The surgery went well. We are home. Thanks for the prayers.
I am retired now, a full-time writer. I still actively do retreats. I love the works of Thomas Merton and my new book, "Spiritual Journaling -God's Whispers in Daily Living" is available on Kindle and Amazon. http://amzn.to/qQz6Ng
DOM Francis Kline, Abbot at Mepkin Abbey in Mepkin, S.C. passed away on August 27. He was a world reknown organist. He was 58. Link
ON SUNDAY MORNING WHILE I WAS IN CLINTON, TENNESSEE, FOR A SPECIAL RELIGIOUS SERVICE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH A HORRENDOUS ALARM SET OFF AT 6:44 AM. MY INITIAL THOUGHT WAS THAT AN ALARM CLOCK IN THE ROOM HAD GONE OFF. I RAN AROUND THE ROOM BUT COULD NOT FIND A CLOCK, THEN SOMEONE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND SAID, "LEAVE LEAVE."
I realize that somehow I have to bring closure to the episodes of this week. I don’t think as many life changing events have happened in one week to me. It was a busy, energetic, thoughtful, and unusual week. From Big Sur to Nashville, from Salinas, California, to Clinton, Tennessee, from John Steinbeck to THE TRUE FACE OF CLINTON-TIME MAGAZINE 12/17/56 This story tells the original story of what happened in Clinton and to Rev. Paul Turner (please read!), from the Hearst Castle to the Green McAdoo Cultural Center, from the garlic capital of the world (Gilroy, California)) to a fire in our hotel in Clinton, TN., from now to THEN !
What a GREAT experience at First Baptist Church honoring the CLINTON 12
this morning. What a wonderful religious time together.
Just a passing thought that the moments that are most life changing are
not planned and are most likely events over which we have no control.
I sit outside for a few moments, read Psalms, and watch Cuddles and
Aidan play. A slight breeze passes periodically. In a few moments we
leave for Clinton, Tennessee, for the opening of the civil rights museum
-- a 50 year reminder of how some things have changed.
"To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by
We have been at the airport for 3 hours. According to the latest results our plane has been delayed an hour. The joy of waiting. Patience brother patience.
I am awake and ALIVE. A 30 minute trip last night took 2 hours. Guess who got lost again. Thanks to a LA driver who allowed us to follow him we made it home shortly before midnight. Oh the joys of a strange city.
I am standing in line at the Biola Bookstore. There are 17 people in front of me. I am illegally parked. In my hand is ANSWERING GOD- THE PSALMS AS TOOLS FOR PRAYER by Eugene Peterson. This book was suggested by Bryan Sherwoodvia Alan Creech.
If you write an anonymous note please put name at end, otherwise I have
no idea who you are.
Nothing compares to morning LA traffic. 7 lanes of honking, diving from lane to lane, squealing brakes. Scarey !!! This after great IHOP breakfast in Carpinteria.
EXHAUSTED !!!! The problem with traveling vacations is not enough time
to rest. We spent 4 hours at the Hearst Castle today, drove over a 100
miles down the coast, walked for 30 minutes on the Carpinteria Beach and
ate at the Palms restaurant. We spent lots of time searching, for
hotel, for place for breakfast, for a restaurant, and a market to buy
orange juice for breakfast. I am ready for sleep.
Yesterday we had no internet service all day. Also on Sunday I did not mention that we ended up at the grave of Junipero Serra, the first missionary to California from Spain.
We ate breakfast at Gilda's Restaurant on the pier. It has been owned
and operated by the Stagnaro family since. 1879. Excellent view. Watched
sea lions and swimmers compete with each other.
We leave in the morning for California. We will arrive in Oakland, rent a car, then drive to Los Angeles down highway 1. We are looking forward to this, the first real vacation in a while.
On Saturday we leave for a 5 day trip from Oakland, California, to Los Angeles. We will be traveling down highway 1. We are looking forward to the trip. Then on Saturdya of that week I will probably go to Clinton, Tennessee, for the opening of the Cultural Center, or museum, recognizing the high school I graduated from and its position as the first school in the United States to integrate. You can read all about it at Green Mcadoo Cultural Center. A new film will premier about the event 50 years ago !!!
Christ expressed all His teachings in His last commandment. "Love each
other, as I loved you. Everyone will see that you are my disciples, if
you love each other." He did not say, "if you believe," but "if you
"When you hear people speak about the viciousness of other people, do not share in pleasure by discussing these issues. When you hear about the virtues of other people, remember them and tell them to others." (From A Calendar of Wisdom – Tolstoy)
I guess I have done it now! Next week, beginning the 19th, we are planning on going to Oakland, Ca. then riding down highway 1 for 5 days and ending up in Los Angeles. Our plane tickets are ready but waiting this late has made it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT in finding lodging. I should have know, right! So on August 19 there are no motels to be had in Santa Cruz or Monterey. I finally got an August 20 hotel in Monterey and look forward to that. So we may be sleeping in our car on the 19th of August in California.
"SOME PEOPLE SKIP THROUGH LIFE, SOME PEOPLE ARE DRAGGED THROUGH IT."(FROM BLUE LIKE JAZZ)
Been tired all day. Finished Tolstoy Park at 1:40 am. Could not sleep.
Tough day. With lady whose baby died and young woman whose young husband
is not doing well. Ate a salad at Applebees. Watched a new monk. Going
to bed early. Wish I could rest and spend day at Gethsemani. World
events are ponderous.
When Henry Stuart arrived in Mobile he was attacked by a fellow train passenger who was really upset that he had given his boots to a black man on the train. He was upset with this encounter because it was so unexpected, not anything like this would have happened in Idaho.
"When everyone says you're drunk, you'd better sit down." (Blue Like Jazz)