Monday, October 20, 2008

Ok, apologies...

Wow, was I on a major rant in that last blog. More of a whine, really. Actually, there are so many dissatisfied Americans in dealing with the medical situation in this country, that I think the wheels will have to start turning to take care of these problems. Things seldom happen fast, and I might not live to see it, but I have faith it will happen.

Dad returned from the retreat yesterday. I think he really enjoyed it. He was one of the lucky ones to have a bed in a real house. Others slept in the bunkhouse, campers, RV's, on the floor in the barn, etc. I don't think he would have gone without having a bed. Being 83 does rate some privileges.

My interview went well and I have a good article about the first of our parishoners to be featured in the monthly bulletin. I'll send a copy to anyone who wants to see it - what a life! this local judge was born in Germany, partially educated there and served in the Coast Guard, being caught innocently in the British/German fight which finally sank the Bismarck. He talked to me for a solid hour and I still have writer's cramp in my hand. It was especially vivid for me as all of this happened in my lifetime and I remember it.

I have been watching the tree across the street - it is right in line with my chair so it's sort of a 'meditating tree'. 'Tis a lovely huge Texas red oak. So far, the leaves are all still green. Sometime, probably next month it will begin to turn and will end up being a vivid deep red. The shape is that of a candle flame and the feeling of reaching to Heaven is inescapable. Stay tuned for updates on the meditating tree.

We will be going to Mary Beth's for Thanksgiving. Sarah and Qualan will join us and it will be great to have them all together. I'll miss being with Nancy's crew but one thing at a time. I'm also going to drive to Denton earlier in the month for a large DOK retreat. Since the Nat'l president is an old friend, it will be old home week. Have to drive back Sunday morning as the fall ingathering dinner is that night. As a Vestry wife, I must have a table decoration as well as provide a dessert and host a table. One thing at a time.....

Blessings to all-

4 comments:

Barbara said...

Glad to hear Dad's retreat went well. I would like to see your story about your parishioner; send it on. Every person has a story, but his sounds especially interesting. Your plans for Thanksgiving sound good. Medical costs need to be worked on by the govt. I feel Obama is the candidate who cares about everyone having coverage, but it won't happen overnight, especially with all the economic problems. In the meantime, the meditation tree can be soothing way to avoid worrying about all these problems. Hugs to you and Dad. Love, Barbara

Mary Beth said...

What do the Vestrywomen do? Do they have wives who provide table centerpieces, or do their husbands do that?

:)

Ii'd love to see the story about the judge!

And as you know, I'm right there with Barbara about Obama...

love you

Mary Beth said...

Hey, here's another Meditation Tree you might like to explore:

http://www.myinnerworld.com/index.html?j=tree

MJ said...

Poor vestrywomen have to do the centerpieces AND be on the vestry. Double jeopardy.

I'll get the judge's story off to you ladies soon.