- The back and forth with Amarillo friends has continued in all good ways. Emails, texts, and notes of good wishes, encouragement and even a book order has been emotionally supportive and restoring. I understand not all “go backs” are rewarding. If SL readers have had a positive return experience, please share, and if not positive share that experience also, Thank you Amarillo!
** I recently had the opportunity to talk with two nonprofit Exec. Directors, one in-person in Amarillo and one by cell in Santa Fe. We three are always interested in the best, most effective way to lead an agency or direct a program. Our question as we talked was about our leadership style when: 1) we had reasonable time for staff or board discussion, VERSUS 2) those times when a critical decision is required, under pressure of limited time for consideration or discussion. Different leadership skills are required in both situations. For me, I was comfortable in the second leadership situation. Good people. Good discussion. For SL readers, in which situation are you most comfortable?
- Trees of all kinds are beginning to bud out in our moderate Ft. Worth temperatures. We want our trees to hear our shouting “Wait, wait….there is still winter to come. It is not your season yet.” Spring is not far away by the calendar. Cold weather returns Monday evening. Hang in there dear trees.
** The Folk Mass at Trinity Episcopel had guitars and enjoyable music. Most elements of a traditional Mass were also present: Readings, traditional sermon, the Eucharist. The service closed with the enthusiastic song “Amen” which closed many of the St. Francis house church services where Beth and I met in the spring of 1977.
- Richard gifted me with a commentary on Charles Taylor 2007 classic A Secular Age. Taylor writes of a modern world searching for significance, not bothered by the questions of the divine or transcendence. He asks what it is to be faithful in a secular world. A good and still relevant question.
** Several SL readers have recently experienced the death of long-time pets. Why did the Creator determine a dog’s life span to be 10 to 16 years. James’s had his favorite horse 34 years, some turtles 70 to 100+ years. Jazz, age 13, will have surgery Tuesday to remove two problem growths. This is what we pet owners do for the ongoing presence and health of our pet partners.
Roy, with restored energy and renewed spirit.