Notes from the Waxhaws

Something completely different

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The worst of the summer heat appears to be over here in the Carolinas. Daytime temps are still up in the 80-90 degree range, but the nights are definitely getting cooler…sinking into the mid-50s. Autumn is in the air…the haze is clearing…one can almost breathe again. My plan this year to embrace the hot summer months, rather than dreading and complaining, seems to have worked…even after a long string of 100 degree days. It wasn’t that unbearable…but maybe I had other things on my mind…or maybe just getting older makes one less susceptible to the heat…whatever.  But…now that I can sense that the dog days are in their last throes…Yippee!  That’s the nice thing about having four distinct seasons…there’s always some different weather to look forward to.

Lately, I’ve been reading a book by Brian McLaren, Finding Our Way Again. It’s about returning to the ancient practices or disciplines that made Christianity a way of life, rather than just a system of beliefs. It’s the first introductory volume to a series of seven other books by various authors, dealing with such topics as prayer, fasting, the liturgical year, and pilgrimages. I like the fact that he stresses the commonality of many of these practices among the various flavors or denominations of Christianity, as well as how they are being rediscovered as a way to reintegrate our faith into our everyday lives. His discussion of the threefold way of Katharsis, Fotosis, and Theosis (using the Greek Orthodox terminology) is alone worth the price of the book.

Towards the end, there are some haunting lyrics from a song, Closer to the Light, by Bruce Cockburn, that capture the feeling of being left behind after the death of someone near and dear, but at the same time hint of the mystery awaiting all of us…

There you go
Swimming deeper into mystery
Here I remain
Only seeing where you used to be
Stared at the ceiling
‘Til my ears filled up with tears
Never got to know you
Suddenly you’re out of here
Gone from mystery into mystery
Gone from daylight into night
Another step deeper into darkness
Closer to the light

Belle napping

And now for something completely different (homage to Monty Python)

I think that I may have  invented the perfect breakfast sandwich…and it only takes a minute to make. First, take one King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Roll (which are temptingly the approximate size of a White Castle hamburger) and slice horizontally in half, spreading both halves with your choice of butter or margarine (I use Smart Balance buttery spread)…not too much. Then place one MorningStar Farms veggie sausage pattie (either the Original, Maple-flavored, or Hot and Spicy variety) onto a paper towel, and place in the microwave on high for exactly one minute. When the microwave beeps or dings, place the veggie sausage pattie onto the roll. Enjoy with your morning beverage of choice (mine is currently a cup of Seattle’s Best…Level 4…formerly known as Henry’s Blend, coffee). Ahh…there’s something about a good-for-you sausage pattie made of vegetable protein between that sweet, and probably not-so-good-for-you, Hawaiian role. One of life’s little pleasures…

Breakfast of Champions

Written by Jim

September 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

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