Category Archives: Friends

Purple flowers, guest collection #194

24 September 2022
Canaan Valley, West Virginia
photo by Laura VanDale

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Purple flowers guest collection #193

September 2022
Fall crocus on high ground
On the road to Santiago de Compostela
Ann Rhee Menzie

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A prayer after thirty minutes on the treadmill

On nights when

Oreos cookies and Snickers candy bars

(and whatever other sweet snacks

may be on sale)

mightily call us,

we thank you God

for your gentle, forceful Holy Spirit

who nudges us to the gym

and meets us on the treadmill.

We thank you for

family and friends

who affirm and support

our response to the Holy Spirit’s work.

May we listen ever more intently

to your Holy Spirit

who calls us to care for one another,

to care for creation,

and to care four ourselves.

May we listen

and may we respond more faithfully,

we pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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Purple flowers, guest collection #192

September 2022
On the road to Santiago de Compostela
Ann Rhee Menzie

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Purple flowers, guest collection #190

6 August 2022
Chanticleer, Pennsylvania
Ann Rhee Menzie

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LIGHTING CANDLES IN THE WIND, by Mark Koenig

Thanks to my friend Krin Van Tatenhove for inviting me to write about hope for his blog.

Reflections on the Journey

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
– Bruce Springsteen, “Into the Fire”

Hope is like lighting candles in the wind…

The northern and southern parts of Sudan engaged in periodic conflict since the country achieved independence in 1956. In at least two instances, the conflict rose to the level where it was considered a civil war. The second began in 1983 and lasted, off and on, until a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was brokered in 2005. The CPA, as it is called, provided that the people of the south could vote to remain part of Sudan or to become their own country. After six years, that referendum finally occurred.

From January 9-15, 2011, the people of southern Sudan had their chance to vote.In support of their effort, an interfaith community in New…

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Purple flowers, guest collection #191

6 August 2022
Chanticleer, Pennsylvania
Ann Rhee Menzie

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Purple flowers, guest collection #189

4 August 2022
Hershey, Pennsylvania
photo by Ann Rhee Menzie

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Purple flowers guest collection #188

18 July 2022
New York
Hazel Man

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22 July 2022

Happy Birthday to me.
Cut the Cake – John McCutcheon
Crowded Table – The Highwomen
That’s the Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
Tapestry – Carole King
I Will Find You – Clannad
This Little Light of Mine – Fannie Lou Hamer
I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah
Golden Feather – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Glory – Common & John Legend
We Shall Remain – Kaolin Johnson
Whiskey in the Jar – Thin Lizzy
These Days – Nico
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes
For a Dancer – Jackson Browne
The Big Fellah – Black 47
All Along the Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Mr. Bojangles – Nina Simone
How Can I Keep from Singing – Eva Cassidy
No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen
Long May You Run – Neil Young
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
The Great Peace March – Holly Near
Let It Be – The Beatles
Younger Men Grow Older – Richie Havens
Carry on Til Tomorrow – Badfinger
Imagine – Willie Nelson
Let the Circle Be Wide – Tommy Sands
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley &The Wailers
Step by Step – Sweet Honey in the Rock
The Weight – Aretha Franklin
Helpless – k.d. lang
Further On – Johnny Cash
My Shot – Hamilton
Cradle to the Grace – Eric Bogle
Find Your Way – Adina Nyree
Peace Anthem – Sera
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
A Song of Peace – David LaMotte
Forever Young – The Band
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Forever Young – Rhiannon Giddens & Iron & Wine
Forever Young – Joan Baez
Forever Young – Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids

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