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Appreciations and reflections out of Durham, NC

Quality beach time with Anna and Farmer Cate. 

Edenton’s farmers market crabs.

After a great day at work. This is week three of my chaplaincy internship. Exploring my role as a chaplain while identifying as an atheist and humanist.
Compassion and listening can take someone a long way. 

After a great day at work. This is week three of my chaplaincy internship. Exploring my role as a chaplain while identifying as an atheist and humanist.

Compassion and listening can take someone a long way. 

I relish my bathroom’s natural light.

I relish my bathroom’s natural light.

But in a way, sharing in the awkwardness was sharing in our uncertainty, and sharing in the silence was sharing in our unknowing.

—Woman quoted by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner,  A Primer in Pastoral Care (2005, page 23)

Another favorite community spot here in Durham, the Bulls Stadium.
Beautiful night for a game.

Another favorite community spot here in Durham, the Bulls Stadium.

Beautiful night for a game.

Was feeding Meg’s chickens when I came across this little guy.

A five leaf clover. Feeling super lucky.

Was feeding Meg’s chickens when I came across this little guy.

A five leaf clover. Feeling super lucky.

Some nights I would wake up and not remember a thing, but I would feel epic and vulnerable.

—Timothy Zane Reavis, from his poem, “Apocalypse in A-Minor

Chicken and garden sitting for Meg.

Chicken and garden sitting for Meg.

Exploring my new neighborhood.

Exploring my new neighborhood.

Zucchini Garden Chowder. A miracle recipe found at the perfect time to incorporate summer’s plenty and coincidental supplies.

Thank you again, Simply In Season cookbook!

Seven Principles of Paradise

Boss Manatee’s Seven Principles of Paradise:

  1. The First Presiding Principle of Paradise is that everyone’s basic needs are met.
  2. Society is organized in a manner in which each participant is able by volition to maximize his or her physical, intellectual, social, and creative potential.
  3. The individual acts in consideration of the whole, and the whole is organized in consideration of the individual.
  4. Paradise preserves and celebrates the intrinsic difference between people groups and cultures, while providing the conditions for each to thrive.
  5. Society exists symbiotically with its natural environment to ensure the maximum longevity of the human race and the species that cohabit the Earth with it.
  6. The state of this Society is sought and maintained by collective and constant inquiry, adjustment, and refinement.
  7. IT WILL NOT BE PARADISE FOR ANYONE UNTIL IT IS PARADISE FOR EVERYONE.

Boss Mantee is the start-up design and apparel company of Tim Reavis, a native of Durham and resident of Raleigh. I just met him Friday night and feel better for it.

Wow. The creativity and heart around us! I marvel. And am encouraged.

Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake in the making. For Megan’s birthday.

Open Mic Downtown Durham

I can’t make this, but hope others can enjoy:

Got Spoken Word, Got Vocals, Got tunes, Got a Truth to Speak? Bring it to Open Mic for Pleiades Gallery Truth to Power Night.

FRIDAY, July 18th, 6-9pm 
on Five Points Plaza, downtown Durham
109 East Chapel Hill Street

Free. Open to the public. Sign up at the stage starting at 6pm, Friday.