Monthly Archives: December 2014

Winter meditations.

This quiet time before the year turns is one of the best times of the year, time for introspection.
Winter meditations

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Christmas Eve

Christmas eve morn

Christmas Eve

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Walking

Walking

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winter sky

winter sky

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Modern mantras

We have Good Friday and Maundy Thursday; we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Unlike Good Friday and Maundy Thursday, however (though like “fiscal cliff”) these terms are repeated and reported by the most serious of journalists. Like all mantras of ritual, they work on us from the inside. They are an economic event by which we measure a certain kind of cultural health. -from “on Being” by Krista Tippett

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If you look carefully you can see the faint tire tracks left by my brother James as he drove off into the sunrise from my home. He gave me a gift beyond measure this weekend

Tire tracks

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My sisters gave me a night in an AMC Hut with them next year!!

Dot Lafayette

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My birthday surprise…. my brother flew from New Hampshire and surprised me

Brother surprise

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But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.

If I had been downright honest with myself,” Ishmael admits, “I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea. But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I said nothing, and tried to think nothing. —From Moby Dick

 

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Our Christmas tree is crooked because our floor is crooked

Crooked Christmas tree

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I’m pretty sure this is a red Oak

it’s the last to hang on if anyone knows for sure let me know

Red Oak

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Group of teenagers checking their cell phones while sitting next to Rembrandt’s “Night Watch”

A few weeks ago, I was at a spiritual retreat.  We viewed the sunrise on a mountainside cliff.  There were many young people there photographing this on cell phones. The parallel for me is that the art, or beauty, or nature  becomes compressed into an electronic capsule. But in a way just by posting this, I am doing the same.Sigh

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Working on Christmas. Teaching Gothic cathedrals always get me in the mood.

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