Showing posts tagged as 'travel'

It was the best...

Tags: Blogging, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Spirit, Travel

August 05, 2014 07:51

Grand canyon I was leading a youth group trip out to Arizona, and one of the highlights was staying at a hotel on the rim of the Grand Canyon. One one particular morning, a few of us got up very early and walked over to the El Tovar Hotel. The restaurant was just opening, and through the large windows overlooking the canyon, we could see that it was going to be a glorious day. Shortly after we were seated,...

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Taking Some Time Away

Tags: Inspiration, Spirit, Travel

July 29, 2014 08:31

asylamar sunsetSorry for the pause in my posts. This has been a tough semester, my final one, thank God, and I'm just finishing up on my last paper. I had the chance to get out to California for a little vacation recently, and I got to experience both the mountains and the sea, all in one quick week. Vacations always go by too fast, don't they?

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Ribollita Soup

Tags: Italy, Main-course, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews, Travel, Vegetarian

September 28, 2013 20:54

ribollitaI was in the public library the other day, and as I walked past a display of fall cookbooks, one caught my eye.Entitled An Everlasting Meal, it was the subtitle which led me to pick it up:Cooking with Economy and Grace. Wow, if I could just master that. :)

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Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Prayer, Travel

August 23, 2013 07:39

monasteryWay back in March, I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about retreats. The focus was on helping people find retreat experiences where they could get away from everything, have some quiet time, and get recharged.What surprised and saddened me was the fact that there wasn't a single reference to Christianity or Christian retreat centers.Of course, I'm biased in this direction, and I also...

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Summertime Travels

Tags: Catholic-church, Gardening, Inspiration, Travel

August 11, 2013 18:10

santa barbara missionI've been lucky to have travelled a bit this summer, more than usual.I had the chance to make it out to my home state twice, and both times I visited some new places, including Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded on December 4, 1786 and the tenth of twenty-one missions founded throughout California by the Franciscans.

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Happy Independence Day

Tags: Inspiration, Spirit, Travel

July 04, 2013 08:29

statlibYears before 9/11, I had the chance to visit the Statue of Liberty, climbing all the way to the top and taking in the view from the windows of her crown. It was amazing, and I'm grateful to have had that opportunity, since, due to fears of terrorism, such climbs are no longer allowed. Today, the Statue is open again, having been closed for months because of another attack, this one coming from...

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The Madonna Returns

Tags: Catholic-church, Gardening, Inspiration, Prayer, Travel

April 10, 2013 09:07

madonnaOver the course of the last few weeks, I mentioned to my siblings that they shouldn't be surprised if they have a sense of our mother's presence.Since she passed away a few weeks ago, at least one brother mentioned such an experience, felt in his yard as he was cutting some flowers.

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How Much Longer Till Spring

Tags: Gardening, Ignatian-spirituality, Travel

February 20, 2013 20:14

irsh daffEarlier this week, I had lunch with a young friend. He was active in my youth group when he was growing up, and from time to time we get together for some good food and conversation.On this particular day, John wanted to do some shopping at Trader Joe's when we were done with lunch, and, since it's one of my favorite stores, I was happy to join him.If you're familiar with Trader Joe's, you know...

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The Small Stuff

Tags: Inspiration, Mind, Personal-development, Travel

January 31, 2013 23:55

sunsetget]I had the chance to visit the Getty Museum today and it was a wonderful, albeit short visit.Before we checked out an exhibit on the art of Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance, my family and I had a bite to eat at the museumcafe. As we sat there on themarble patio, sipping wine and eating our sandwiches, my mom made a comment about it being a quintessential California day. She was so right.

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Seeing New Things

Tags: Inspiration, Travel

January 11, 2013 20:05

buffalo bridge==Yesterday, I had a business meeting which took me to Georgetown, one of Washington DC's many neighborhoods.When the meeting was over, I asked someone how to get to the nearest Metro station. It was about a mile away, and since the day was sunny and warm, I decided to walk, mostly on Q Street.I don't know about you, but I love to explore new places. I've been to Washington DC hundreds of times...

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