Category: Contemplation

reading memoirs

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
February 23, 2015

All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku
Edited by Robert Epstein
Middle Island Press, 2019

The Psalms

I pray the Psalms for peace. I look at my blog and am grateful for readers from many countries. And posts from many countries. My father and others in our families were/are veterans. In 1978, I went to Poland with my father. This was for almost a month, with a formal group from UW-Milwaukee. For new readers, and all readers, one of our sites is POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE. It amazes me, through decades of life so far, how the Psalms offer hope. When I am overwhelmed, this practice of contemplative prayer is a source of strength.

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Books and Connections

This post follows my earlier post today, Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022.

I received my used paperback copy of Friends for the Journey, by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw – the book I wrote about in my post reading from books. This edition was published by Regent College Publishing in 2003.

Last year, I read A Journey of Sea and Stone: How Holy Places Guide and Renew Us, by Tracy Balzer, which is also a well-written and thoughtful book. You can learn more at her site, Tracy Balzer “carry some quiet around.”

Tracy Balzer begins her introduction to A Journey of Sea and Stone, Why Iona?, with honoring Friends for the Journey. Luci Shaw’s poem, “The Holiness of Iona” is a poem in Friends for the Journey. I remembered Luci’s poem, which helped me begin with Tracy’s book, which I plan to read again. Connections.

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