#37.3, Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. On the south side of the Loire          The rain seems powerless now for dampening spirit. The little donkey bounds the full circumference of the pasture fence, bucking and leaping, dancing his finest moves to please the stolid mares looking on.          Jesse stands akimbo by the gate watching the romp,Continue reading “#37.3, Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022”

#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The river crossing near Tours          In this little fringe of a wood I watch a vixen eluding me, giving up her own hiding so I won’t notice her kits.          It seems when I am in love the whole world is in love, and when my mind is only onContinue reading “#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022”

#37.1, Tues., Oct. 4, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The river crossing near Tours          This cold October rain is relentless. Rivulets of gray water run in the ruts merging into the full river of roadway. The little donkey shakes his head to clear his eyes. I lead him walking, while the women spread the tarp over the cart forContinue reading “#37.1, Tues., Oct. 4, 2022”

#36.13, Thurs., Sept. 29, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. near Poitiers          The moon set, leaving us in a long darkness, but not at all for sleeping and already we are gathering for morning prayers. Ana and Colleen are draped in huge woolen robes hidden completely in hoods and sleeves. There are no secrets in this hall though nothing isContinue reading “#36.13, Thurs., Sept. 29, 2022”

#36.12, Weds., Sept. 28, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. near Poitiers          Ana is telling me of her fears of the earl’s guardsmen.          “I rode as fast as I could ride in the dim moonlight by the river, but I knew that right behind me were the earl’s guardsmen. They had seen me in the earl’s stable readying myContinue reading “#36.12, Weds., Sept. 28, 2022”

#36.11, Tues., Sept. 27, 2022

Historical setting: 589 near Poitiers          Ana is telling me of finding Lady Elise.          “She was neither blue nor gray. Her skin was pale but not dead. I thought she may actually only be unconscious but seemed not dead at all. Immediately I had to allow this dangerous man a story to save himself.Continue reading “#36.11, Tues., Sept. 27, 2022”

#36.10, Thurs., Sept. 22, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Poitiers          Dear God let us feel your presence. And stay close to Ana. Amen.          This afternoon I return to the work of helping Brother August and his apprentice. With three of us working, we have revealed the shoulders of the mother and the head of the infant is nowContinue reading “#36.10, Thurs., Sept. 22, 2022”

#36.9, Weds., Sept. 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Poitiers          Ana is telling me that she and Colleen turned the previous midwife’s journal over to Lady Elise’s mother.          “It affirmed the family’s worst fears. These childbirth deaths may not have been the natural consequences of difficult births, but something more sinister. The earl is one who seems theContinue reading “#36.9, Weds., Sept. 21, 2022”

#36.8, Tues., Sept. 20, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The road to Ligugé          Today I meet Ana for our ride and ask her if she and Colleen have a plan if they find the same circumstance as described in the midwife’s journal.          Ana tells me, “It’s very helpful to know what happened in that instance, though it doesn’tContinue reading “#36.8, Tues., Sept. 20, 2022”

#36.7, Thurs., Sept. 15, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Poitiers          While I stay as a guest at Ligugè I appreciate the hours for prayer and psalms with these few elder brothers.  I help some with the work on the statue that Brother August and his young apprentice are doing. And as close as we are, with Ana at theContinue reading “#36.7, Thurs., Sept. 15, 2022”