Back in Carmel

I’m back in beautiful Carmel, in the home of another friend. (I am truly blessed to have so many kind friends.) Aileen and I have been friends for many years; she is from Ireland and I have Irish ancestry through  both of my grandmothers, so I feel a kinship with Aileen. In both of my…

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Earth Day !

On this Earth Day of my pilgrimage for the Earth I find myself a guest in a multi-million dollar house.  It is a stunning, architectural dream of a house backed up against a hillside studded with indigenous Monterey Pines and coastal oaks and some planted redwoods and exotic maples. The house opens up to the…

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Further musings on self-examination

I had some thoughtful responses to my last post entitled “Holy Week,” especially concerning the concept of sin, and penance for sin. The comments have made me want to explain my thinking a bit more. I am seeking on this pilgrimage, and in life, to understand myself, and the world, better, so that I may…

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Holy Week

Every week is Holy Week, I know. And every day is a holy day, if we treat it as such. And this is the week, leading up to Easter, that remembers the crucufixion of Jesus and celebrates his ascension into the kingdom of heaven. It is said that he gave up his life in order…

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Pilgrims

What is the definition of a Pilgrim and why does my phone want to capitalize it? According to Webster Dictionary, a pilgrim (without the capital P) is “1. a person who travels about; wanderer  2. a person who travels to a shrine or holy place as a religious act  3. Americanism: (P-) any member of…

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Slowly but Surely

As I recover slowly but surely (each day brings more normalcy to my gait) I can’t help but get outside to take in the beauty and the unique qualities of this place. I have been enjoying walks around the yard, and the farm, and even took a bike ride into the town of Gonzales yesterday….

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Prayer

I came across this prayer by Thomas Merton a couple of days ago, on an app I use to assist me in my 12 Step spiritual practice. It brought tears to my eyes immediately, as it speaks directly to me  in this time of uncertainty. Perhaps it will also speak to you: “My Lord God,…

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Corda Road

My friends’ home on Corda Road in Gonzales is a haven for an injured Pilgrim like me. Susie and Robert Gularte have created a place of beauty, comfort and love in their authentic Victorian house. Brought over from Salinas in the 1980s, they transplanted the house onto the family farm in Gonzales. Susie has a…

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River Road to Gonzales

I walked about ten miles along River Road yesterday. Cars were going fast and were abundant for the first several miles. The sights were amazing nonetheless. The sign below talks about Juan Bautista de Anna coming to that site back in the 1700s on his way to the San Francisco Bay Area, for the purpose…

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Now I Walk in Beauty

When my daughter Micaela was young, we participated in various singing circles. One of the songs we sang, which I may well have learned from Mari Lynch, was “Now I Walk in Beauty.” It is purported to be a Native American song. If that’s true, it’s especially fitting for where I have been walking these…

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