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21 February 2017

20 February 2017

Looking Beyond The Window - Lolo, Montana


"A German theologian once said that any number of things can serve as a window to God, to what he called 'the ultimate.' 

Humans, of ccourse, tend to be pane worshipers; we just stare at the window instead of the view. 

But anything that lets you look beyond the window to the divine—a kind act, a surprise, a coincidence—is a way of communicating with something bigger than we are."

 — Kate Braestrup, Minister and Author of Beginner's Grace 

16 February 2017

Melting 1 - Missoula, Montana

"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

- Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

14 February 2017

Shady Side Of Sunny - Missoula, Montana

Within 5 minutes into my lunchtime walk, I realized that, despite the warming optimism of much-awaited sunshine, I should have worn my toque. Especially as a recent shearing has again left my little ears fully out in the weather. "Cold ears, warm heart" is not a meaningful mantra.  A belated temperature check revealed a still-brisk 26 degrees F - that's -3 Celsius, by the way. Loathe to turn back for a wee chill in the air, I was saved by the Aha! moment:  an ample scarf can cover both neck AND head!  Wrapped somewhat more elegantly than the scarf mummification of childhood, I carried on, ears intact and warming. Ah, the multiple joys of Pashmina!  

May your hearts be warm this Valentine's Day - and your ears, too!

10 February 2017

09 February 2017

Snowing Still - Missoula, Montana


"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"So it is."
"And freezing."
"Is it?"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."

- A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner