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A good remembering

I spent the last couple of days in Louisville. When I moved to Manhattan, I removed the WiFi and cable from the Shire near the Ohio. I don’t regret that decision, but it led to some privileged whining on my part.

The lack of cable proves no great loss. I have a DVD player there (purchased years ago for me by Sean and Eric) and a television set: a very, very small television set as people have repeatedly said. But it works and a trip to Half Price Books yielded a number of movies to view: Andersonville, Valkyrie, Wyatt Earp, and  Pirates of the Caribbean 4. They made for good entertainment.

But, multitasking became a major challenge. An air card seemed a good way to access the Internet. It would allow work to proceed while movies played in the background (which makes for all sorts of surprises as different viewings reveal different aspects of the movie).

For whatever reason or reasons, the air card did not function well. This resulted in a great deal of whining and complaining on my part.

After a bit of scenery-chewing and some texts to family and friends, I realized the foolishness of my complaints. In a world where children hunger, people have no work, illness strikes, war rages, exploitation occurs, violations happen, my problems came from a privileged position. Annoying problems. But trivial compared to what so many others face. And embarrassing.

A good remembering – not a learning – I already knew that. A good remembering. Hopefully in the future, I will remember sooner.

See you along the Trail.

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Home soon

John Fogerty wrote:

Put a candle in the window, ’cause I feel I’ve got to move.
Though I’m going, going, I’ll be coming home soon,
‘Long as I can see the light.

While cruising Half Price Books, I came across a Joe Cocker CD that I had not seen before: Hymn for My Soul. It includes a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit, “Long as I Can See the Light.”

Cocker’s rasping voice seems (to me at least) made for Fogerty’s lyrics and tune. The arrangement further complements both singer and song, creating a mood of longing, heartache, and hope that grabbed me when I first put it in the rental car CD player and has me hooked still.

The song has been a favorite of mine since I first heard CCR’s version. Cocker’s version touches my heart and spirit in new ways.

Perhaps it do so with such power because of the amount of time I spend “going, going.” I spend many days on the road. I am there now.

Perhaps it has to do with my uncertainty of how to know where I will end up when I say, “I’ll be coming home soon.”

Where is home? At least I know that when I am asked that question the assumed answer is somewhere in the United States. The words do not implicitly question my presence in this country as they do for so many of my friends. My privilege grants me that.

But (to pull a snippet from another CCR song), when pondering where is home “And I wonder, I still wonder.”

Is it where I am? Is it something of a moveable feast?

Where my family is? If so, which of those places?

Where I grew up? And have not lived for almost 40 years.

Where I own (or am owned by) property? If so, which of those places?

Perhaps it is those places whose windows hold candles for me – those places where I am welcome by family, friends, sisters and brothers in Christ. Thanks to all who have such places with such candles.

And because there are more than a few such places of welcome:

Though I’m going, going, I’ll be coming home soon,
‘Long as I can see the light.

Somewhere. Sometime.

See you along the Trail.

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