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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Sacred Spaces ~

As a child I had my holy places where it was quiet and filled with meaning: the church on McKean Street, the Capuchin monastery not far from town . . . It was the feeling of being enveloped in a mysterious, meaningful space. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Weighty Distractions ~

American monks cannot keep their thoughts on things spiritual nowadays because their minds are distracted by the plaguing question so many are asking: What kind of a country are we becoming?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Words Written on a Dilapidated House ~

Yipee! Wir sind am Ziel unserer Träume.
Yipee! We have reached the goal of our dreams.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Reacting ~

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland.
Thank you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cardinal Karl Lehmann ~ Bishop of Mainz, Germany

† March 11, 2017
In an interview with SWRadio this extraordinary, fearless bishop stated that when all is said and done he would believe neither in the Church nor in Christianity, but in God alone. For God will always exist -- the Church, on the other hand, perhaps not.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Revving Up~

When will he be advocating that pastors and priests start toting a pistol?

Monday, February 05, 2018

A Measure of Power ~

. . . and none of the players kneeled or remained on the bench during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl . . .

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Winter Morning at Sunrise ~

I look out over the wide field covered with snow and imagine it will one day be green with grass, or brown with wheat swaying in the breeze. Ah--I must be dreaming.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Measure of Power ~

. . . when in the presence of six senators he could say "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" and no one reacts.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

They All Do It ~

Here in Germany Volkswagen is breathing a sigh of relief and gleefully clapping their hands on hearing that Ford USA has been caught cheating with diesel emissions.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Climate Change ~

It has warmed up so much that the snowman the grandchildren made sunk down on its knees and lost its carrot nose.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

American Future? ~

I am beginning to see States breaking away from the Union as a result of growing division due to viral political convictions.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 ~

What will the topic of conversation be today when families sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal?  

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

An Offhand Remark ~

I heard someone say: "Fingers have memory." Ever since hearing that my piano playing has improved noticeably. 

Monday, October 09, 2017

Local Beauty ~

The neighbors next-door cut down this stately red beech tree this morning. 
Leaf-raking was too much of a chore. . .
Just lost a friend.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Choice of Words ~

"Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!"
                                                  ~ President of the United States

Monday, September 25, 2017

Was Ist Los? ~

80-90 seats in the German Bundestag will now be filled by the new extreme right AfD party that won yesterday in the elections.  

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Cavalier's Delict ~

Here in Germany no one is really upset about VW and Audi cheating. No rage, no protests, no demonstrations. Cheating is all part of the game.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reminder ~

Sadly I see the first tinge of autumn on the maple trees along my path.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Boy Scouts of America ~

It was reported that the chief executive of the Boy Scouts had apologized for the President's speech held at a national gathering of Boy Scouts because of his rousing political statements. The White House spokeswoman deftly sidestepped saying: "I saw nothing but roughly 40,000 to 45,000 Boy Scouts cheering the president on throughout his remarks and I think they were pretty excited that he was there."  

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Protectors ~

Two stately San Bernardino dogs out in front of a lady with their unneeded leashes would turn every thirty paces to see if she were coming along.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Thomas Merton Prayer ~

Just finished a translation of Merton's famous prayer into German.
The accompanying music is spectacular.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Newfound Energy ~

Five new windmills on a hill in the distance rotating day and night, counterclockwise. 

Monday, May 08, 2017

Remembering with Gratitude ~

Today is VE-Day. 
I look out my window and think what it would be like had Hitler not been stopped.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Yevgeny Yevtushenko ~

† April 1, 2017

No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A steep cliff only, like the rudest headstone.
I am afraid.
Today, I am as old
As the entire Jewish race itself. . .

Friday, March 31, 2017

At 7:45 in the Morning ~

The highway is buzzing with cars heading off at high speed to make it to the place of work with all the people who are helping to hold this world together.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Seeing in Darkness ~

To look up into the sky late at night and see the radiant stars . . . and then orient myself in the deep cosmos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Beacon Light ~

Americans, the President said: "make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things we want more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong as element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction."
Calvin Coolidge 1923-29

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farewell Address ~

He made me feel proud to be an American and taught me, more than any other, what it meant. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Progressing ~

Went back to my old seminary where four teenage years of intense living took place. There I found only a bare hill with grass going on it. The building has been torn down, deemed useless.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Experience ~

It was a happy dream . . . I was standing in front of a grade-school class and a boy didn't know the German word for "page". "Oh, that was the very first word we leaned in Chapter One of our German book last year," I said. And all those little girls and boys lit up and smiled with such glowing faces, the likes of which I had never seen before.