- I have completed a series of Physical Therapy education, retraining and strengthening with Ken, a true professional. A new learning is how repeated exercises of small muscles will strengthen larger muscles and smoother/stronger walking, rising from a chair…..more.
** A Buddhist temple in northern Thailand has closed. Four monks and the Abbott have entered rehab for methamphetamine addiction. The villagers living around the temple are upset. The villagers earned “goodness” points by providing food to the monks. A cycle of connected lives interrupted.
- I attend a monthly Open Mic night at a local coffee shop. There are usually 5 to 7 who attend. Usually, a mix of guitars/original music, poets, and several writers of stories. I have also “spoken” my stories as storyteller, not writer. When I attend the benefits are1) feel the energy by being with other creatives, 2) to hear my story out loud, so different than reading on screen or paper, and 3) to practice reading to an audience. Anyone else have an Open Mic story?
From last week, the Buffy Saint-Marie message lingers: “The key is remaining just aloof enough from a painting (or writing – RB note) so that you know when to stop.”
- In a news report a climate advocate used the term “Climate Justice.” The term is empowering, a claiming of power and right cause.
** On a zoom call Friday, a friend who knows the big theological picture, told us during Covid thousands and thousands of Lutheran and Episcopel priests retired or left active ministry. The reasons vary from health, age, challenges of being “the face” of a local or national movement, or the wear down of growing criticism, and losing or limiting the role of independent leader. I am confirming the significant number for next Sunday.
- Good, honest conversation with long-time friend Tom about my next steps are as Writer. I told Tom I was moving from defining my 2nd career as a writer to broadening my future contribution to role as Communicator…whatever paper, screen, camera, digital pad, blog, podcast, audience, platform or package. Whatever Communicator may mean for me, I will explore, including writing always.
** I wanted to donate my book of short stories of FW Library, beginning with the branch library nearest to me. Sound simple, right? Almost two months later, and multiple calls, I now find out i am “in line for cataloging.” No explanation of what that means, or time-frame. Disappointing. But then, again, my view small….the Central library’s systems of “this is how we do things” of course larger, more complex. I can hear my friend Steve saying, “Patience, pilgrim, patience.,”
Roy, healthy once again