Izzie and I drove up to Millinocket, about three and a half hours from here. We enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving dinner with our friend Pat at her son's house. Pat and I played some Cribbage afterwards and I beat her 2 out of 3 games. I'm always amazed at how competitive I get when I play games. It must be a residue from my childhood. Of course back then we played Hearts after the Thanksgiving dinner, using two decks of cards because there were so many of us. Canceling out the Queen of Spades so you didn't have to take it was always a time of great hooting and carrying on. There was also a coffee table cribbage board that always had takers. Somehow playing cards goes with Thanksgiving. It's also a signal that a hot turkey sandwich or a second piece of pie will follow. I had pecan pie. I think it's my favorite, although I wouldn't turn down pumpkin or apple.
This morning I drove Izzie down to Scarborough for her surgery. The vet called me later to say she thought Izzie came through it quite well. She also said there was a lot of material that had oozed out of the damaged disc that she had to clean out. Izzie will be there until Monday. It takes approximately four week for recovery. In the mean time she needs to walk on level surfaces (no stairs). Go outside only on a leash and if she is not supervised, she needs to be confined.
Izzie is a VERY stubborn dog. She doesn't take to pampering very well (except for food). This is going to be a tiring time and I do hope it's worth it. I asked if she would be able to travel after a few weeks and the answer was yes. So, at least right now, I plan on driving the two of us to California for Christmas. Of course, the next two weeks will tell.
When I was ordained in 2000, my son joked "my mother is a father." So the name. I worked as a scientist for over 30 years, first in Boston, then LA, San Francisco area, Denver, D.C, Vienna and back to San Fran. Good training for an interim who has served in Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, California and now Maine.
Isabelle, the little white dog, better known as Izzie has her own blog now.
Rob Voyle has been instrumental in my work as an interim. I highly recommend Appreciative Inquiry as a way of looking at life in a parish, or for life in general.
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Science and Religion
"Yet its [science] enthralling account is not sufficient by itself to quench our thirst for understanding, for science describes only one dimension of the many-layered reality within which we live, restricting itself to the impersonal and general, and bracketing out the personal and unique." In the preface to "Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion" by John Polkinghorne
Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir
wrote this icon under the direction of Alekandr Kharon. It sits in the Lady Chapel of All Saints, San Francisco
New things happen in regimes that we have learned to identify as being 'at the edge of chaos.' Too far on the orderly side of that frontier and things are too rigid for there to be more than a shuffling rearrangement of already existing entities. Too far on the disorderly side and things are too haphazard for any novelties to persist.
John Polkinghorne, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion.
wrote this also under the direction of Aleksandr Kharon. Given to Bp. William Swing, California at his last visit to All Saints'