Monthly Archives: January 2012

Young legs on the ground

I have known for some time that, in moments of need and crisis, Tricia and I can count on Sean and Eric to come through. They have done so. Again and again, they have done so.

Yet no matter how long I have known, I still experience a thrill of elation each time it happens. It did so again yesterday.

My mother is hospitalized following surgery on a broken hip. She faces another couple days in the hospital, then a couple weeks of rehabilitation. My stepfather and aunt provide her support network. They have told us again and again that no one needs to come.

I believe that they mean that. But as I thought about what they face – traveling to the hospital, keeping their places clean, buying groceries and other supplies, shoveling snow should that come, caring for my mother, and caring for themselves, it became clear to me that, no matter what they say, they could use some help.

And as I thought about who might provide that help, I thought of Eric. He graduated in December and currently is among the many seeking a job. He has some options, but nothing definite yet. For a while he had stayed in Cleveland; ten days or so ago he went back to Bowling Green where he has an apartment through the summer. He could go to Pennsylvania, I realized. He could provide “young legs on the ground.”

I talked over the idea with Tricia who agreed. I then tried to call my aunt. She did not answer and she has not set up her phone for voice mail. I then called Eric. He did not answer, but he does have his phone set to receive voice mail. I asked him to call me back.

A short time later, Eric called. I explained my idea.

He took all of about 2.41 seconds to think before he said, “I could do that.” We talked about what it would look like and when he could get to Pennsylvania. I said I needed to talk to my aunt and I would get back to him when I did.

After hanging up with Eric, I called her again. She answered. I said I thought Eric should visit for a while – an indefinite period at this point. She agreed.

Today, Eric drove from Bowling Green to Cleveland. Tomorrow, he plans to head to Pennsylvania. Young legs on the ground.

I have known for some time that, in moments of need and crisis, Tricia and I can count on Sean and Eric to come through. Yet no matter how long I have known, I still experience a thrill of elation each time they do. Eric did so yesterday. Sean will do so when his turn comes.

See you along the Trail.

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N is for Newsprint

Not the most ecological,
and that wonders one a bit,
but some times
and some tasks
require creativity
and a hard copy.

27 October 2009

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M is for Making Merry

Many a soul
has enjoyed
many a good time.

17 July 2011

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Excuses? Explanations?

I have fallen way behind in terms of Ghost Ranch images.

I have fallen way behind in terms of monitoring the death penalty.

I have fallen behind. There are reasons. The fact that the Steelers lost and fell out of the playoffs is not among them. At least not on a conscious level.

We hosted a two-week Doctor of Ministry class at work. The class met from 9 to 5 each day. The evening then became a time to catch up.

On Monday, I came to Louisville for a week of meetings. Evening again served as a time to do what could not be done during the meeting – well, at least some of what could not be done..

I remain so far behind that I no longer know how far behind I am. I no longer know what it would look like to not be behind.

But I got a bunch done today so I am taking some time tonight to work on the blog – at least this post. I guess you will discover tomorrow if I have added anything else.

I have thrown on the old Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan movies – from when he was young. Mindless entertainment. Although now and then when I realize that James Earl Jones really is in Conan the Barbarian, I have to wonder why. The values and the acting and the plot and the dialogue does make me, what word do I want? Oh yes. Grimace. It makes me grimace from time to time. But it does help pass the time.

Hopefully I am back for a bit.

See you along the Trail.

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L is for Lady

For many years, until her death, in 2010,
Lady roamed the Ghost Ranch,
creating memories that linger,
inspiring stories that continue to be told.

Technically true.
By traditional understandings of personhood,
Lady should not appear in this category.
She is a horse.
I know that.

But, as anyone who visited Ghost Ranch can tell you,
during her years on the ranch,
Lady demonstrated
(again and again and again) that
she had a personality;
she had a presence.

We see her still.

(And she has her own Facebook page.)

24 August 2010

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K is for Kin

A generational tradition

an intergenerational experience

families of all sizes and styles

visit the ranch together;

even part of mine

12 July 2011

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J is for Joy

Joy:
a common experience at Ghost Ranch.

25 October 2009

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