Friday, January 24, 2014

St. Kitts and Sir Francis Drake: Disturb us, Oh Lord

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, 

when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, 

when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. 

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, 
having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, 
and in our efforts to build a new earth, 

we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. 

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, 
where storms will show your mastery, 
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. 
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, 
and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. 
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. ”

Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral, (c. 1540 – 1595) was an English privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. and she awarded  awarded Drake knighthood in 1581. 
He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588, subordinate only to Charles Howard and the Queen herself. 
His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a simple pirate to the Spaniards. He was known as "El Draque". - or  The Dragon.
King Philip II was claimed to have offered a reward of ($8m by modern standards) for his life.
He is famous for (among other things) sailing around the world, returning to England in 1580.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Two Roads Diverged..... And they go where you take them!

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

As I helped my son this week as he memorized this, one of  my favorite poems, I had to giggle a little at his left brained, literal, 14 year old boy interpretation!
     "We read some poem about a guy who gets lost in some woods.  I think they were yellow, or something. And he didn't know where to go. "
 Then as I asked him to tell me what the poem meant, at first glance, he also took the last stanza literally--
taking the "road less traveled" -- means a better choice.
It had been years since I analyzed  and enjoyed each line of this favorite of mine.
 When I looked at it with my son again, I remembered that Frost takes extra care to show us that this precisely NOT the meaning of this poem.
How many times does Robert tell us that the roads are equal?
The roads look about the same to the traveler standing there.
We make choices everyday.
What we DO with those choices is what is important.
So, make a choice today.  Chose your road for the day.
It really does not matter if you choose an overgrown, less traveled path, a path covered in snow-  or a worn down dirt road.
What does matter is what you make of the journey.
(And, when you tell your story ages and ages hence, you can embellish it like Frost says, and say you took the hard, less traveled one to make the difference.
By then, you will know that YOU made the difference.
Not the road you chose.)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October: Fall Colors in the Beautiful South

Cloudland Canyon Hiking Trails:  Amazing what hidden gems one can find deep in the woods.  I mean deep. 1220 Steps coming back out of the canyon!  But so worth it. 
DeSoto Falls Park on a beautiful Sunday Morning.

High Falls Park:  DeKalb County Alabama; My beautiful home of North Alabama is amazing!  I am actually from Marshall county but used to go to all these spots as a child!
DeSoto Falls Park

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cade's Cove.

Cade's Cove at Sunset

Cade's Cove Church at Sunset

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Yes, I am partial to the name and the place, Cade.
We drove the scenic loop at sunset and it was so beautiful.
Adding these to my travel gallery!