Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Love VS 50
|We began dating my senior year, December 1968. Jeff and Roxanne convinced her to invite me to the Arlington Heights High School Backwards Dance.|
Lynn had joined my church All Saints Episcopal. We attended pre-marriage class with Father Dewolf. Since we were getting married in December during advent, we had to get the Bishops, permission. We were allowed to use the Chapel, perfect it was a small wedding.
|Saturday, December 19, 1970|
Are all 50th Anniversary's on the same day?
|Muzz and Nandy's 50th|
Married Friday, December 8, 1922
Friday, December 8, 1972, Hmm, they were married young also in December. I read a book once on Universal Patterns.
|Sister Ginger and Lynn serving Cake and Punch at Muzz and Nandy's 50th|
We recall going to my Grandparents 50 year Anniversary celebration held at their First Baptist Church in Grandview, Texas. My father remarked to me that a 50 year anniversary is pretty incredible and of course the celebration is an event not to be missed. I recently checked out the statistics and it is somewhere around 7% of marriages that make the 50 year mark. We do not find it "that" remarkable. For one thing I am the forever optimist and Lynn has the genes of a Missouri native American so her senses are as full as they can get along with her intuition. Ours lives and careers centered around family and community so the supportive environment I am sure contributed to this moment. We were sure our purpose in life was our children, only to find out later that it wasn't them at but it was our Grandkids!
From Ft. Worth, Arlington, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and Mustang Island, The Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters, Seattle and Puget Sound waters, and now back to Austin, Texas we are grateful for the friends, family and communities that made each of those years a shared learning experience full of love and gratitude. We don't look back often, mostly enjoying right now
Monday, November 30, 2020
First I must give thanks to Thomas Logan who introduced me to several books during our early years that stimulates the mind and encourages questions. Our generation, as most, searched for the answers to the challenges they inherit from the previous generations. It's the age old quandary of what am I doing here and how do I proceed. So certain books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, (which of course stimulated research on Buddism). The Teachings of Don Juan and a text on Quantum Physics, among other readings that might lead to a direction.
Given the predicament of the covid-19 crises it seems that we again have time to think about such things and the idea of "Time" has naturally come to my mind for not so unique reasons. I again turned to looking at a couple of sources. I recently watched a documentary on Albert Einstein. Time is one component of the essential theory's to our modern age.
To put time into human terms though takes a bit more so Buddhism again provides the best complement (I believe ) to the complexity of Quantum Physics. The following was taken from a Buddhist website that I misplaced the link to : (just Google Zen Buddhist explanation of time)
Very basically, in most schools of Buddhism, it is understood that the way we experience time -- as flowing from past to present to future -- is an illusion. Further, it could be said that the liberation of Nirvana is liberation from time and space.
Zen Buddhism, in particular, stresses this very significant insight. Here's the Sixth Patriarch, Ch'an Master Hui-neng:
"In this moment there is nothing that comes to be. In this moment there is nothing that ceases to be. Thus there is no birth-and-death to be brought to an end. Thus the absolute peace in this present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and herein lies eternal delight."