Profoundly impacted by the lyrics and vocals of “Benediction of the Trees”, written and performed by Derek Dibbern, I share his music and also images of trees I’ve taken through the years in different seasons and from various states and countries. Derek and I met at St. Benedict Center several years ago and our paths… Continue reading Benediction of the Trees
“However well satisfied you are with your own skill or intelligence, never forget how much there is that remains unknown to you.” -Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis There’s so much we don’t know, so much we don’t see, so much we can’t understand. There is a story behind everything and we aren’t always privy… Continue reading A Story Behind Everything
Last week I enjoyed the stability of an icy day. The Benedictine vow of stability provides for our need to be rooted in Christ, to be grounded in the present moment, and practicing gratitude regardless of our circumstances and of the uncertain future. Seasons come and go, “but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah… Continue reading An ICY snow day reflection
The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always? Today’s weather, on this day of the inauguration, reflects how I have felt for several weeks now. It’s a little dreary, foggy, rainy; the road ahead is unclear. But weather can change quickly in Nebraska, so I imagine that my feelings will likely change soon enough… Continue reading The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?
It’s finally here…Nebraska’s 150th birthday! And I can finally share the photograph of Christ the King Priory that is in The “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit. I submitted five photos of Christ the King Priory to a photography contest called Bridges, sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, to highlight historic treasures in all 93 counties to… Continue reading Bridges Photo Exhibit: 150 years, 93 counties, and my favorite place!
It’s Nebraska’s 150th birthday next year, but I get to blow out the candles and make the wish!! I know you aren’t supposed to share a birthday wish, but this is a secret I can’t keep. My wish: To share with everyone in Nebraska (and beyond) my favorite place in the whole world—a Benedictine monastery and… Continue reading A Nebraska Birthday Wish
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust Photography is my hobby. Maybe a professional photographer would take issue with me for using the word “photography”. I have no professional training. I haven’t taken any adult education classes, even though it’s on my want-to-do-that-one-of-these-days list. I… Continue reading Seeing With New Eyes