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”

Post #15.12, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Historical setting: 6th Century C.E. Somewhere in the Pyrenees          Nic and I carried the statue of the mother and child into the adjacent ox shed and away from the pagan statuary so we could have a better look at the work. My thought, this would make a wonderful gift to bring with us toContinue reading “Post #15.12, Thursday, December 24, 2020”

Post #15.11, Wed., December 23, 2020

Historical setting: 6th Century C.E. Somewhere in the Pyrenees          We asked the one who markets stone carvings what artist created this sculpture of the baby Jesus and his mother.          Antton explains, “We were at the quarry we use to cut the stone for this winter’s work when we discovered another man using ourContinue reading “Post #15.11, Wed., December 23, 2020”

Post #13.10, Thursday, October 22, 2020

Historical setting: Remembering the First Century, Jerusalem          Nic is still listening to my ancient family story. And I am still telling it.          “While my father, known as Simon, worked in the marketplace at the Temple porticos he contracted an illness, probably a pox, spreading among the foreign merchants in those days. He calledContinue reading “Post #13.10, Thursday, October 22, 2020”

Post #13.9, Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Historical setting: Remembering the First Century, Bethany          I mentioned the Gospel of Luke used our family as characters in stories, but that author didn’t even know us.           Nic says, “I did notice there was that part in Luke where your sisters squabbled and Jesus got in the middle of it. And of courseContinue reading “Post #13.9, Wednesday, October 21, 2020”

Post #13.8, Tuesday, October 20, 2020*

Historical setting: Remembering the First Century (*Looking for this post on Tuesday? Saving words digitally is clearly not as reliable as was once an ancient clay pot with papyrus scrolls stashed in a cave. Lazarus-Ink will be back on schedule this week.)          Nic and I have set the conversation between us on my childhood Continue reading “Post #13.8, Tuesday, October 20, 2020*”

Post #13.7, Thursday, October 15, 2020

Historical setting: 563 C.E. Ascending into the Pyrenees          Cloud shadows on the mountains seem to make the ever-still earth forms of rock rise and fall like the waves on a sea. We thought finding our way through this range would be the simple part going up to the mountain top then down into Gaul,Continue reading “Post #13.7, Thursday, October 15, 2020”

Post #13.6, Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Historical setting: 563 C.E. Ascending into the Pyrenees          The fog clears. No words. Awe is a word too small. Dear God, was it your intention that human eyes would be given privilege to see so wide? Have we taken a step too far and now we see all of earth from a holy place?Continue reading “Post #13.6, Wednesday, October 14, 2020”

Post #12.13, Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Historical setting: 563 C.E., the Inn at Bragda          Back at the inn now, and it’s the disappointment I’d feared.  The Rose is not in the stall. Nic’s things are already gone from the loft. The innkeeper says he paid ahead for me and my horse for this night and he will pay more ifContinue reading “Post #12.13, Tuesday, September 29, 2020”