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Friday Five

1)  I managed to stave off Gibbs' early morning overtures for almost an hour before I finally succumbed and rose to let him out.  The little guy has an amazing range of guttural whimpers, whines, moans and squeals to first awaken you, then capture your attention and finally play with your heart.  He's such a sweet puppy.  We both, along with Mulligan, miss Mommy Dog.  A brief email says the girls were in Germany this a.m.

2)  It is April 4, 2008.  It's the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I know it's important to remember these types of events that have shaped the world, but it's hard.  Such a tragic piece of our history.  Are we really in a better place because of what we lost?  Needlessly.  Right now, I have the song, "Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion stuck in my head. 
3)  Today is also the 50th anniversary of , the Peace sign.  Imagine that.  Far out, indeed! 

4)  I watched the movie, "Into the Wild" about Christopher McCandless, aka "Alexander Supertramp"' and his journey through life after college.  His travels took him through different places and many lives he may have never seen or touched as he made his way to the wilderness of Alaska.  From what I can tell, this guy lived several different lifetimes in his short span of time before the fierceness of nature overtook him.  However, while solitude is good is short measure, being out in that frontier country all alone sounds very scary.

5)  Tomorrow I attend a day retreat at Grace Church, The Plains:  "Living with the Rule of St. Benedict Today".  It promises to balance prayer, physical work, study, fellowship, leisure and silence.  Some parts of the day will be in community, and the rest in individual work and contemplation.  I pray this will be a good start to this next week when I really put my nose to the grindstone to accomplish the work before me.