Sunday, April 23, 2006

Heart, Head, Hand: Free The Heart

Free the heart and Let the Hand take over

All my life I have tried to get my head and heart to work together. About the time my head rationalized that I should believe one thing, my heart would intervene and convince me my head was all wrong. Sometimes I would ignore both and just jump in and let my hands take over. Thinking before acting usually works better . . . But not always, which I guess means that an action driven heart does have purpose

Obviously all three working in close harmony bring about the healthiest life.

The life of Christ had no dogma, no creed, no system, no theology. You didn't even need to know how to read or write. A no brainier. A religion of the heart without ceremony and without ritual and without a book. When the life and teachings of Jesus do not harmonize with the facts of history which can be gathered from other sources, I turn to my heart, the dwelling place of God.

Which brings me to my point. It is absolutely essential that we free the heart. Call it prayer, meditation or hanging out at our Glen Lake cottage. It needs to be done with purpose in order for fresh ideas to flow in.

When my heart rules I think about my feelings and the feelings of other people. And how I should act on those feelings. Following the example set forth by Christ is the only answer.

In these sunset years I often think about which of the three would be hardest to loose. The dreaded Alzthlimers would cast an unbearable cloud over my life, but so would a heart that had no feeling and hands that could not work. Keep the heart strong . . . Literally and figuratively. Keep walking . . .Better yet start jogging again!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Meanwhile, Back In Mississippi . . .

Life and reconstruction goes on . . . without Don! As I knew it would!

These Photos from Lana, shown with the MS governor, her Congressman, and with her mother and Ms Althea

Your photos and commentary are welcome. Tell me about what's going on in your life, your photos, Katrina experiences . . . whatever! I'll share it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Lester, Joe, Denny, Butch and Families

These guys are terrific! (Top left: Lester, Joe, Denny - - -Butch.)

Not only, back in February, did they give Louis and Sandra a big push toward completing their new (remodeled) home . . . They made sure I arrived safely back in Michigan. A bit of a mistake in loading the Royce forced me to travel at 40 mph . . . Max! I was directed to make a slight detour (like fifty miles from the nearest X-way) and spend the night at Denny's home. In the morning, in addition to fixing a flat tire, the crew with the help of Lester's major equipment, repositioned the car so that I could travel at a safer and more normal speed. Thanks, guys!

Denny, Joan and their two children Kelsey and Devin were wonderful hosts. Devin sent his artistic version of me sitting in the car.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Well, I guess nothing is ever totally finished, but this is very close!

Louis and Sandra have moved into their new (repurposed) home. It was my final contact before leaving for MI. Their nearly demolished home was my first cotact back in early January when I arrived in Pass Christian to begin my voluntary efforts. So, it seems fitting that I was able to see the final, finished project.

They estimate that over 50 volunteers took part in the restoration and continue to marvel at the unique contribution each person made. Both openly show appreciation and feelings and it became customary at the Friday feast, they provided, to also share tears . . . all around. They are wonderful people and we all wish them our best as they start over in their new home.

They are eager to maintain contact with all their new friends and will welcome you with (big) open arms if you are in their area. I know I will be.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Keith And Dianne . . . More

I spent much of my week in Pass Christian working with Keith and Diane. They had water up to the roof line of the second floor and were just barely able to get out. They lost everything and never thought they would be able to recover. Now, seven months later they can see a light at the end of the tunnel and hope soon to leave their FEMA trailer and return to a more normal life . . .With one eye (literally for Keith) on the next hurricane season. Six year old Briana is excited about her new room and Brandon, now a college student will have a real home to come home to.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Back To Mississippi

It felt good to be back in Pass Christian. The recovery is accelerating, but still so much to be done. I visited some of my favorite projects.

But first the retrieval of a 1980 Rolls Royce that I purchased from Paul and Kay. It's in great condition and I hope to be able to restore to its original beauty . . . And get it running. Now to get it back to Michigan!