Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Places: Italy's Amalfi Coast


Simplicity



Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”
Jack Kornfield

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!


O Judge of the nations, 
we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.


Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines.


This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen.



Happy Memorial Day! Even though there is a lot to be discouraged about and frustrated by, I'm proud to be an American. "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain

This holiday always reminds me of great times marching in the Middlebury & Vergennes Memorial Day Parades! Here's a pic of the whole band from 1984 & one of me marching. Great times!




Happy Memorial Day!


O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.


Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines.


This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Amen.



Happy Memorial Day! Even though there is a lot to be discouraged about and frustrated by, I'm proud to be an American. "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” — Mark Twain

This holiday always reminds me of great times marching in the Middlebury & Vergennes Memorial Day Parades! Here's a pic of the whole band from 1984 & one of me marching. Great times!



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Discernment



O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Discernment



O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Do not fret




Psalm 37 or
Coverdale
Part I Noli aemulari
1Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
3Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
5Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
6He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
7Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
8Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Christ Has No Body




Christ Has No Body
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
~Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

Monday, May 23, 2016

A very good man! Glad for his service!! Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach




Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 6:27 pm

Virginia has confirmed the departure of longtime men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia via a press release.
“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage in a press release. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVa with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom.

“These decisions are not easy and Dom and I have had a number of substantive conversations over the last several weeks regarding the future of the program.”
Said Starsia: “When our season ended, Craig informed me of his decision to make a coaching change. I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has been so gracious to me and my family during our time in Charlottesville. While blessed to have been part of some great teams, this experience has always been about the people and the relationships. I want to thank the players and their families who have been such an important part of my life. I would also like to thank all the coaches and staff who have propped me up over a lot of years, and especially to Marc Van Arsdale, who was here when I arrived 24 years ago. What a joy it has been to coach with my son Joe these past three years! I am very proud of all that we have accomplished here at the University of Virginia.”
Starsia’s contract was set to expire in January 2017, with Virginia still owing him approximately $400,000.
“In our search for the next head coach, we will be looking for a dynamic leader who clearly articulates a plan to build upon the tradition Dom and his staff created over the last two and a half decades and who can position our men’s lacrosse program to compete annually for ACC and NCAA championships while also achieving success academically,” Littlepage said.

Read it all HERE

Congrats to the Rev. Randy Hollerith on becoming the next Dean of the Washington National Cathedral

Congrats to my colleague and friend, Randy Hollerith!!




WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, a priest with 25 years of experience of accomplished and creative leadership, has been named the 11th dean of Washington National Cathedral.
For the past 16 years, Hollerith has served as rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., where he has doubled the parish budget, facilitated the growth of the largest mission program in the Diocese of Virginia, and dramatically expanded both the size and participation in St. James’s outreach ministries.
Hollerith will now lead the Cathedral in its mission to be a spiritual home for the nation and a house of prayer for all people.
“Randy has the spiritual depth, heart for ministry, and skills required to lead Washington National Cathedral into the future,” said Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and interim dean of the Cathedral. “He is a strong collaborator and team builder, with a passion for the Gospel of Jesus. I look forward to working with him.”


The Rev. Randolph "Randy" Hollerith named as the next Dean of Washington National Cathedral

Congrats to my former Richmond, VA colleague and friend, Randy Hollerith!!




WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, a priest with 25 years of experience of accomplished and creative leadership, has been named the 11th dean of Washington National Cathedral.
For the past 16 years, Hollerith has served as rector of St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., where he has doubled the parish budget, facilitated the growth of the largest mission program in the Diocese of Virginia, and dramatically expanded both the size and participation in St. James’s outreach ministries.
Hollerith will now lead the Cathedral in its mission to be a spiritual home for the nation and a house of prayer for all people.
“Randy has the spiritual depth, heart for ministry, and skills required to lead Washington National Cathedral into the future,” said Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and interim dean of the Cathedral. “He is a strong collaborator and team builder, with a passion for the Gospel of Jesus. I look forward to working with him.”

What American Parents Can Learn From Chinese Philosophy

This is a book that I am looking forward to reading!

Reviewed in the New York Times "Well" Blog

 




Christine Gross-Loh is the co-author, with Michael Puett, of “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life,” from which this essay is adapted.
Here’s the conventional wisdom about raising kids in modern-day America. Teach them to know who they are. Encourage them to think big and to aim high. Show them how to play to their strengths and plan a route to future success.
But there is a better way to turn a child into a flourishing adult, one based on just about the opposite of everything we think we should do. This “new” way is actually very old – over 2,000 years old — and is inspired by the wisdom of Chinese philosophers including Mencius, Confucius and Laotzu.
Consider what they might say if they were raising today’s children:
Stop Looking For Your Passion...
...read it all HERE...

What American Parents Can Learn From Chinese Philosophy

This is a book that I am looking forward to reading!

Reviewed in the New York Times "Well" Blog


 






Christine Gross-Loh is the co-author, with Michael Puett, of “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life,” from which this essay is adapted.
Here’s the conventional wisdom about raising kids in modern-day America. Teach them to know who they are. Encourage them to think big and to aim high. Show them how to play to their strengths and plan a route to future success.
But there is a better way to turn a child into a flourishing adult, one based on just about the opposite of everything we think we should do. This “new” way is actually very old – over 2,000 years old — and is inspired by the wisdom of Chinese philosophers including Mencius, Confucius and Laotzu.
Consider what they might say if they were raising today’s children:
Stop Looking For Your Passion...
...read it all HERE...

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Sabbath Mood



A Sabbath Mood

Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day.
Vision held open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn; for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat.
And yet no leaf or grain is filled
By work of ours; the field is tilled
And left to grace. That we may reap,
Great work is done while we’re asleep.
When we work well, a Sabbath mood
Rests on our day, and finds it good.


~Wendell Berry

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Pentecost!




O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.