Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Fierce Light

"Reality is the light, and the light can only be found in ourselves." 
- Deepak Chopra

"This is wisdom you cannot learn; you must become it." 
- Indian saying

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Bird in the Closet

We heard fluttering in the hall closet and knew we had to investigate.

Proper protective gear is required in case something comes flying out of the closet into your face.

Notice Heather hiding in the pantry...

The bird trapped in our hall closet eventually found his way out the back door, unharmed. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Green My Hood

Started by Leroy Barber, Mission Year's previous Director and now the Director of Word Made Flesh, Green My Hood is a way for Mission Year teams to beautify our neighborhoods in some lasting way. Some teams create murals, fix fences, or pick up trash. My team decided we were tired of the shattered glass bottles and trash that line our street, so we went out and picked it up.


We then headed over to Celeste's house to clean and tidy her living room and rearrange her bedroom so she can more easily move around without the worry of tripping over anything. After working for several hours on the house, we all went home for a dinner of Black Bean Burgers (which Celeste complimented twice--a rarity for her!).

Charlie and Red found their scent: Charlie Red! 
Celeste and Taylor took a nap break

Lots more space!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Hey Look, Summer's Here!

This weekend was all about being outside: volleyball, picnics, kick ball, frisbee, puppies, shorts and tank tops, and lots of sunscreen.

Hello Summer!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Recognizing the Present

"In a time of drastic change one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning. In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities. What really matters is openness, readiness, attention, courage to face risk. You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. In such an event, courage is the authentic form of love." 

-Thomas Merton