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An excellent lunch at the Green Zebra cafe, St. Armand Circle, Sarasota FL

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My good friend Diana and I had lunch at the Green Zebra Cafe  at St. Armand Circle, Sarasota on Friday 21st Ocrtober '16

See

http://www.greenzebracafe.com

It's a great place for "healthy" foods  (with many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.)

Diana had
No.36 Chicken Pesto Sandwich $10 Grilled Chicken Breast, Tomato. Muenster, Homemade Pesto Sauce

I  chose  
No.42 Turkey Louise Sandwich $10 Turkey Pastrami, Swiss cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Sundried Tomato, Pesto

Our sandwiches were utterly delicious, served as they were on ciabatta rolls,

Diana and I agreed that the sandwiches, excellent as they are,  were a bit too big!

Next time we'll order one sandwich and one salad to share.

If this weren't enough, after lunch I ordered a Cappuccino.

I solemnly declare that it was the finest and most delicious Cappuccino that I have drunk in at least twenty years.   






Sad news from Wilkes-Barre PA.

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I am not sad because these lads are for Trump.   That is their right and prerogative.

I am sad that these lads (12th grade?) failed English 101.

If they are old enough to vote they should also be old enough to understand elementary English grammar.

Some of Trump's supporters ARE deplorable

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...  and he does nothing but encourage them



A flyer distributed by New Mexico Republicans to presumed Democratic voters. It's  an attempt at intimidation  -  clearly illegal under Federal law.

NOW, IF ONLY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS OF THE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and the GEORGE H.W.BUSH type, (and I have many) would reject and resist the pseudo-Republicanism of Donld Trump and his ilk.


Amidst the pre-election chaos and confusion....

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.... Penne has found her safe and secure place



So, I will be preaching at a Church named St. David's next week......

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.... it's St. David's Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth, MA

It is named for  Saint Dafydd , the Patron Saint of Wales.



As I have thought about my impending visit to St. David's in South Yarmouth, I have mused upon the beauty of the Welsh language as it is spoken or sung.  I have not needed to understand the language in order to enjoy it  (although it would be lovely if I could speak some Welsh).

Here are a few samples of singing in Welsh -  published here to give you goosebumps.


(1) Gwahoddiad  ( In English "I hear Thy welcome voice").

https://youtu.be/b5mqR-ehY9s

(2)  The Welsh "National Anthem"  -  stirring indeed. Makes me teary eyed when they break into harmony.

https://youtu.be/0LFxK003nlA


(3)  "Myfanwy"   another tear-jerker

https://youtu.be/hNtn8B3zz8g

(4) "David of the White Rock"  (which I sang in English when I was in 5th Grade.  Even then it haunted me).

https://youtu.be/8lemqAXxFXE


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My partisan reaction to a dreadful event.

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The GOP office in Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C. was firebombed on Sunday night.  It was a dreadful and unconscionable attack.

It was not only an attack against a particular office.  It was an attack on Civil Society.

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted the following, and the North Carolina Republicans responded graciously

Early Sunday evening the Clinton campaign tweeted a note of sympathy. "The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe." The North Carolina Republican Party tweeted its appreciation in response. "Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton." Hillary Clinton's statement and the GOP response are perfect examples of a way in which Civil Society can, should, and must  be created and grown,
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Wisdom from a man whose last name I forget.

His first name was Bill.

I met him at a retreat center called Kirkridge in  Pennsylvania  back in ?.

Was it in 1991, or 1995, I cannot even remember the year.

I know that the month was January for every year in that  month Kirkridge hosted a retreat for Christian gay men.

Bill was from Chicago.  He was a delightful man  (and of course I had a crush on him).

It was a safe crush because he had a boyfriend back in Illinois -  a relationship which I respected.

But we stayed in touch by 'phone.

I remember one call in which I laid out all my frustrations at being an Episcopal Rector in Pittsfield. MA.

Bill cut to the quick.  He said "Remember Michael that you are a human being, not a human doing".

Good Lord above, I needed that!


After this when I had not heard from Bill in a while I called him. The 'phone was answered by an unfamiliar voice.

I asked to speak to Bill.  The response was silence until the person at the other end asked "and who are you?"  (It was Bi…