Up, Up, and Away

From April 30, 2019 I began at 7:00am…and it took five hours to complete the sorting, tossing, and shipping the remaining stuff in Tommy and Suzie’s garage, and that time frame included two trips to the post office and one trip to the recycling center. The job of clearing out the storage space consumed the better part of four days.…

A Wonderful Day

From April 29, 2019 After three days of hard work dealing with all the boxes that to be moved or discarded, Yesterday was a wonderful day filled with great conversations and lots of laughter. The day began early. I arrived at the Holy Family Church at 8:05am, long before the start of the 9:30 liturgy. I wanted to spend as…

More Emptying

From April 28, 2019 Yesterday was another long day. Most of the day was eaten up by dealing with the dozen plus boxes we hauled to Tommy and Suzie’s garage. I had to painstakingly go through each box making sure I didn’t toss anything important. I would guess 80% of the contents were marked for disposal.

A Long, Hard Day

From April 27, 2019 After yesterday’s long day of hauling endless boxes, I was thoroughly exhausted. Which is odd because Lee did most of the work and all of the heavy lifting. We worked nonstop from 9:30am to 5:15pm, without stopping for lunch or even a short break. We were under time pressure because of the rules of the storage…

Boxes on Top of Boxes

From April 26, 2019 Day One of the great emptying turned into a day of moving. I needed to get some boxes of DVDs and books to Florida. We had no idea how much this would cost to do…or if it would be too expensive to do. The post office was just a block away, so we went there before…

Greetings from California

From April 25, 2019 I made is safely to Burbank and have settled into Suzie and Tommy’s home…just next door to where I used to live. My old residence looked both familiar and foreign at the same time.

Heal Me

From April 24, 2019 “Jesus have pity on me,” the blind man cried out as Jesus passed by. Touched by the blind man’s faith, Jesus healed him. We may not be physically blind or hurting, but we are all blind and injured, all in need of Jesus’ healing touch or word. Life is an ever-flowing stream of injuries, and frequently…

California Bound

From April 23, 2019 We moved from Burbank, California to Ft. Pierce, Florida in late March 2017, leaving behind a big home where I had lived for about 10 years and squeezing into a small apartment. The move was made to be closer to Haiti, to dramatically reduce the travel time and expense. Before the move, I was unable to…

The Homeless Saint

From April 22, 2019 On April 16, 1783, during Holy Week, a filthy dirty homeless man collapsed from malnutrition in church of Santa Maris dei Monti in Rome, where he had been praying for two hours. He died a few hours later in a home behind the church, where he had been reluctantly taken by parishioners. He dressed in rags…

Easter Sunday

From April 21, 2019 Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead.Easter beckons us to build bridges to unity, bridges to a distant shore where common ground is found and peace prevails. Easter is a time of healing, a time for us to embody Christ’s work of reconciliation. We are called to realize the unity of creation.