Post #19.2, Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a cell of wattle and daub. This earth has passed two decades since the crashing of the wheel.          At this waking — darkness. Dear God, are you near? I know nothing of the sun or the season or the year or the place or even what kind of burial this is.Continue reading “Post #19.2, Tuesday, April 6, 2021”

Post #18.6, Thursday, March 11, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux          Brother Joel and Brother August are in the guesthouse let to Nic by the stable master.  And I know we will have to tell them Brother August’s family was asking about the artist who carves so perfectly in sandstone. Surely we can’t keep Brother August hidden from them, especiallyContinue reading “Post #18.6, Thursday, March 11, 2021”

Post #17.11, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Historical setting: 564 C.E. The Gaul Side of the Pyrenees          August is telling of his becoming a hermit monk. “I wandered alone until I found a quarry for my stonework and I made my cave near that place, so my prayers could be my artwork.  Yet, even now I think often of my fatherContinue reading “Post #17.11, Wednesday, February 24, 2021”

Post #17.10, Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Historical setting: 564 C.E. The Gaul Side of the Pyrenees          So, Nic asks August, recalling the story of Joseph, “It was like your brothers plotted to take you from your father, strip you of your fine coat with long sleeves then leave you in a wilderness pit?” [Genesis 37:20-24]          August answers, “Yes, IContinue reading “Post #17.10, Tuesday, February 23, 2021”

Post #17.5, Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Historical setting: 6th Century Gaul          The monk we have found in his cave near death whispers to us of “thin places.” What does this mean? Explanations of thin places are only spoken through whispers as poetry.          One preaches of the thin places she noticed in a story of Elijah. She said, “Sometime youContinue reading “Post #17.5, Wednesday, February 10, 2021”

Post #17.1, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Historical setting: 564 C.E. A Small Village in Southeastern Gaul          Stopping at a small village church, the stone woman in the oxcart captures the imaginations of villagers who are now demanding the priest retell the Genesis story they’ve heard before – the one where Lot’s wife turned back while running from the mayhem. MaybeContinue reading “Post #17.1, Tuesday, February 2, 2021”

Post #16.12, Thursday, January 28, 2021

Historical setting: 564 C.E. A Small Village in Southeastern Gaul          The villagers argue:          “This is no statue, Father!”          “A statue is an image of an emperor or a hero!”          “A statue is like a pagan god trapped in the stillness of stone!”          “Of course we have seen statues, and thisContinue reading “Post #16.12, Thursday, January 28, 2021”

Post #16.11, Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Historical setting: 6th Century A Small Village in Southeastern Gaul          We’ve stopped in this small village to for the night’s. The priest recognizes August even with the hood that covers his face. Their warm greeting includes the introduction of us fellow travelers. Then the priest takes a long ponder in awe at the stoneContinue reading “Post #16.11, Wednesday, January 27, 2021”

Post #16.9, Thursday, January 21, 2021

Historical setting: Pyrenees Mountains, 6th Century C.E.          This icy freeze was late in coming this year, but the flood that washed out the creek we followed sent the three of us wet and shivering, waiting for our wools to dry and giving us time to scrape the leathers and mend the fabrics. The variousContinue reading “Post #16.9, Thursday, January 21, 2021”

Post #16.3, Thursday, January 7, 2021

Historical setting: Pyrenees Mountains, 6th Century C.E.          We are crossing through the hills beyond the mountains into  Gaul — two men on horseback and a lone monk with an oxcart — moving at the speed of one man walking beside his ox. From time to time Nic and The Rose go ahead of usContinue reading “Post #16.3, Thursday, January 7, 2021”