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Get Walking

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Over the last two days, I’ve finally gotten back to talking daily walks in my neighborhood.  Because of the winter we’ve had, it’s literally been months since I’ve been able to get out.  I realized the first morning how much I’ve missed it.

Even though, throughout the winder,  I continued to exercise either at the gym or in front of my t.v. watching  an exercise video, nothing beats getting out in nature.

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Life Moves Fast

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Today, my family and I are marking the one year anniversary of my mom’s passing.

In one sense, its stunning to me how quickly these months have rolled by.

The memories of last March and early April are still vivid in my mind.  Maybe they’ll fade over time, but maybe not…

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Happy Four Year Anniversary

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Four years ago today, I wrote my first post for Making All Things New. 🙂  I certainly didn’t know what I was doing back then, but the post isn’t too bad, so I included it below.  Today’s post is the 651st post.  Hard to believe.

2014 is going to be a busy, but also transformative year for me.  So much is happening, on multiple fronts, it’s hard to keep it all straight.  Things are really coming together with my doctoral studies, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you.

Look for lots of stylistic changes to this blog.  They’ll be coming soon, and I know you’ll like them.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today, and I hope it’s a great one for you.

March 14, 2010:  I’m embarking on a new adventure!  For the last eleven months, God has been doing some amazing new things with me.  It’s been a radical transformation of my body, mind, and spirit.  I want to share with anyone who will listen what’s happened to me, with the hope that maybe they will find some good advice and make some changes for themselves.

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A Sign Of Things To Come

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After what seems like forever, the snow is almost gone from my backyard.  Beginning yesterday, I started my annual clean-up process, and I continued it this afternoon.  Since we had such a crazy winter, it’s going to take me some time to get it all done.

Just as I was finishing up for today, I noticed that my little patch of snowdrops had begun their annual bloom.  If you have to know, the correct name for these little gems is Galanthus Ikariae, and they were originally planted long ago by the former owners of my house.

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Something New

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After many drafts and revisions, I thought it high time to unveil a logo designed just for this site.  Of course, I could describe each little part, since everything has meaning behind it.  For now, I think, it would be better just to ponder it a bit.  Any feedback would be most appreciated.  A young lady I met while doing campus ministry at McDaniel College is the designer.

I’m sure I must have been a difficult client.  You know the type.  It’s there in his/her mind, but he/she struggles to articulate just what they want.  Thanks to everyone who gave us input, and I hope to hear from you in the comments section below.

On March 14th, ten days from now, we’ll mark the fourth anniversary of this website.  I’ll always remember sitting in my living room with a dear friend and together, dreaming it all up.  More to come…

 

 

 

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Lent Will Soon Be Here

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A week from today, we begin the season of Lent, a time of prayerful preparation that leads to Easter.

It’s always nice to have some helps during these 40 days, and my friends at Loyola Press have created an on-line retreat called An Ignatian Prayer Adventure  that will keep us focused.

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Here Comes The Sun

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After a very snowy day and evening yesterday, I was so grateful to see the sun peaking through the spruce trees in my back yard.

That bit of cinderblock you see running through the snow is my retaining wall, which is about four feet high.  Yes, I may have snow lingering till Memorial Day.

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A Great Sign

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This image is of the nearly 500-year-old logo of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Over the last several weeks, I’ve been working on a logo for this blog, and Ignatius’ sunburst will be woven into mine.  I can’t wait to share it with you 🙂

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Longing For Springtime

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With plenty of ice and snow on the ground, the weather people are telling us to prepare for another round of winter weather.  I wonder who the patron saint of spring might be.  We need his/her help, and soon.

As I was walking around the nearly frozen pond at a retreat center a few weeks ago, I thought about how beautiful the grounds are there in spring.  I got to thinking about the bulbs just below the solidly frozen topsoil, covered in snow.

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Walking Off The Weight

onestepWhen I was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes, I came to quickly understand the importance of daily exercise.

For me, my exercise of choice was and is walking.  Not only is it cheap, but it also gets me outside when the weather is nice.  Right now, its freezing outside, so a trip to the mall is how I get my daily walk in, making a big loop inside, where it’s nice and warm.