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You want to see the whole "nuns" ouvre?  (at least all there is so far?)  Click the pic which will take you to my Flickr page where you can select the three nuns and a cow set and then "view the slideshow".  Enjoy.  You know, or whatever.

"Those who cannot laugh at themselves leave the job for others."

We see in these swift and skillful travelers a
symbol of our life, which seeks to be a pilgrimage and a passage on
this earth for the way of heaven.

Pope Paul VI

When in doubt (or Nevada), pray.  🙂

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher


David wasn’t thinking of being king when he was tending sheep; he was just doing what God sat before him. 
John Fisher 


In Medieval Europe, Monks and Nobility were the only brewers.
Lagering Cellars in the Monasteries were locked, as the Monks guarded
the secrets to their craft. The monks carried keys to these lagering
cellars on their cinch – or belts. It was this key from which the
"Church Key" opener gets its name

(alleged) Source: Anheuser-Busch Knowledge Base; Internal Dbase -via wikipedia


And so by the fifteenth century, on October 8, the
Europeans were looking for a new place to try to get to, and they came
up with a new concept: the West.

Dave Barry

Dscn5409The west was really big (bigger even than this.)

You Are a Newborn Soul

You are tolerant, accepting, and willing to give anyone a chance.
On the flip side, you’re easy to read and easily influenced by others.
You have a fresh perspective on life, and you can be very creative.
Noconformist and nontraditional, you’ve never met anyone who’s like you.

Inventive and artistic, you like to be a trendsetter.
You have an upbeat spirit and you like almost everything.
You make friends easily and often have long standing friendships.
Implusive and trusting, you fall in love a little too easily.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul

Well, I had a lovely visit to the desert and moutains – or is that deserty-mountains… perhaps mountainous-desert….

Anyway, a relaxing and thoughtful time with four of my sisters at the sheep ranch we love the most.  We relaxed, ate amazingly good food, walked, talked, slept (me more than them), prayed, played, took buckets of photographs, had an encounter with a bear, a dog and a lizard, (though not all at the same time, or the same sister), fed the new puppies, watched movies (and I mean lots of them:The Family Stone, Charly and the Chocolate Factory, Firewall, What the
Bleep Do We Know, Nanny McPhee, Serenity, The Mask of Zorro, Failure to
Launch, The Constant Gardener and a few eps of the Daily Show
and The Colbert Report too.) and generally had a break from all things ordinary.  It was retreat and vacation all rolled into one. 

And those nuns and the cow, you ask?  Well, they got around too.  All week I will feature pictures from them… as they send them to me.  The journey begins…


The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.
  – Robert Jackson

Just spent two days facilitating and enjoying a retreat with campus ministry student leaders from my new ministry.  I’m delighted to report that it was a great time and the students were wonderful!  I was a bit nervous going back into a high school setting after many years (10!) away… I’m aware that the youth of today are different from the youth of yesterday.  The world has changed and all that.  These kids were amazing!  So, I am relieved and hopeful.  I am looking forward to the work and the people I’ll be working with. 

On a lighter note… we played games… been a long time since I played Simon Says.  That was FUN.  🙂  I think grown-ups should play more.  Think about your workmates and how interesting it would be to go out to the parking lot once a day and play a quick round of Simon Says… that would break up those workaday glooms, I’m quite sure.

In other news… The nuns (and the cow) wen’t to the Petrified Forest.  See.Dscn5110

Now they’re off to Nevada….  I think they want to see a real sheep ranch

August 2006