Journal: June 19, 2021

Today began with a walk, but only in my mind. It seemed like a reasonably good idea when I woke up, but by the time I rolled out (which was relatively early for a Saturday morning with no obligations) all motivation had seeped from my head and my legs, so I propped up in the comfy chair (everyone should have one: it is ugly, should be burned, and you find interesting things from years past in-between the cushions) and finished reading The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. This is a book I’m going to give a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2. I’ve no complaints other than the cadence of some of the sentences… they just lost their rhythm on occasion and and I had to go back and try again (probably a personal problem). After many hours of reading, I wandered over to the movies and found myself enjoying (once again) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) with Ben Stiller. I have not watched the 1947 version, but I’ve never been a fan of the black and white films. Hard to believe that it is the same guy in the new Walter Mitty that plays in Zoolander and other goofiness (and I’ve watched that too.) Next on the list to read, In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden. This is the next selection for the Saints’ Book Club at St. Matthew’s. Keep you up to date on how that one goes.

Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day, so will be doing the preachy thing. The sermon was finished up on Thursday, so I’ll have to go back and and look it over in the morning before attempting to preach (I’d do that anyways, even if I had just finished writing it.) The big debate raging at the moment is do I stop for an unhealthy fast-food breakfast or take the time to prepare one myself… we shall see, but sushi does appear to be on the menu for lunch.

Before I forget: I did finish up The Ring of Kerry (Conqueror Series) <– Yes. If you click that link I get some sort of point for referring you over to their site. The Ring was 124 miles and it took me too long to complete, but winter around here did not allow for as much walking as I would have liked… same problem with the heat now (hmmm… maybe I’m finding too many excuses not to walk)… so I’ve signed up for the next one and seriously cut my timeframe. This is the St. Francis Way and is 312 miles. As I get a bit closer to the Camino, I’ll start posting more under that menu item with maps of the walks. For now, I’m happy with the four milers, but hope to add a few more when the heat is not so high.

And then there’s this…. It has found its way to the surface. My goal: before winter sets in…..

It is good to discover who you are and who you are not. When it comes to my vocation, I have come to be very pleased to be a parish priest. I suppose that when we are younger, we all have certain aspirations (for the priest: purple shirts and big rings), but when we become not as young, we discover that what we really want (and need!) are good friends, comfy chairs, and the God who loves us. Ah… Harry Potter… The Mirror of Erised: “The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would look into it and see himself exactly as he is.” — Albus Dumbledore

Thought for the day: never pass up an opportunity to pick blueberries.

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