Monthly Archives: October 2017

Farewell to the Matrix

MatrixTransition is the nature of life. For individuals, families, communities, nations, the world, change happens.

Our family is no different. We have passed through many changes through the years.

This year has brought an acceleration of change. Eric graduated from seminary as did his fiancé, Essie. They remained engaged for about five days after their graduation and then, in a wonderful celebration, they became Eric and Essie Koenig-Reinke. And then they moved to Michigan for jobs with First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

Tricia received a new job in Louisville with the Office of the General Assembly. I received a new job in New York with the Presbytery of New York City.

Sean and grandpuppy Henrik have been the eye of calm in the midst of all the changes.

This weekend, we have gathered in Cleveland Heights for Eric’s ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will take place at Noble Road Presbyterian Church where Eric grew up and where he remains a member, until his ordination.

We all stayed in the house on Navahoe Road that Tricia and I rented in 1985 when we came to Noble Road. Tricia has stayed in the house ever since, which we finally came to own a couple years ago. This may be the last time we all stay together here, although thanks to a dear family friend, Renee Boykin, we will continue to own the house. Renee will rent.

Another marker of this time of transition came when Eric pulled into the driveway on Friday night driving a Toyota Matrix. It had been my car, purchased in 2004, and it is my favorite of all the cars I have owned or co-owned.

Now it has Michigan plates and belongs to Eric. Of course he has been driving it since I first moved to New York in 2010. But the title remained in my name and Tricia and I paid the insurance bill. And it still felt like mine.

No longer. Eric transferred the title a while back, put on the Michigan plates and started paying for the insurance. The Matrix is his.

An era ends. A new one begins.

Farewell, Matrix.

See you along the Trail.

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Bumper to bumper
the traffic coiled around Cleveland’s east side,
tail lights in the darkness
provided an illusion of a unified being,
undulating around the city,
a metal and glass reminder of the
black snake to which we are addicted
even as it chokes the Mother

27 October 2017
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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Purple flowers, guest collection #77

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photo by Sera Chung
25 October 2017
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio

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Purple not flowers, travel gear


22 October 2017
Richmond, Virginia

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How are you tomorrow?

One of the usual employees was working the counter where I set my items.

“How are you?” he asked.

“Doing well,” I replied.

“And how are you tomorrow?” he inquired.

I paused as I pondered his question. A number of possible responses flashed through my mind.

And then I thought of Adolfo and others who had died too soon, too young, too suddenly. And I remembered that tomorrow is not promised. While planning for the future is important, this day, this time, this moment is all we have for certain.

Focusing on this moment, we can live. Truly live. Fully live. May it be so.

See you along the Trail.


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Purple flowers, West 12th Street


16 October 2017
Manhattan, New York
There appears a resemblance to caterpillars

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Purple flowers, Old Louisville #43

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1 October 2017
Old Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

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