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For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt;                      I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.            Is there no balm in Gilead?                            —Jeremiah 8.21-22So much vanishes. A glacier, a species, a friend.A tattered shirt on a clothesline, in an erasing breeze.September 11, January 6.A hole that weighs too much,an absence that lumbers around like a… Continue reading Free List

Time

In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest,” writes Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest. Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. This consecrated time, Muller affirms, is available to all of us,… Continue reading Time

Did King Arthur Live at Raglan Castle?

King Arthur (in Welsh: Brenin Arthur) was a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of Welsh and English folklore and literary invention. The sparse historical background of Arthur is gleaned from various… Continue reading Did King Arthur Live at Raglan Castle?

I Went a Little Cuckoo Today

Day 2: Breisach, Germany Today we visited Germany's famous Black Forest. Famous for Black Forest ham, schnapps and brandies, Black Forest cake...and Cuckoo clocks. The Black Forest is associated with many well-known fairy tales Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. These tales were later written down by Jacob and Wilhelm… Continue reading I Went a Little Cuckoo Today

Condolences

Dear Friend, Maybe you calledor sent textsand I didn’t answer Perhaps you sent a cardor severaland I didn’t reply You showed upfor my parent’s memorialand I didn’t bid you hello You showed up in my lifesharing your friendship And love unconditionally This I know for sure This is true friendshipand I will treasure youall the… Continue reading Condolences

I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking

Dedicated to Maureen. I'm honoring her challenge to write about our holiday adventures and post photos. Rhine River Cruise Join me for the next eight days as my husband and I (we left the two feral cats at home) as we take a leisurely cruise down the Rhine River aboard Viking River Cruises. The Viking… Continue reading I Aways Wanted To Be A Viking