Plans for a fall trip to New Mexico and Ghost Ranch fell apart yesterday as I realized I had failed to read my calendar properly. I am deeply disappointed that things have gone awry. This will be the first year in a while that I have not made such a trip. I had already begun to pencil in an itinerary that included attending a Menaul School football game. After spending a few days in Colorado, I realized anew how much that part of the country feeds my spirit and nurtures my soul. But this year, it is not to be.
Disappointed as I am, I recognize that this “problem” fails to amount to a hill of beans in this broken and battered world. After a primal scream of sorts, where I acknowledged my privilege, I have begun making plans – plans for what I will do in the New York city area during those days – and plans to increase the likelihood that next year, I will view this in person once again:
Assuming I have read my calendar correctly this time and assuming I can make the plans come together, my alternatives for the fall should result in a fairly significant, in the extremely privileged, not amounting to a hill of beans sense of significance, announcement late in October or early in November.
See you along the Trail.
I helped lead a dialogue session on being a diverse, including community for representatives of Menaul School. Eric Law was the main trainer and I had the privilege of helping. It was a good experience. Tomorrow we work with all the faculty, staff, administration, and volunteers. Saturday is an event for the larger Albuquerque community.
Eating has not gone well although it has not been high calorie foods that I have been overeating.
Stats: 2.25 miles on Menaul School track; 10,084 steps
Today’s exercise involved walking two miles around the Menaul School track. It was good fun.
Then came the opportunity to preach at chapel. That takes place every day and lasts about 15 minutes. There were a couple of announcements. Then the brief worship service. One of the students read the scripture. Chaplain Buddy Monahan did the introduction and off we went. I think it went a bit long – but even those students who were going to lunch after the chapel hung in and listened well. A fun experience.
Eric Law got in a bit before 7:00. We had dinner at the Range Cafe – a local chain. It was pretty good. The one where we went is actually located next to a Days’ Inn where I have stayed on a number of occasions when I have been in Albuquerque. But I never tried the restaurant before. We did some planning for tomorrow and agreed to meet for breakfast to continue.
See you along the Trail.