Post #32.6, Thurs., May 12, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          Ana continues her story. “Before this rape happened I could see a man’s good health and physical being as a thing of great beauty. I always considered human beings to be wonders of Creation. But then, after the curse I could see nothing but a filthyContinue reading “Post #32.6, Thurs., May 12, 2022”

Post #31.9, Thursday, April 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Annegray in the Vosges Mountains          I’m waiting to hear if Father Columbanus would consider having pigeons trained to return always to Ana so we could send notes to her and she wouldn’t feel so alone. When words to Ana have to be like words to an angel all she hearsContinue reading “Post #31.9, Thursday, April 21, 2022”

Post #31.8, Weds., April 20, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Annegray in the Vosges Mountains            Again when we stand for the chanting of the psalms and I look down the row passed the elder monks and to see Brother Crathius, he once more leans forward and makes eye contact with me. This time he is prepared with a nodContinue reading “Post #31.8, Weds., April 20, 2022”

Post #31.5, Weds., April 13, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. In the Vosges Mountains          I stand here among the pilgrims for the chanting of the psalms. I know that many who dedicate themselves to obedience in Christ assume grief and suffering are the virtues that make them holy. I’ve known some use suffering to nurture their own ability for empathyContinue reading “Post #31.5, Weds., April 13, 2022”

Post #30.15, Thursday, March 31, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          “The Rule of Columbanus is a shorter document than the Rule of Benedict,” she tells me clearly intending to change the subject.          “So these are easier rules?”          She smiles at that silly question.          She explains, “It takes fewer words because all thatContinue reading “Post #30.15, Thursday, March 31, 2022”

Post #30.13, Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          Close to the heart in these mountains deep in its valleys, the Black Forest cradles an eternity of ancient lore. Turned as yarn on the spindles of storytellers are romantic legends of fairies and princes, commoners always reaching justice after cruelty, always turning things upsideContinue reading “Post #30.13, Tuesday, March 29, 2022”

Post #30.12, Thursday, March 24, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          Ana and I are stumbling over steep cobblestones of reunion. Her dream of finding her beloved teacher alive and well, welcoming her back is dashed, and instead she gets handed a man with a wound.          She breaks into my silence with words, “Of courseContinue reading “Post #30.12, Thursday, March 24, 2022”

Post #29.6, Thurs., February 10, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. when Brittany was forest          As I hang my bow with the others the first breeze of early spring turns the winter drear to mist; so now behind us in the eastern sky is the great bow across the heavens. First it seems a vision, with pale, surreal shades of tenderContinue reading “Post #29.6, Thurs., February 10, 2022”

Post #29.5, Weds, February 9, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. when Brittany was forest          It’s a long slog in the cold rain. The thief complains incessantly about his load only reminding me he is indeed a thief with a sour attitude. If I choose to help him drag this excess he will rob me while I’m doing his work.         Continue reading “Post #29.5, Weds, February 9, 2022”

Post #28.3, Thurs., January 6, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. when Gaul was forest          I know Christianity runs on rumor too often, but this rumor of pagan human sacrifice has some credence. There have been findings. I ask the druid what is their intention.          He answers after an uncomfortably long pause for shared grins with Guldilyn.          “My boyContinue reading “Post #28.3, Thurs., January 6, 2022”