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Here we seek a rest in the shade, some cool water and a little kindness. This blog is dedicated to peace, truth, justice and a post- industrial, post-petroleum illumined world in spite of all odds against it. I very much like the line about the ancient knight (see poem below) "His helmet now shall make a hive for bees" It is reminiscent of "beating swords into ploughshares" a sentiment I heartily approve of. Thank you for visiting ~ I hope you return!

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Bits and Pieces

Greetings from Nebraska! We are having such fantastic weather here I wish I could send a day of it to anyone who isn't having amazingly lucious 84 F degree days and 61 F degree nights. Also a daily thunderstorm with rain so everything here is green green, green. We had some flooding but not nearly as much as our suffering neighbor, Iowa. They are basically under water over there ~ the midwestern Katrina.
Heather from California writes me "I wish you would blog more about your daily life ~ you seem like an interesting person." Thanks, Heather!
So here's a bit about my day today. Also I would like to heartily encourage readers to make comments as able ~ I know people are viewing the blog from all over the place, thanks to my cool little widget on the right side a bit down the page ~ so feel free. Let me know what you like ~ the autobiographical stuff, the political stuff, the Catholic stuff, the science stuff, the music or whatnot. I'll try and put a poll up, if I can figure out how. :D Maybe we can eventually get a dialogue going on living the balanced Catholic life in this unbalanced world. I also hope to have some fun along the way! BTW that's my youngest daughter Toni, myself (to my Irish friends ~ Tis Herself ~ hah!)and granddaughter Taryn, taken about 8 months ago.
Today started with 6:30 AM Mass at Saint Patrick's, my neighborhood church. It is a working class church in an older neighborhood, very substandard appearance showing the ravages of post-Vatican II on the art and architechture of Mother Church. But the pastors and people are great, and there is a vibrant spirituality there. I actually went with a very bad attitude the first time or two until I got to know people. Now Monsignor there is my spiritual director and I love to visit (well, except on Sundays when the hootenanny choir is singing the moon calf bad guitar songs from the 70's along with old Protestant hymns I grew up on as a Methodist. Bletch.
Then it was on the the YMCA for my lap swimming ~ I like to swim laps 3 times a week to counter the ravages of aging (I'll be 55 soon) and generally limber up my bones. I swear by it, its as good as yoga which is very expensive here, and will keep me going as long as the good Lord wishes me to. Next I came home and made a lovely green smoothie for brekkie, I like to use them for the Friday fast. This one had a ripe banana, some greens (lambs quarter, mint)and a slice each of watermelon and cantaloupe, and a squirt of local Honey.
Now its blog time, and then I will be off to read a while, meditate, garden, go to a meeting and study some more. Today's my day off so no work today. Tonight Charlie, my next door neighbor Ann and myself are going to see my friend Mike's Grateful Dead cover band, The Jerry Pranksters. Any local folks can find us at Bob's Tavern from 9 to midnight, grooving on the mellow sounds.

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