Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
If you enjoy reading fiction I recommend this book immediately. Please get a copy now. I read a book I like about once a month, but I rarely read a book I love and I love this book. I want to hop on a plane to Guernsey, and as someone who went to Prince Edward Island to see where my beloved Anne lived, I know Guernsey is now definitely on my travel list.
I was emoting in the office this afternoon and a colleague asked me what was the book about. It's about England and the Channel Islands, during and after WWII, and people who lived there. It's also about the most engaging characters I've come across in a long time of reading.
Would love to know your favorite books, dear gentle readers. Always looking for book recommendations.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I don't want to be misleading, but living in New York City isn't all glamor all the time. Sometimes, like tonight when I was changing subway lines going home, it was the bright lights of Times Square that you see above. But, that's only a part of the story.
Beginning in July of 2005 my office moved across the East River to a very gritty part of Queens. I was distraught. I gave up my view of the Statue of Liberty and my beloved Lower Manhattan for car repair shops, empty lots and razor wire. I am grateful for my friends who listened to me whine about the new offices (and sometimes still listen), but it's not been an easy transition.
There has been one plus. I discovered just three subway stops further into Queens two new favorite stores. One is Deal $5 and Less, the source of all cleaning supplies, sandwich bags and
plastic cups. And the others is Michaels. There are no Michaels in Manhattan and I'd never been in one until about two years ago. I can happily wander through the store looking at ink pads and scrapping supplies and having a fine time, which is exactly what I did tonight.
Now if this was a novel instead of a blog the ending of this post would be very different. The heroine -- me -- would have learned the lesson that she can be happy anywhere and in the last chapter finds the office is moving to a more wonderful area in Manhattan than the one she left. Alas, but it's real life and I'm still working among the car repair storefronts and empty lots. But even in the worst collection of fat dark rain clouds there are still streaks of silver in the linings. In these clouds I have found discount dish washing detergent and the inspiration for home made cards. So yes, dear and gentle readers I am a very lucky duck!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
My walk continued up Broadway -- over the sidewalks we saw last week, and past Trinity Church which is shown in the background of this picture. I'm standing at Nassau Street and Wall Street and it's the usual rush hour crowd. We're right around the corner from the New York Stock Exchange. If you look very carefully you can see the cranes that are part of the construction equipment for the World Trade Center site.
Turning in the opposite direction and a block from my subway stop is Federal Hall, with its statue of George Washington on the front steps. This building was once too, a customs house, but more importantly it was on this site -- though in a building not preserved -- that Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States. There are interesting exhibitions here and currently there is one marking the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 1809.
I've really enjoyed sharing one of my favorite walks in one of my favorite places. Thanks so much for joining me.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Hugs and wishes and sweet thoughts for the week ahead!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Each person chooses one psalm for daily recitation. The psalm may be a favorite of yours or one that chosen after looking through the Book of Psalms. Another tradition is to choose the psalm that reflects your age. The recitation of psalms for those who are ill is a long tradition and one of great power and comfort.
When I began this blog in the winter, one of the things that was most troubling was that my dear friend, Barbara, was facing major surgery and a difficult diagnosis. The surgery was difficult, but successful, but the diagnosis has grown very bleak. Barbara is a wonderful person. She lives not quite a mile away and we share holidays, vacations, study, services, lunches, movies, prayer and reflection. This blog was going to be the happy, peppy blog, but this is just too big a piece of my life to omit. If any of my dear blog friends would like to join the psalm circle -- just one psalm once a day -- I would be delighted.
A little bit of Buttercup trivia -- my favorite psalm is psalm 126 and my favorite verse is verse 5,
"May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!"
Blessings to all, dear gentle readers and a sweet night!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Kathy, summer 1973
Sunday, May 10, 2009
During the morning baccalaureate program the sound of thunder was distant. It came every few minutes, just often enough to remind me that our perfect day could be spoiled any minute. It rumbled low and not so low throughout the program. Throughout the morning and into the graduation afternoon there was both sun and clouds, a lot of clouds. But the rain never came. We needed no umbrellas. We weren't banished to the gym to watch the program over closed circuit television and despite all the rumbles of thunder, low and not so low, the day held all the happiness that a graduation should have.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Please pray for sunshine in Indiana. If not we will be watching the graduation from a bleacher seat in the gym watching on closed circuit television, instead of the beautiful outdoor ceremony I am hoping for. I once sat through a graduation in the gym and the bleachers do get tough for lots of sitting.
Wishes to all for a sunny weekend!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Once again, a cheer for turnips and veggie friends and for all friends of veggies and visitors to Buttercupland! Please stop by often.