Hello all, hope your Summer, has been top notch, mine has been, outstanding, which kind of surprises me. It rained lots, I have been kind of broke, the usual, and yet, I have had a, fabulous Summer, lots of social, time, lots of me, time, lots of urban exploring, museums, walks, Montreal anniversary happenings. Lots of stuff. On Sunday, in church, we discussed in small groups, what had changed in our mindset, during the Summer, brought me to think about things, articulate and express them. I believe this Summer, I have appreciated, my surroundings, my friends, my family, myself... more. I have looked at my city, differently, through new eyes, the eyes of a traveler, a pilgrim even A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler (literally one who has come from afar) who is on a journey to a holy place. Typically, this is a physical journey (often on foot) to some place of special significance to the adherent of a particular religious belief system. Well, maybe not literally :-) but, I do feel that I have come, from afar. deep in me, to reach this place of, centeredness, and that all the walking, I do, alone, with friends, in and about my beautiful ugly, have brought me to a greater love, of it and me. But I also think, that my church going, has had an immense place, in my calm and centered place. I have found much, food for thought, at St-Jax's, I have found, sincere, smart, good, people, not lip service Christians, people who, talk the talk, and, walk the walk. The church, the community, have become a part of my life, a vital part of my life, when I cannot go on Sunday, my week seems...less. I miss the people, the sermon, the readings, the prayer and conversation, the coffee and bagels, the sun coming through, the stained glass, the red floor and vaulted wood ceiling, the brass plaques that testify, to it's history and place, in the history of, the city I love. St-Jax's is now a part of what, home means, family, friends, my 'hood, my church. Obviously, I don't need to go, in order to pray, or read the bible, investigate, cogitate, but, church brings it together, for me. I started the year, searching for spiritual growth, for more implication, for a calmer and more resolute, heart, route. I'm getting there. Enjoy the last beautiful gasps, of Summer, the harvest, the bounty, the beauty Be well you all Later girls, BB p.s I write about this because it is a part of me, Faith is personal but not private, if we can discuss all aspects of our lives without it being considered attempted conversion(sex, politics, sports) why not faith? Just sayin'