Month: July 2014


A revolutionary line in a revolutionary prayer


  A REVOLUTIONARY PRAYER Give us this day our daily bread. It rolls of the tongue so easily. The phrase just flows and tumbles out of our mouths like water flowing over pebbles and, some days, like rubble tumbling from a demolition dump truck. Give us this day our daily...

ingredients


  The ingredients of a life are important.  Last night as I made dinner, I watched as Cass and I assembled the ingredients for our super.  He prepped the pans while I cut the Chanterelle mushrooms.  Then he diced the fresh sage and I got the fresh Gnocchi into boiling...

Peace


  Prague at night is gentle and romantic.  This view, not far from my apartment, shows off the cathedral set like a great, blood-red Czech garnet in a setting of sapphires and yellow diamonds of palaces ringing the church like bees around their queen. She sits magnificent, huge, matriarchal and...

dynamos and dinner


  Jesus' energy is often referred to by the Greek word "dynamos" which refers to the released energy which makes something happen.  It is how we get the words dynamite, dynamic and dynamism.  Dynamos is a particular kind of energy in that it is creative and not destructive.  Even Dynamite...

goat cheese and quietness


This is my new friend Pavel.  He is  a purveyor of fine cheeses.  We became friends because we both love good cheeses and we spent an enjoyable afternoon at the farmer's market discussing cheeses. Fresh vegetables, cured meats and cheese are an ancient source of life.  As the first churches...

Clementinum


  What I notice about the changes of mid-life-  that phase of life after 50 years on the planet to which we rather optimistically refer- is that the pressure on my bucket-list is full-on.  There are parts of the planet I want to see.  All we humans desire is to...

Kaddish


  Deep in a corner of Prague's magic and mystery lies a jagged scar like so many in Eastern Europe. It seems so far away. It seems covered up by monitors and iPods, sausages in sour cabbage and broken statues of Stalin. It waits.  Elegance personified like a great, grey...

authentic glory


  One of the hard aspects of being in Prague is that I do lot like baroque architecture.  There is a lot of it. Luckily I like sausage, roasted pig knuckle, potato pancakes and cabbage a lot -  and so - all is well. It would be easy to simply...

compassion for God


  In a parish church near my apartment in Prague is this side chapel dedicated to Mary in the Grotto.  Or perhaps it is dedicated to some woman in a grotto - I could not translate the Czech.  Regardless, this image of a saint being visited by God in a...