(This article was originally posted back in April of 2013. But I think there is truth here that deserves to be revisited. I hope you find this inspiring and helpful in your spiritual walk. – Victor)
I remember a number of years ago when we were still living in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. Sue (my wife) had an appointment down in Uniontown, at the bottom of the mountain. I drove her to town, dropped her off and then went for a drive. After running a couple of errands, I thought I would find somewhere to relax and spend some time in much needed prayer and meditation. Having decided this, I drove onto the grounds of a monastery and retreat center that is located in town.
Before this, I had never explored those grounds. They are truly beautiful. This land had once been the estate of one of the local coal barons who prospered in the area decades ago. There is a stately, almost majestic quality to the landscape. Ancient trees overhang neatly trimmed lawns and dot the ridges of rolling hillocks. Scattered among these lovely old trees are a number of shrines and statues of various saints. There are also park benches placed at various spots, inviting you to stop and meditate. I took advantage of one such spot. Continue reading →
Several years ago I set myself the task of writing an essay without using the letter “e.” It was more daunting than I thought it would be. It became a real challenge. I had to read and reread my drafts over and over. Those pesky little critters (“e’s,” that is) kept creeping in everywhere. I would be sure that I had expunged them all. “Out, you varmints!” And then, lo and behold, another one! It took a while to finish that piece.
After that experience, I wanted to again do something difficult. So I decided I would challenge myself again. But how? Then I hit upon an idea. I would write about nothing. Hmmmmm! Here are the results of my meanderings in the realm of nothingness. Continue reading →
I have a confession to make. I am an information junkie. I am addicted to facts and data. I guess this is why I love trivia so much.
Love it? Indeed, I do. Trivia intrigues and captivates me. All kinds. Except about sports. Sports holds almost no interest for me. (Unless it the physics of why a curve ball curves. Now that is interesting!) Everything else is fair game. Like… Continue reading →