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Every Now and Then

For my sanity, I have to get away by myself.  I need solitude in order to regain my balance.

Solitude plus nature is just about pure bliss.

So – this weekend was a treat for me.  It was needed for many reasons and it was good.  Here is where I stayed.


But now, I’m back and this week will hold many things, including my midterm in Greek.  I spent a lot of good time studying this weekend and I guess that  is what every spare minute this week will be composed of.  It seems as if every time I go back over the paradigms, there is something not quite remembered, so I repeat it again, write it out, read it out, look at it, listen to it.  I have learned a lot but there is so much more to remember perfectly.

Well, I don’t suppose I will do perfectly, but I will do my best.

Anyway, I have put a few of the pictures I took this weekend up over at Flikr if you want to check them out.  I’ll also be posting some of them this week on my Click blog.

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A bit ago the people who make these interactive maps asked if I would consider allowing them to shortlist a phot I took last summer when Leo and visited The Field Museum in Chicago.

The museum is a fascinating place holding a collection of archeological finds to  insects and natural science displays.  It holds something that will entrance people of all and almost any interest.  My photo looks down into the open main floor and entrance hall. It really requires more than a day to explore.  Only problem is sensory overload – there is so much to see.


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I’m In!

I think most of you who are around me know that I have applied for the MDiv program at North Park Theological Seminary.


The application process is way more involved than just sending in transcripts and an application.  There are several references, a couple of essays to write and then telephone interviews.  I started the process back in late November so all those things have been happening over the past couple of months.

On Monday, I had a telephone interview.

When I checked my messages last night, I had a message to call them.

This morning, I called and was congratulated on being accepted to the MDiv program.

So now it starts.  I’m going to be busy but it will be good.  Well, it is underway with my Greek class already but this is sort of official and serious…..and a bit scarey.  It will mean some hard work study wise.  Hope my brain doesn’t turn to mush!

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It’s a dog’s life


but as for me, I was in another corner of the room close to the fireplace,   dscn1903


It was a great day, in terms of getting things done.  Groceries, studying, a walk on the river (check out an ice shot on Click) and even a very short nap.  I did not make much headway on getting all the rest of my Christmas decorations down and put away.  Tomorrow.


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Week of Prayer


The week of prayer at our church has become an important marker in our church year.  We usually do this just before Advent starts although our denomination marks the month of January for this emphasis.  This year things were just too full of events, besides just getting used to functionning without a pastor, to arrange a week for it so we chose the first week in January to set up our stations of prayer.

They went up on Sunday Jan 4 and came down on the 10th.  Pictures of what we did at those stations can be seen and followed on Flikr and on Resonate Stories.

This is some of the work I love to do most in the church – hoping that others will experience some of the relationship with God that is so good.  Walking around the church with the best friend who loves me and doesn’t mind if I come back and walk this path many times, telling him my same old stories, listening to my concerns and sometimes letting me catch glimpses of what he is like.  It is a good week no matter what time of the year we set it up.

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There are many tasks I need to buckle down and work on the rest of this week.  The sermon is coming but it has not come easily.  The quiet in my house now that everyone has gone home is good but it is easy to procrastinate and otherwise find ways to waste time.
The computer is a great tool and also a great distraction.

I have a set of photos taken over Christmas posted at Flikr

Now back to work.

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All’s quiet

So far tonight it is only Leo and I at home.  After a hectic couple of days with many children and grandchildren around, we are soaking in the peace and quiet and lack of demands put on us. 

Ronin seems to be ready for his surgery on Monday.  Praying he stays healthy  – no colds to cause a cancellation.  And I guess the surgeon is pretty sure that with this surgery, his hand will be fine.  If he decides he wants his fingers to look better later on in life, he will be older and able to make that choice on his own.  One finger a little shorter does not seem to slow him down.

And today, the big event of our year – Patrick’s wedding.


Well, of course he didn’t just get married on his own.  He has a wonderful wife who is very much in love with him as he is with her.  Amanda looked beautiful today.  The wedding service was small but lovely and the reception very low key and fun.  

There are some pictures up on Flikr – not all that great but they are what they are.  There is some proof that either we are not all great photographers or else that we are a challenging bunch to make look good on film.

Now, I believe they head off to the mountains for some skiing and snowboarding.  Hope they come back intact! 

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