Thursday, July 30, 2009
July 22, 10:47 a.m. - The caller reported someone was trying to sell him a bottle of "awesome"....
Did I mention we've been experiencing triple digit temps this week? Perhaps that would explain this odd incident. I keep thinking about what I would say to someone if they knocked on my door in an attempt to sell me bottled awesomeness but I can't think of a good response - except for shutting the door. And since I finally hung St. Benedict's "All are to be welcomed as Christ" plaque on my front porch it just wouldn't be right to close the door on all that potential awesomeness, now would it?
photo: I googled "bottle of awesome" and discovered a comic created by Andy Belanger (Andy B.) which is about an unpopular 9th grade boy who finds the bottle of awesome and upon drinking it becomes - AWESOME....
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
provides experiences and therefore knowledge
that we could not possibly achieve in any other way,
and aligns us with a life path that is, ultimately,
of benefit to ourselves and those around us.
-- Deena Metzger
But it can also fit the image of illness - dry, barren, rough, colorless, cruel -
and the pink bloom is that fragile hope - that possibility of new life -
that healing we so long for.
May all who suffer in mind, spirit, and body this day
experience a sense of respite through the gifts of God's beauty & grace.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present."
~ Rabindranath Tagore
(but watch that first step)
door from here
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- B. H. Gunaratana
photo courtesy of Ayo Ijidakinro
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
You don't own your children, nor are you a possession of your parents.
You're not obliged to fulfill the wishes or a destiny dictated by kin.
It's important to consciously know that you're here to create your music,
and that you don't have to die with your music still in you.
Granted, this can trigger some family drama,
but then again, that might just be your excuse
for not following your own path.
It's been my experience that I earn far more respect than reproach
from my family whenever I encourage myself to live the life I want."
Wayne Dyer, "Excuses Begone!" p.39
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"Just a Housewife"
by Cordelia Baker-Pearce
I packed five cakes of bread and two small fishes,
Came back alone he did, all goggle-eyed.
It fed five thousand people.What a tale!
She baked holy bread for holy people
Relationships work best
In an attempt to keep this post "balanced", i looked for, but could not find, the female equivalent of this heart :(
Monday, July 20, 2009
do you realize that you are all of these?
image of God
a litany of the person - anonymous trappist monk
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
There is something disorienting about instant access to someone's life story without any time to process their death. I guess the news business has to keep our attention - after all, some other famous person might die tomorrow and we'll have to be ready to watch their life story flash before us. But what effect does this have on our ability to grieve for others and for ourselves?
(the photo is of Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK- a vivid memory for someone from my generation)
"and that's the way it is" is how he signed off every night
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
the dancer sitting on the floor,
enjoying her coffee is saying
to her partner up on the wall?
"Perhaps your next cup should be decaf?"
"Fun During Coffee Break" 1932
by Martin Munkacsi,
(American, born Hungary, 1896–1963)
photo from this exhibition
Sunday, July 12, 2009
the cheapest room
in the house.
I would like
to see you living
in better conditions."
Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi
This gem arrived in my mailbox this morning from www.gratefulness.org. It's one of those quotes that pumps new air into well-worn and almost deflated concepts by giving us vivid word pictures to play with. I for one am not interested in staying in the dormitory. I gotta have that air conditioning!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
O gracious and Holy Father,
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We visited the high school, the sheriff's department, the hospital to see Dr. Cullen's parking space and the house where Bella Swan lived. I heard that Forks averages about 90 Twilight Tourists per day but i think i counted that many just in the Dazzled by Twilight store. This is the best thing to happen to Forks in years.
What is it about this series of books that is bringing people here from around the world?
I love this photo that Nicolette took from the car window as we left Forks. It looks very Twilighty to me...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I came across this delightful artist - Joyce Geleynse...visit her blog. Her artwork is for sale here in cards/posters, etc.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
"While traveling separately through the countryside late one afternoon, a Hindu, a Rabbi, and a Critic were caught in the same area by a terrific thunderstorm. They sought shelter at a nearby farmhouse.
"That storm will be raging for hours," the farmer told them. "You'd better stay here for the night. The problem is, there's only room enough for two of you. One of you'll have to sleep in the barn."
"I'll be the one," said the Hindu. "A little hardship is nothing to me." He went out to the barn.
A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the Hindu. "I'm sorry," he told the others, "but there is a cow in the barn. According to my religion, cows are sacred and one must not intrude into their space."
"Don't worry, said the Rabbi, "Make yourself comfortable here. I'll go to sleep in the barn." He went out to the barn.
A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the Rabbi.
"I hate to be a bother," he said, "but there is a pig in the barn. In my religion, pigs are considered unclean. I would not feel comfortable sharing my sleeping quarters with a pig."
"Oh, all right," said the Critic, "I'll go sleep in the barn." He went out to the barn.
A few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. It was the cow and the pig."
From The Tao of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff, Penguin Books
photo from here
Saturday, July 4, 2009
that celebrates its independence every July 4,
not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers
who file by the White House
in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics
where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad gets iffy,
and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten,
but it is patriotism."
(i so miss her wit)
Friday, July 3, 2009
I cannot imagine what she is feeling tonight. Maybe it's best described
by a photo like this one - in which one's chair has been suddenly
and unexpectedly moved away from the rest.
Lord, we feel limited and inadequate in the face of suffering.
We ask that you would shelter your daughter Jill under the shadow of Your wings
and create within her this night a sacred space -
a place where she would know how much she is loved by You
and all who lift her up in the saying of this prayer. Amen
photo from here
to read J. O'Donohue's magnificent poem "For a Friend on the Arrival of Illness" click here - make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page to find it.