All you hold on to

Nothing is more clear, when changing one’s life, or when PACKING TO MOVE, than the fact that all one holds on to may be a blessing or a curse!

My life the next 2-3 weeks looks like packing, classwork, packing,  job  interviews, packing, moving … packing …. so please forgive me if I’m Gone Fishin’ more than I ought to be. I only hope I can keep track of my computer in the chaos.

In the mean time, some very wise words from The Call!

 

 

 

Be well. 

Remembrance

Image: memorial candle being lit.

Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This year, it feels especially important to remember. To acknowledge.

It was once easy to tell myself

It can never happen again.

It could never happen here.

 

But that isn’t true. Each day we have to remember, and decide, not to be the worst that previous generations have been.

Because we aren’t as different from them as we’d like to think we are.

But with work, and courage, we can choose differently than they did, if faced with those same, horrible choices.

So today I pray that if the time ever comes, I will not have been lulled, or frightened, into being part of an atrocity that I never could have imagined.

Did you ever read your history lesson and think “If I had been there, I’d have been different! I’d have done better…” ?

Let us guard that courage and defiance.

Hoping we never need it, but ready to stand in it if we must.

Because we’re here now, and what we do now is what we would have done, how we would have been.

 

 

Be well. 

Earth Day 2017

 

HAPPY           

 

         EARTH 

 

DAY!!!               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all who

marched,

taught,

cooperated,

and connected today,

in support of this beautiful creation that supports us ALL.

Thank you to those who work every day – in big ways, and small – to preserve and increase the ability of our Earth to support our lives, health, and futures.

 

 

Be well. 

Adventures RESUMED.

Image: cobblestone path

They’re back!

Remember the Adventures in Optimism?

It was just shy of a year ago that I first heard the words ‘We are going to sell the house.’ in reference to the house I’m living in, and the Adventures began.

Fairly successful considering the conditions, but by no means an unqualified success.

And yet, here I am again, adventuring to the most optimistic of my ability! Not quite so northerly this time.

I find myself in the lovely Pacific North West state of Oregon. Once again staying in a house that is not my own, once again assessing the fiscal, cultural, and psychological possibility of living in this land more permanently.

There are distinct differences this time:

  • I am not in a hotel, and rather than being noisy, my temporary abode is deliciously quiet.
  • I don’t have a nice, secure, long-term job to light the eyes and tempt the hearts of potential landlords and mortgage officers.
  • I do have a good possibility of renting this particular quiet abode, however!
  • And I’ve had a year more of learning to trust, of preparation, of experience.

And of course there are some similarities too – grey skies, rain, gorgeous surroundings, and so far, pleasant, courteous people! 😀

So, what will it be?  Trust or fear? Life abundantly or LifeWreck 2?

I’m certain it will be trust AND fear, but I’m praying, and striving, to have the TRUST win out by a large margin.

And I’m TRUSTING that it will be life ABUNDANTLY, not another LifeWreck. That’s difficult, and of course it’s where most of the fear comes from, but it’s something I can do.

I’ve learned, and I’ve gotten more healthy, and I’m in a different place than I was at that last, ill-fated, move.

 

We shall see. Let the Adventures … resume!

 

 

Be well. 

A few of my favourite things: Be you

Happy Monday!!  (and happy Easter Monday too!)

I hope that your Easter was blessed, your Holy week memorable, and your Lent transformative. My Easter this year had the remarkable distinction of being peaceful, and that was a huge blessing.

It is such a retreat feeling that I’ve been just savouring blessings – recent and past. Another of those was a most splendid card my Dad sent for my birthday this year:

Be strong. Be proud. Be what you love. Be your passions. Be your beliefs. But most of all … be you. And this will be an amazing year.

 

I gotta tell ya, considering the past couple years (not my most shining) and the degree to which I’m being what I love  just now (terrifying), this was perhaps the most gratifying gift anyone has ever given me.

It meant the world to me.

 

So I want to encourage you in the same measure I’ve been encouraged:

Be strong.

Be proud.

Be what you love.

Be your passions.

Be your beliefs.

But most of all … be you.

And this will be an amazing year.

 

Be well.

 

Happy Easter. (And Orthodox Easter!)

 

Peace be with you.

He is risen! 

Holy Saturday (Saturday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Saturday!

May your day be blessed.

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

Good Friday (Friday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Friday!

I admit I’m always a little ambivalent about ‘celebrating’ these  harsher, grimmer ‘holidays’. But one can’t argue the importance of this day in history.

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

Maundy Thursday (Thursday of Holy Week 2017)

Happy Thursday!

May your day be blessed!

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well. 

 

 

Wednesday of Holy Week

Happy Wednesday!!

May your day be blessed!

If you are interested in the Holy Week readings, complete with art and prayers, please find them here.

Enjoy.

Be blessed, be well.