Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Those Who Sacrificed ~

Was I reading correctly, that the remains of hundreds of Air Force personnel had been dumped into a Virginia landfill?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Remnants of WW II ~

Forty-five thousand people evacuated today in the city of Koblenz on the Rhine.
In the shallow water of the river [no rain in months] bombs have been uncovered from World War II. They are hoping to defuse them today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

22 November 1963 ~

There were these special few who consoled me that day forty-eight years ago when the President was shot. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Siege of Leningrad ~ 1941 - 1944

When the German Wehrmacht blockaded the city for two and a half years thousands of people starved to death.
Scenerio: I was out on the street today and picked something up that looked like sugar. I sucked on its sweetness the whole way home. On arriving there I took it out and saw it was just a pebble.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Grande Chartreuse ~

Possible scenario: 
After 45 years in this Carthusian monastery spent in contemplation and loving piety Alzheimer's disease sets in and he changes. He begins to hate the habit he wears and refuses to don it, he stops singing the office and going to chapter and remains pouting in my cell, and the last thing he want is to bother himself with the things of God.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Know Thyself ~

Often times I put my head in my hand and ask myself how You could put up with my wavering for all theses years.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Up To Date ~

I try to imagine Jesus jumping into a Toyota van and winging down to the Lake of Genesereth for a happening.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

House of God ~

While visiting a church last week somebody stole our digital camera.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Service! ~


Here in Germany they deliver the morning paper right into the mail box.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Learning Humility ~

How it hurts to think back fifty years and remember clearly all the stupid faux pas one has made.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

General Petraeus ~

I liked one of his lines about fighting in asymetrical combat: "a soldier has to be comfortable in chaos".

Friday, August 19, 2011

Time Passing ~

Spotted the red tinge at the top of the maple tree--first saddening signs of autumn.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Happy Birthday ~

We uncorked a bottle of champagne and lifted our glasses and wished President Obama a Happy 50th Birthday.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

While on the Way ~

We sat in the shade of a maple tree and looked out over a field of corn as we picniced along the autobahn on the way to Stuttgart.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wise Old Monk ~

Understand this, he said: it is not what you do, what you achieve. I is what you are.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Freedom ~

The Wise Old Monk told me that freedom does not consist in ridding myself of pain and suffering but said that I would be free when I learn to accept them and let them give meaning to my life.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Women's World Soccer Tournament ~

Yesterday in Dresden, Germany they made it to the semi-finals winning over strong Brasil.
Never-give-up spirit. 
One week later they lost the the finals to Japan. . . maybe consoling themselves with the hope it would help heal this year's wounds of misfortune in Japan.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

A Perfect Sunday Morning ~


. . . and a lark is flittering over the field.
click on picture to enlarge

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What Others Think ~

What must a Muslim think when he walks into a church and sees a cross above the altar with a naked man hanging on it?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wise Old Monk ~

He asked me if I was aware of the fact that there can be great pleasure to be found in hurting an other person. Instead of calling it hurting one calls it being kind.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Perspective ~

What does the farmer think when he drives out to inspect the harvest? Does he think it is his achievement?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Wise Old Monk ~ When Calamity Strikes

We were talking about Japan and Alabama and I asked where God was. He said something like true, deep faith is arrived at by way of doubt.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rebellion ~

How can you do the same job constantly, year after year, without at some point rebelling?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Municipality ~ Easy Money

They have come up with a clever new tax scheme:
1. Take aerial photos of our roof.
2. Calculate the size of its surface.
3. Levy a tax on the amount of water that flows off it into the municipal drain.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Destroying Beauty ~

Aren't there enough high tension masts streaking through the beautiful German landscape? No, they are planning 3,000 kilometers of new high tension wire masts as a result of the planned shutting down of nuclear power plants. No one mentions that we should cut back our usage.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Interdependence ~

What if I owned that sleek high-powered BMW. Where would I be without the marvelous roads spread out before me like a carpets?

Friday, April 22, 2011

De Diligendo Deo ~

The Wise Old Monk told me: "Don't rely on the community in your search for God. You must learn to search alone."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reaching for Perfection ~

In the local competition they gave her the first prize but they didn't make much of a fuss about her in the local newspaper, as if this were nothing remarkable.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Wise Old Monk ~

During a conversation I asked him where he found all the wisdom he imparts to others. He was embarrassed but said: maybe one has to suffer.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Now ~

Earth -- Europe -- Germany -- State: Baden Württemberg -- County: Waldshut -- Town: Höchenschwand -- Waldshuter Strasse 6 -- in my study -- at the window -- Saturday -- 4:38 p.m. -- I look out -- snow on the ground -- the sky is gray -- I hear a car passing -- then silence. . .

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Active Passivity ~

All the nicks and scratches on my hands heal in time without my doing.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

German Defence Minister ~ Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

They are at him for plagerizing on his Ph.D. dissertation. The Opposition is calling for his resignation, but the ruling CDU is out to keep him in office despite the heated fray he has caused here in Germany. Behold -- according to the latest public opinion polls he has risen to the top of the list of most admired German politicians.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mysteries of Love ~

Maybe God loves us so much because we are always hurting Him and because of that He can't get us off His mind.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Evasion ~

We talk about everything else but leave the most improtant thing unsaid.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

De Diligendo Deo ~

I was a young seminarian who asked the Wise Old Monk how I could best learn to love God. He said: first learn to love a girl. I looked at him and creased my brow.