Aloha Friday Message – August 3, 2010 – Poems to My Peace – 6



Sometime she and I
and our favorite poet
go away alone together
to feel the sea spray
and try to copy the screech
of sea gulls who greet us in passing.
We collect shells and driftwood
and read our poems.
I read the poet’s
she reads to me
and the day swells and ebbs with the sea.

Other times she and I
dance wildly in the wind.
She always musses my hair
and cools my skin;
then she laughs at us both
and warms me with her embrace.
Afterwards we lie quietlyDuck DO gossip, you know ...
behind the cattails
and listen to the ducks
gossiping about duck things.

In the evenings, we like to watch the embers
and in them see all the great cities.
With brandy, pipe, and song,
we celebrate the crescent moon
and laugh away its opal clouds.

She and I go everywhere
and anywhere we want to go
just as easily as saying it.

But sometimes we just stay at home
and talk about where we’ve been.

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Time spent with people we love doing things we enjoy together is time well spent. Even if that time is spent only reminiscing, it is still time spent together. We can spend time with loved ones even when they are absent from us because L♥ve binds all things, all places, and all persons into Unity, and Unity is the simplest expression of Peace. Unity is the integral expression of God. He is One, absolutely and eternally. Everything that comes together in Unity – “U-N-I together” – is part of that Ultimate Integrity, the most fundamental and essential aspect of Deity. When I do not need to hold my peace but am instead held in Peace, Unity transports us “everywhere and anywhere we want to go just as easily as saying it.”

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New things: We finally got rid of my old 1993 Ford Astro Island Van. Crucita talked the guys a Mid-Pac Auto Center into giving us (literally giving) five-hundred bucks for the poor thing. Once that was over, we drove off in a 2007 Mazda B3000 White Pick-Up with a real nice Duo-Sport package. Thanks to the astute management of the Minister of Finance (a/k/a Crucita), it’s totally paid for, so we’ve nothing but the insurance to pay for. Part of the promotional deal we got in on was Free Oil Change and Filter every 6 months or 5000 miles as long as we own the vehicle. We’re pretty happy about all the blessing associated with this change! PTL!!

Tim has relocated, but is still in Portland. He seems to be doing alright, and we thank God for that. Your prayers on his behalf are working, so please keep up the good work! I hope that one day soon he’ll know and understand what we read in 1 Cor 8:6 and Roman 10:9-10

Cherie and Tommy, Willie, Charles, and Miranda are all also doing well. We get reports 2-3 times a week on William’s transformation” after spending 5 weeks with Gamma and Papa-Chick. Our expectation is that his folks will be able to sustain that.

Crucita’s year is off to a rough start. When she and the other teachers returned to work it was to find out that the schedules for the students – not just her students but ALL students – were not ready yet. Of course this caused quite an uproar and there were lots of people upset. The person who is the registrar had two difficult realities to deal with: It was her first experience in this job and the Hawaii Department of Education has implemented a new registration system totally unlike what was used before. Like we often say in our household; “It’s like trying to paint an accurate picture of a camel while riding it at full gallop through a sand storm at night.” The likelihood of full success is rather small. Nonetheless, Crucita is determined to focus on what is best for the kids and, after them, for the parents. We thank God daily for your continued prayerful support for her mission there.

Life in our Parish at St. Catherine’s is one of the best gifts God has given us. We’ve kind of taken the summer off what with Willie being with us, but we are eagerly looking forward to returning to our ministries as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, and of course our Religious Education class for sixth graders. We’ve had some wonderful kids go through our classes!!

As you know, I can go on and on, and I really should not. So, let me close by saying, “If you haven’t sent the Old Dufus a note lately, take a crack at it and just let me know what you’ve been up to lately, OK?

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever — at your service.


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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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