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Sunday's Thought

From Rilke's Book of Hours, shared with you after hearing it read on the radio this morning...

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?


A Couple of Good Obituaries


I realize I might as well still be in Italy for all you have heard from me since I returned. I'm sorry. It's not personal. Rather, I have a house full of family and friends and it's been a tad crazy since I returned. Although I did sit down long enough to write two good obituaries this week, which sounds odd, but they were both about people who were well loved and lived productive lives in spite of hardships. 

Sunday's Thought

From E.B. White:

"I belong to a small, unconventional school that believes that no rat poison is the correct amount to spread in the kitchen where children and puppies can get at it. I believe that no chemical waste is the correct amount to discharge into the fresh rivers of the world, and I believe that if there is a way to trap the fumes from factory chimneys, it should be against the law to set these deadly fumes adrift where they can mingle with fog…"


 My favorite Italian scene took place at a public pool in Florence (it was 99 degrees and we decided to go were the locals do to beat the heat). It was crowded with young people mostly, and a few tourists, actually, maybe two tourists-us- .

Sunday's Thought

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." - Fred (Mr.) Rogers


Bingo is Not Her Game-O

Yesterday I did my weekly cruise ship book talk. Afterwards, while I was signing copies of Find The Good (Holland America Line buys my books from The Babbling Book store on Main St., and re-sells them on the ship, something we worked out before I agreed to go onboard.) Anyway, a woman came up to me and said she appreciated my reading and point of view, and then she teared up, and shared how her mother had died young, 46 or 47 she said,  and that it took years for her to grieve.

Sunday's Thought

" 'I'll pray for you', one person says to another as they part. I will join myself to you when I sit in the presence of God. I will intend your good in the stillness of my soul. I will long for your joy as I long for my own."- Bishop Edmond Lee Browning on prayer for others.

Anger is Poison

So, I want to do better spiritually. I want to be more mindful, and live in the present, rather than be blown every which way by ill winds and worries about disasters in national, state, and local news, which all have me a little edgy,  and to be honest, a tad frazzled over the state of affairs. I don't know how to remedy that and still stay engaged, to not give up and move to Canada, but rather stay put and fight the good fight.

(Okay, I'm angry, and being mad is so time consuming.) 



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