Post #20.7, Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. The garden of Eve, pagan healer          Everyday now, I find I’m stronger and more useful. First I was able to do normal things for myself. I could eat at the table with the others, and now in this season of the fullness of springtime nearly into summer I am ableContinue reading “Post #20.7, Tuesday, May 18, 2021”

Post #20.5, Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. The house of Eve, pagan healer          Now every rising is grief. It was Nic who understood my circumstance of life and life again and he noticed that would give me so much practice in loosing loved ones I would become “good at grief.” I assured him no one is “goodContinue reading “Post #20.5, Wednesday, May 12, 2021”

Post #20.1, Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Historical setting: 584 C.E. The house of Eve, pagan healer          A long night of sleep into this waking with graying skies, and now it is late morning.  Yesterday I was listening to Nic talking on and on to let me know I’ve returned to a world of ever-changing human life. Thank you God, forContinue reading “Post #20.1, Tuesday, May 4, 2021”

Post #19.5, Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a daub and wattle sepulcher — 584 C.E.          At this waking I hear the voice of the child.          “I see the wheel is over the opening again. But don’t worry, Teacher, I can roll it back easily. I always roll it off when I come here to practice my flute.”Continue reading “Post #19.5, Tuesday, April 13, 2021”

Post #10.14, Thursday, July 30, 2020

Historical setting: 563 CE, in sight of Iberia          Nic asks, “So which version of God assigned me to be a patron to a scrambled minded Jew? I wonder. Am I stuck with you because God teaches us by using fierce and horrific punishments for all my innocent years of listening to a heretic priest,Continue reading “Post #10.14, Thursday, July 30, 2020”

Post #8.1, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age on the Saxony Shore of Gaul          God knows I’m thankful for glimpses into memory of a wife and for the gentle thoughts of touches — the warmth of earthly breath and fragrance — all these remembrances of love shared. I know earth’s metaphors speak a truth of so manyContinue reading “Post #8.1, Tuesday, May 5, 2020”

Post #6.3, Thursday, March 5, 2020

Historical setting: 562 C.E. Ancient Tours of Gaul Outside the monastery walls are those caves where I’ve come for long months of healing. Ascetics, seeking solace in hermitage come to these caves for lifetimes of prayer and fasting. I was here healing from death of plague most recently. Then two centuries before I came upContinue reading “Post #6.3, Thursday, March 5, 2020”

Post #3.12, Thursday, December 26, 2019

Historical setting: 561 C.E. Gaul Thank you God for giggles of children, for beauty shining through old pox. Thank you God, for riches of life and for family to share in all of this.  Amen.           Echoing through imagination is the dark tune of the Jesus birth with all its angels, the bold star andContinue reading “Post #3.12, Thursday, December 26, 2019”

Post #3.7, Tuesday, 12-17-2019

Historical setting: 561 C.E. Gaul The first winter snows are a blank slate for new projects and for following fresh rabbit tracks to find the tastiest roots and leaves most hidden.          Ezra and I felled a solid tree and from that I honed boards for table and benches. It is raw and warping fromContinue reading “Post #3.7, Tuesday, 12-17-2019”

Post #3.5, Wednesday, 12-11-2019

Historical setting: 561 C.E. Gaul “Papa, are you telling me that it was your own father who was the Pharisee with the dreaded skin disease?”          “Yes, it was my father who, just like you, had the scars from the pox. The priests of the temple would not declare him clean even though he wasContinue reading “Post #3.5, Wednesday, 12-11-2019”