Category Archives: Union County Oregon

Taking Time

You have traveled too fast over false ground;

Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up

To all the small miracles you rushed through. 

Become inclined to watch the way of rain

When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,

Taking time to open the well of color

That fostered the brightness of day. 

Draw alongside the silence of stone

Until its calmness can claim you.

JOHN O’DONOHUE
Excerpt from the blessing, ‘For One Who is Exhausted,’ in his books:Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us

Enjoying winter

After living without a dog for six years, Meg and I recognized it was time to invest love and time in a dog again.  So in late August, we bought a mini Aussie shepherd.  Leif is a delightful creature, full of love, energy, and intelligence.  Winter hiking and snowshoeing with him in the Mt Emily Recreation Area and the Meacham Divide have been filled with his joyful exuberance for snow travel! And many of these times Meg and I enjoyed the added pleasure of having son Michael and his dogs with us.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Meg Michael, and our dogs

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

If the snow is the right temperature and consistency, Leif acquires snow balls on his fur.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide–tracks of a snow hare

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

God’s tender mercy

Because of God’s tender mercy,
  the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.  Luke 1:78,79

How does “tender mercy” definite my relationship with the Creator of the Universe, and my relationship with His Creation?

Fr Thomas Keating writes this way: “You cannot exaggerate the closeness, the gentleness, the tenderness of God. It is not sentimental.  It’s a love that wants to give us the treasure of the divine life–not just becoming better human beings. It is unconditional love pouring itself out. And it has to pour itself out. That is the nature of infinite goodness.”

 

Peace on Earth, Mt Emily Oregon, Mt Emily Union County

Troop 514 Veterans’ Day

BSA Troop 514 Scouts enjoyed a sunny, chilly day marching in the parade in La Grande. After the parade they went over to the local Safeway and collected food for agencies that help those in need.

 

Veterans Day La Grande, Troop 514

Veterans Day La Grande

Veterans Day La Grande

Veterans Day La Grande

Veterans Day La Grande

Troop 514 Scouting for Food

Troop 514 Scouting for Food

Troop 514 Scouting for Food

Morgan Lake fall

Morgan Lake, in the hills above La Grande OR, is a wonderful place anytime of year.  Fall colors are always jubilant.  Meg and I were fortunate to be walking there with our dogs just as these paddle boarders were within the golden cottonwood reflections on Morgan Lake.

 

Morgan lake La Grande

Morgan lake La Grande

Morgan lake La Grande

Morgan lake La Grande

Morgan lake La Grande

Prayer echoes on forever

“There is no end to prayer. It echoes on forever in your soul. Long after the visible demonstration has been made and forgotten, the prayer that produced it continues to work for your spiritual advancement.  The creative power of a ‘God thought’ is unlimited and eternal.”  Emmett Fox

 

Morgan Lake Union County La Grande OR