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Personal reflections, comments about things I've been doing, etc.

October

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. For me, it is probably October.

Forty-one years ago, I was off in college and received a letter from my mother that one of my high school classmates had disappeared. I called home frantic. Over the rest of the month, I received additional letters from home; newspaper clippings of the search for Rocky, followed by the bulletin from her funeral service. They never found the murderer.

Five years ago, on Sunday, Tropical Depression Eighteen formed south of Jamaica. Over the following week it gained strength and made its way up the coast as hurricane Sandy. As I was digging out after the storm, I received a Facebook message from my sister, “Aldon call me immediately”. There had been a car accident. My mother was dead.

This morning, Facebook suggested a memory from a year ago, my blog post, Good Friday Open Heart Surgery. I spoke about the discernment retreat I was about to go on with the Commission on Ministry and my hopes and fears. A week later, my greatest fear happened.

I am still putting together the pieces from each trauma

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit - Lots of Writing

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. A new week, a new month, a new quarter, a new fiscal year for the government.
September has come and gone with lots of reading, lots of writing, but not a lot making it up as blog posts. October looks like it will be more of the same, but with a bunch of travel added on. How will all of this shape my writing going forward?

The courses I’m taking, Intro to Old Testament and News and Religion are going well. It is interesting to see how they interrelate. What was the news of the Ancient Near East? How was it reported? How does Biblical criticism relate to news criticism today?

I am still working on establishing the new normal in my schedule, trying to balance work, life, studies, and many different extracurricular activities. There is more to be written, but there is homework to be done as well.

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit - Starting Seminary Edition

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. A new month starts, and what a month. I am starting seminary and trying to fit my schedule around my new activities. I’ve shifted my start of the day from contemplative prayer to the online morning prayer at the seminary, and my evening Daily Examen to the online evening prayer. I’m still working out what I’ll be writing online and where I’ll be posting stuff. Some will be here in my blog, other writings will be in various sites related to my courses, some public, some private.

I’m looking at what my schedule is for doing class readings; there is a lot to read. For that matter, I’m still deciding if I should get physical text books, or read them online, and if I read them online, what software I should use.

But now, I need to eat breakfast, do more reading and a little social media activity. It will be interesting to see what this month brings.

Daily Examen, August 14-16, 2017

Daily Examen, Monday, August 14, 2017

A busy week begins with a blur
and offering comfort.
The day ends, not much different than it started
with a rush from one thing to the next
with the underlying reminder
God alone is enough

Daily Examen, Tuesday, August 15, 2017

As I sit in the dental chair
I think of those
who cannot afford
a visit to the dentist.
Then the day rushes forward
ending with a reminder
by three deer
looking over their shoulders
at me.

Daily Examen, Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And on the third day
of the work week
the pace does not slow down
but neither do the reminders
of God’s love
and I settle in
to read a book
give as a gift.

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Daily Examen, August 11-13, 2017

Daily Examen, August 11, 2017

There are days
when you reach major milestones
and find
how much further you need to go
and work
later into the evening
than you want to
missing other important events.

Daily Examen, August 12, 2017

Praying.
Preparing for a memorial service.
Watching the news.
Asking the Spirit to speak
to bring God’s love
in memory of a peacemaker
to a country that sorely needs it
right now.

Daily Examen, August 13, 2017

Amidst the grief and politics
the elderly still need to be visited
and prayed with,
the homeless still need to be fed
physically and spiritually.
There is more that I would have liked to do today
then I had time for.
So I end the day
both blessed
and exhausted.

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