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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Seeking Sabbath


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ephesians

4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,

but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,

that it may give grace to those who hear.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


I am from Boston.

I have rarely been more proud to say where I am from.

We showed up 40,000 strong to stand against those who would

fill our streets with their poisonous hatred.

We drowned out their evil with sheer numbers.

Boston was 40,000 strong today....

We Can't Hear You!

Go Home!


Thursday, 17 August 2017

View the Starry Realm of Heaven

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Romans 14:19


So then let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbringing.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I live quite close to Boston. I work there.

I feel filthy to be as close as I am to the events that will transpire there today.

It is only 9:00 in the morning as I type this.

I pray that there will be quietness and peacefulness today.

But that is not usually the norm at these types of things.

I am sickened and heartsick and disgusted and frightened

to know that there are such racist, vile, Nazi-sympethizors so close to me.

I want to go into the Commons tomorrow with a pail and a brush

and scrub clean the places where their hate-filled feet touched.

They are Satan.

~ ~ ~


This was written by Norbert Capek while he was imprisoned at Dachau.

He died there on 12 October, 1942.

His name appears on a list of prisoners on an invalid transport

to a castle in Austria where he died of poison gas. 

He was raised Catholic but became a U.U. minister later in his life.


I've never heard the song sung but stumbled across it in the hymn book

at a Unitarian Universalist church on Sunday.


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View the starry realm of heaven,
shining distant empires sing.
Skysong of celestial children
turns each winter into spring, turns each winter into spring.

Great you are, beyond conception,
God of gods and God of stars.
My soul soars with your perception,
I escape from prison bars, I escape from prison bars.

You, the One within all forming
in my heart and mind and breath,
you, my guide through hate’s fierce storming,
courage in both life and death, courage in both life and death.

Life is yours, in you I grow tall,
seed will come to fruit I know.
Trust that after winter’s snowfall
walls will melt and Truth will flow, walls will melt and Truth will flow.
 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In Boston this weekend there are planned protests in response to

what happened in Charlottesville...and elsewhere.

It is unfathomable that we live in a world where

there is still such hatred and evil.

It's important to remember that we are not allowed to sit back and do nothing.

We are required to respond...with love and intelligence.

But to do nothing is unacceptable. 




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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday's full of Grace






I have begun the habit of lighting a small candle at mealtimes.

Even when, as is sometimes the case because of my husband's work schedule,

I am alone.

The kitchen window is open

a sweet smelling ocean breeze

cools down the house of an evening toward the end of summer.


I say a small grace.



If I've been for a walk along the beach dunes or on the path through the wood

there are wild flowers in a jar on the kitchen table.


Tomorrow is another day

but for now I light a candle and say a grace.

Blessed.

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/




When was the last time you got out of doors?

There is a link below if you care to share.





An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, 14 August 2017

on this day







After church and a quick stop at the weekly farmer's market

I snacked on ginger cheese, fresh peaches,

 homemade gingersnaps and assam tea at the kitchen table.

My neighbor dropped by to ask about the 

morning bus schedule.

We chatted for a bit and she mentioned that she loved my house.

She said it was calm and welcoming. 

Which is exactly how I like it.





http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/blog/

14 August


the good


I stopped at the Farmer's market on the way home from church Sunday morning.

I picked up a winter squash and roasted it

with some zucchini, onion, and red pepper.

I added all of that to some seasoned kasha and had a really good dinner.

the random


Joey, Joe and I came upon some lime green acorns

in Marjoram park of a morning.

They are so pretty I put them in a tiny pottery plate

so that we can enjoy them at our leisure.


the fun



Joey has been having a great summer!!





http://goodrandomfun.blogspot.com/

Friday, 11 August 2017

11 August



Saturday I went to a handtub muster with my daughter and grandson. 

Verne's daddy pumps for the tub that won!

It's a great way to spend a day with family and friends.




It was a bit rainy but when the skies cleared some

Verne and I talked about things little boys and their grandma's speak of.


I had a chance over the week to get together with a few of my cousins.

We went out and got a bite to eat and my cousin Martha and I had a martini.

We normally only see one another once a year or so.

It was a nice treat. 




Summer is in full swing now...

the window boxes in Beacon Hill are overflowing with prettiness.

It's cooler in the morning and evenings

and the sunsets and sunrises are stunningly beautiful.

I find myself looking forward to Autumn.


August 26 my step-daughter Ashley would have been 24 years old.

She passed away on 28 February, 2016.

When ever I see a dragonfly, I think of her....

actually, I am almost never not thinking of her.

There will always be a giant chasm where she once was.

I feel her more closely this month though

and find myself turning away from conversation

to prevent sobs from breaking forth.

Dragonflies bring me comfort...

they are beautiful, and otherworldly,

and they always seem to show up at the most opportune times. 

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Walking wild Wednesdays










My Grammy baked....

toll house cookies (never chocolate chip)

and Apricot squares...with a hard A

and for my father, mincemeat pie with hard sauce.



I've decided I am going to be a grandmother who bakes.
My pumpkin pie is already requested at all family gatherings
and the boys absolutely love my gingersnaps...
also, I will start making Apricot squares, in honor of Grammy.

~ ~ ~

And....I am Hopi.

Not Nana as it doesn't really suit me. 

Hopi for love...which I think it means.

and gingersnaps for the delicious way they taste and sound

and pumpkin pie for gathering close

and Apricot squares for Grammy.


And, I have decided I will be a walking grandmother.

Walking is the perfect place for chatting

or gathering thoughts...

looking for flowers, or colourful leaves, or seashells...

or teaching a small child who they are in the world

and where they came from.

so....Hopi bakes and Hopi walks and Hopi loves



Have you walked this week?

Have you gotten out of doors ?

What did you see?

What did you smell?

I'm going to put up a link so you can share and join in the link

if you like.






 


An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, 6 August 2017

7 August

the random

I went to the handtub muster in Salem on Saturday.

Verne's dad pumps for the town of Newbury and they won!




There are things boys say to their grandmothers....


the fun

Verne had the best time with this leash. He played with it almost all day!

I think he figured if his best friend Pippa had a leash...

he wanted one too.





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Be who you are


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I am humbled and quieted in your presence. 

Like a contented child that rests on its mother's lap.

I'm your resting child

and my soul is content in you.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



Verne and Hopi

So...I am Hopi instead of Nana.
That's who I am. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

4 August




Tucker loves being out on the porch.

He keeps himself quite busy chasing bugs 

while I am watering the flowers.
 

On Saturday we went to a family reunion.

We got a chance to see a few cousins that we hadn't seen in decades.

It was fun. 



I've been able to take the ferry work a few times this week!

It's so much fun!




My house is the big green one.

Joe watches the ferry go by and knows I'll be home soon.


 

I had Wednesday off of work so of course I went to see Bonnie and Verne. 

I am so in love with him. 


 We snoozed a bit in the hammock...

a gladsome way to while-a-way a summer afternoon.


http://susannesspace.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The family reunion





Saturday I went to the Claflin family reunion at the Wenham museum.

I am second from the left in the navy shirt.

My cousin's grandsons were the youngest in attendance. 

We all had a great time and it was wonderful to see everyone.





Afterward my sister and I did a little bit of shopping.

I'm not a big shopper and don't often get to go with anyone else.

It was fun and I got a nice new outfit.


Verne got his first haircut!

He looks like a real boy now and not so much a baby anymore.

 http://goodrandomfun.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 27 July 2017

27 July



A few years back I found this old wooden truck at a charity shop. 

It came with a big bag of blocks 

and I use them to spell out whatever is happening in our lives 

at the moment.

Mostly, it spells out some one's name...

birthdays, graduations, visitors....

but lately it's been simply announcing

a favorite time of year. 

http://goodrandomfun.blogspot.com/


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

C is for....


candle




After church on Sunday I stopped at the farmer's market on my way home.

The location has changed from the high school parking lot

to the town commons which is a beautiful park 

with the Atlantic ocean and the Boston skyline as a backdrop.

It was a beautiful day and I picked up some deliciously juicy yellow peaches.
I also picked up this sweet little candle holder.
It is rainy and stormy this Monday night as I type. 
I can hear the rain falling against our windows
and the wind and waves just outside our windows.  

My little candle flickers in the sweet pottery holder

on the window sill.





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Monday, 24 July 2017

24 July

the fun

I took the ferry into work a few times last week!

It was wonderful!




the good

a bit of a snack and a yellow peach from the farmer's market..

so juicy I practically have to bathe after eating it





the random

Verne....growing cuter by the minute.









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