Post #33.11, Thursday, June 23, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          Thole led the horse, as we made the heavy trudge up the hill on foot. And Ana is delighted to see another familiar person from her childhood on the Loire.  She hung the water pot on the hearth and spread the biscuit dough risingContinue reading “Post #33.11, Thursday, June 23, 2022”

Post #33.10, Weds., June 22, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. At the monastery at Annegray          Thole came here because hunters brought rumors that a healer once owed to the pagans is here.          “So” I ask, “what is this urgent need the pagans have to find Anatase?”          “You’ve seen her then?”          “Why are you looking for her now?Continue reading “Post #33.10, Weds., June 22, 2022”

Post #33.9, Tues., June 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The path to the cottage in the Vosges          It wasn’t exactly the ritual we were seeking, but now I do have a clearer understanding of Ana’s hopes and dreams.  I share the hope in the possibility that we could one day have children. It seems so common, but it isContinue reading “Post #33.9, Tues., June 21, 2022”

Post #33.8, Thurs., June 16, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Annegray          Ana and Brother Servant are waiting outside the door here. Ana is sparkling as I tell her the Father will bless us.          “So we will officially be married by a father!”          “Not really, Ana. It is to be a blessing of our common bond of friendship –Continue reading “Post #33.8, Thurs., June 16, 2022”

Post #33.7, Weds., June 15, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The monastery at Annegray          The father tells me that the promises Ana and I are making with one another can’t be blessed as a marriage because he assumes Ana can’t bear children; and apparently in these times marriage must be about procreation or it isn’t marriage. Of course that isContinue reading “Post #33.7, Weds., June 15, 2022”

Post #33.6, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The monastery at Annegray          Ana expected we were called here for a medical need. I was prepared with an accounting of the cottage. But the father’s concern is not about the uses the monastery has for us. His only care is that Ana is safe and living in a fearlessContinue reading “Post #33.6, Tuesday, June 14, 2022”

Post #33.5, Thurs., June 9, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The Monastery at Annegray          Ana and I have been called before Father Columbanus for some kind of accounting. On our walk we are both thinking up possible reasons he’s called for us.  Ana suspects someone has a medical need and I wonder if he wants to assign me to stayContinue reading “Post #33.5, Thurs., June 9, 2022”

Post #33.4, Weds., June 8, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          So here we are blest on this new morning of forever having the consummation of the promise borrowed from the dream, beautiful and new with terrors fading, fears washed nearly away in bright morning light and the ever-flowing cool of the mountain spring alwaysContinue reading “Post #33.4, Weds., June 8, 2022”

Post #33.3, Tues., June 7, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          Some things were kept covered and dry — the starter for the flame — the seed for the birds. The rainwater on the floor inside is whisked out the door. The rainwater in the cooking cauldron, the feed trough and the pail will saveContinue reading “Post #33.3, Tues., June 7, 2022”

Post #33.2, Thurs., June 2, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Ana’s cottage in the Vosges Mts.          It was the storm and Ana’s gentle compassion that sets this scene – Ana, beautiful as always, with a kindness radiant as warmth, and me, cold and naked, a guest in this mysterious room with a roof.          How can I not seem frighteningContinue reading “Post #33.2, Thurs., June 2, 2022”