Dance Company

And finally, as the sign at the McCrorey Y recommends to close your walk …

finally, … express your gratitude …


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May 2020