Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I love Thanksgiving. This year we hosted, having nine people over for dinner. Three of the attendees were one year old. And I like to think they had a great time. This face on little Zoom says it all for me. "I'm thankful for this moment, this amazing food, all these people around me who love me more than I can imagine."

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Wishing you and yours much love and happiness as we enter the Christmas Season!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We are Called to be Fearless People

Called to be fearless

On the drive home once, from The Sea Ranch, I stopped at one of my favorite places on Earth. It's on Meyer's Grade, a tiny road up way above the Pacific Ocean, just a tad inland from Highway 1. If you look South from this spot, you can see the coast and the land, mingling and crashing together. Rocks and water, dancing. There's often no one else ever up there, so it's like the whole world is your own.

This time, it was summer and it was twilight. Instead of looking South that night, I looked North, to an old oak towering limbs, and the tree's amazing darkened silhouette against the summer night sky. Nature was putting on another show, this tree was reminding me there was beauty in every piece of creation. Sure, the showy coast was the usual attention grabber, but here, this night, without a word or a sound, a tree stole the spotlight. A simple reminder that each of us just needs to be ourselves, in our own beauty, in our own way, and at our own time.

"We are called to be fearless people in a fearful world." - Henry Nouwen

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We Make a Life by What We Give


A little while ago, Zoom and I were on a walk out by the lagoon. There was a park bench there, and a quote was on a little sign on the bench. It's simple, but I loved the message. It's not attributed to anyone, just left for the world to ponder as they look out on the lagoon.

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.

If you'd like to download it for your own personal use, here's the link.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Fun: Skyscrapers, Palm Islands, World Change

This week I came across a handful of things that really captured my interest, about how we have impacted our planet and here they are:

Skyscraper Page - this is a full website dedicated to showcasing the skyscrapers of the world. You can dig deeper and look at comparison charts of the largest, the ones in your city, really any statistic! I love seeing the comparisons - for fun, here are five of the proposed skyscrapers, from the Skyscraper Page.

Palm Islands and "The World"Islands - Have you seen these? They are man made islands (archipelagos actually) in Dubai, and they seem like they are straight out of a terra-forming exercise in the game Civilization. Here is both the Palm Islands and The World, both were formed to look like their name. This first photo is from NASA:

Can you see the continents of the globe?  (photo from NASA) This set of islands is sinking, and while they were originally meant to be privately owned and funded, only 1 has development on it to date. Check out this article.

NASA's World of Change page. This page shows some of the environmental impacts that humanity has had on the globe. There is more detail about the building of the Palm Islands, as well. It's very interesting to see the impact on Storms, Seasons, Shrinking Seas, Water Levels, Sea Ice, and Burn Patterns.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Lord, take me where You want me to go," a quote from Father Mycal Judge


At our last retreat, Father Evan came in to speak to us and shared a quote by Father Mycal Judge:
Lord, take me where You want me to go,
let me meet who You want me to meet,
tell me what You want me to say,
and help keep me out of Your way.

Mycal Judge was a priest in New York City, and a chaplain for the New York Fire Department. He is known as the "Saint of 9/11;" he stayed with his battalion of fire fighters at the World Trade Center, and prayed with them just before the North Tower collapsed, which also took his life. His last public word were in response to Mayor Rudy Guliani's calling out, "Father Mike, pray for us!" to which Father Mycal replied, "I always do! I always pray for you!"

If you want to read more about Father Mycal Judge, please see this blog. I offer my simple photo and his quote as an inspiring reminder of one man's work. Sometimes to do the work we were placed on Earth to do, we just need to be mindfully present of God's presence in our life, welcoming His spirit, and instead of looking to do our own will, looking to do God's will. It's a delicate dance, and one that takes daily practice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Digital Daughter Returns Home: Published in Yale Reflections Magazine

Oh my. I got the happiest, loveliest call from my good friend Kathleen of "Joy
in the Chaos"
yesterday. She was calling to say that she'd gotten the latest copy of Yale
Divinity School's "Reflections" magazine
and had just read my article. We laughed, talked about Halloween, and laughed some more. Kathy and I were room mates at Yale, living in the servant's quarters of a big old house in New Haven. It was cold in the winter, too hot in the summer, and on one fateful Halloween the boiler blew up and flooded the basement. But, I digress.

It's with much excitement that I announce that my article is included in the latest edition of "Reflections," which is titled "iBelieve: Facing the New Media Explosion." I wrote editor Ray Waddle a quick email a few months ago asking if I might provide a little piece on my experience, with digital advertising, retreat work, with my thoughts on being a "Digital Daughter." Eventually, we got to about a 1400 word piece (up from what started as about 500), and wow! I got to tell a little of my own story about San Damiano.

You can see the list of other pieces here at the Reflections page. It will be available in a digital format soon, the irony being they needed each of us to sign a waiver to offer our articles online.