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Looking up

While I was trying to be attentive to beauty in the ordinary, hence noticing the sidewalks, I also realized that there is still beauty to be attended to in things which most agree are beautiful. Mountains in the distance, a brilliant yellow flowered tree shading the walk, palm trees lining the roadway, and people working out in the public sports park.

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Sidewalks

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As I attend to being more vigilant about noticing beauty, I realized I was walking on it.  Sidewalks here are works of art.  But in their functionality they tend to become dirty and stained.  Much like us.  Then I notice the men and women who scrub the walks in front of their shops and realize that they have become metaphors for God.  We are created for beauty and function but get messed up and God in Christ comes with soapy water to scrub us clean again.  It’s all love and renewal And therefore death like birth is a new beginning.

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Life and Death

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Enjoying the opportunity to notice beauty in things I pass every day.  This morning I saw some beautiful crown of thorns.  I have one at home but the flowers are tiny compared to their tropical cousins.  Crown of thorns reminds me too that we are approaching the dark time of the Christian year.  My plant blooms around Holy Week and the blooms are a vivid scarlet, truly resembling drops of blood on thorny branches.  Death has been much on my mind of course with Mark’s health being so precarious. Like so many things, death can be an obsessive issue for people.  Some obsess by defiance engaging in activities which risk the possibility of death, or intensify the sense of being alive.  Others numb the reality in a variety of other ways, and there are those who enter into a personal style which celebrates death.  I continue to wonder about this in relation to the fascination with vampire stories and clubs.  But in the face of the loss and pain involved in the death of a loved one, it can be easy to lose sight of the love and joy and beauty which surround us.  Depression, crankiness and irritability rear their heads easily.  Crown of thorns….crucifixion and resurrection…. death and life….sadness and joy….remember to notice the beauty.

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Walking in Mexico

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Walking the Camino has helped even till now to keep us in shape for walking.  We are presently in Puerto Vallarta and walk from our house to the old town in about 50 minutes.  We are still enjoying the beauty around here some of which you can see in the photos.  Go has blessed us with another year of Mark’s life with us.  I am going to renew the reflections and hope you will enjoy some of our thoughts as we continue our life’s Camino.

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Walking in Mexico

Walking the Camino has helped even till now to keep us in shape for walking.  We are presently in Puerto Vallarta and walk from our house to the old town in about 50 minutes.  We are still enjoying the beauty around here some of which you can see in the photos.  Go has blessed us with another year of Mark’s life with us.  I am going to renew the reflections and hope you will enjoy some of our thoughts as we continue our life’s Camino.

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