Gotta love those yellow sneakers!

Here's a picture of Rhiannon, David Crowder, Fran, and me, taken last night, just outside the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC, shortly after the David Crowder Band's concert.I'm holding a copy of Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die, the book that Crowder wrote with Michael Hogan, one of his bandmates. He, meanwhile, is holding a promotional bookmark for The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I wish I had an actual copy of the book to give him. … [Read more...]

Margery

We have a new member of the family. Her name is Margery and she is a rescue kitten.She's only about seven weeks old, which of course is a bit young to be separated from her mom, but she is already eating solid food and using her box. She was born to a cat that had been abandoned near the monastery (this is a problem — people abandon animals on the monastery land, but the monks are not in a position to care for them); out of a litter of six, two had already disappeared, possibly the victims of c … [Read more...]

Visiting my Father on Mother’s Day

Both of Fran's parents, and my mother, have all passed away. So we visited my father on Mother's Day. That in itself is not too remarkable, as we visit dad almost every Sunday. I told Fran more than once that I appreciated her spending Mother's Day — "her" day — going to a nursing home to visit my father. "I love him," was her simple, and completely typical, response.Dad has had Parkinson's disease for well over a decade now, with a variety of other ailments, from some heart issues to a scare w … [Read more...]

Three Generations of Technological Change

I took this picture this afternoon of Fran and Rhiannon showing off Rhiannon's (well, our, actually) new toy — an iPad — to my father. As we sat together and talked about, and explored, all that the iPad could do, my father began to talk about how when he was younger, television was such an innovative technology. "My next door neighbor had one, and kept telling me I should buy one, as it was the wave of the future," he mused. I asked him how old he was when he saw a TV for the first time. "I was … [Read more...]

The Lion in Winter

My eldest cat, China, is well over 20 years old. She was a rescue kitty — she came to me when I managed the bookstore in Sewanee, and a fraternity boy at the college found her, a stray kitten, and took her to the local vet; the same vet who on the very next day I asked “Do you have any kittens up for adoption?” He brought China out to me, and it was love at first sight. The frat boy, who was a true animal lover, came and talked to me to make sure I would be a good “daddy” for the kitten; I must h … [Read more...]

A Kiss from Mom and a Lesson About Suffering

Early this morning (August 15, 2009) I had a dream in which I was standing outside a building, like an officer’s club on a small military base. It felt like I was in Florida or somewhere else where the winters are mild. There may have been palm trees, but I’m not sure. What I do remember is that I stood outside the building, with tables and chairs all around me, as if this were a place where people can gather and share a meal. Perhaps there were a few others milling about; again, I don’t recall f … [Read more...]

At the Botanical Gardens

Pretty much every Sunday Fran, Rhiannon and I drive to Athens, GA, where my father lives. We take him out to lunch and sometimes do other fun stuff — like today, we visited the Georgia Botanical Gardens, to enjoy the fall foliage, which is just now peaking down here in the south.Here's a snapshot I took of Dad, Fran, and Rhiannon...... while Fran took this photo of me, in one of my more "mystical" moments. … [Read more...]


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