** With this Sunday Letteer I return to a weekly Sunday Letter. The rotation will be a traditional Sunday Letter today, next Sunday, a half page of Encouragement & Support. My hope is to provide each reader and friend good reasons to Open, Click, and enjoy each Sunday Letter.
- Three years after our move to Ft. Worth, Beth and I returned to Santa Fe last week. The New Mexico landscape is forever engaging. We truly enjoyed catching-up by visiting with friends, relishing great foods/menus, and appreciating Santa Fe for being Santa Fe. I had the opportunity to participate in the last session of eight years of education and training for nonprofit board members. Then, we enjoyed The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for two days. Delightful walks, lobbies, sofa chairs, fall foliage and the mountains. An easy decision is to return more often to both areas for health and wellness.
** Our favorite breakfast place in Santa Fe, Counter Culture, has new signage for all bathrooms … “People.”
- My collection of short stories, “Let Me Tell You A Story” can be checked out at eight Fort Worth branch libraries, and also the downtown library in Amarillo. If you enjoy a favorite story let me know.
** Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D., is a Santa Fe award winning author, chef, and native food anthropologist. Her new book, “Seed to Plate – Soil to Sky” describes the Magic Eight foods native culture, farming, and preparation brought to the world: corn, beans, squash, chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, vanilla, and cacao. The Precontact Period with Europeans, the Governmental Period, the Slow Food Movement, and Indigenous farming traditions helped me to grasp the sorrow of unjust treatment and policies, and the excitement of today’s teaching and reclaiming of ancestral foods and recipes. Thank you, Lois, you are a hero.
- In Santa Fe our host was Linda Milanesi, Executive Director, Assistance Dogs of the West. We shared her home with three assistance dogs, all Labradors. I experienced “assistance” when I laid my writing pad and glasses beside a sofa chair. While Gilly gathered my papers, Violet brought me my glasses. Both doing what they have been trained to do, assist and take care of their people.
** The biblical reference of the Thursday men’s group at Trinity Episcopal was “To love your God, love your neighbor, and not to forget to Love yourself too.” The concept and image of “Neighbor” is not clear or easy in 2023. Fort Worth is building large condos of 300 units; mental health and guns brings caution; many street corners have someone holding cardboard asking for help, and now Israel and Gaza. So, even knowing your neighbors, much less loving your neighbors is challenging. And yet, that is the commandment, how Jesus answered. Even with these difficulties, we are not relieved of our responsibility to love God, our neighbor, and yes, ourselves too.
Roy, your neighbor