Today’s High Note–Peacefulness at the Abbey

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, Colorado.   The Abbey is home to 22 Benedictine Nuns who not only offer their beautiful grounds to those seeking solitude, but also run a full working farm–including over 100 head of grass fed cattle.

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The nuns spend their days in prayer, woodworking, farming, hospitality, jewelry/rosary making and tending to those in need.  They are peaceful.  They are happy.   Truly happy.   It was a blessing to spend time with them….their simplicity and gracious spirituality were contagious.

Needless to say…..

I didn’t want to leave.

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So I offer you this high note for today: the next time the media pushes a frightful image of a Catholic nun with a ruler in her hand, please remember these beautiful images of gentleness….

…and peacefulness at the Abbey.

–dcb

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The Friday How-2: Music Ornament

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Good Friday everyone!!

I am trusting that you are in the throws of happy decorating and crafting for the Christmas season.  If you are still looking for a cute and easy gift for the hostess of  your holiday party, gift for a teacher or piano teacher…..today’s how-2 is for you!!

 

You will need:

* a plain, clear, craft glass ornament of any size.  You can find these at your local craft store.

* shredded music, book, dictionary page or other ephemera. 

* embellishments of your choice.  I used Christmas rub-on decals for this one.

* ribbon for hanging.

 

How-2:

The tops of these craft glass ornaments come off by squeezing the top and pulling out the pronged top attachment.  Insert your shreds of paper through the exposed hole.  Fill until you have the look desired.  Replace the top of the ornament.  Rub on your decal or attach your embellishment to the face of the ornament.  Pull the ribbon through the top of the ornament for hanging.

Viola! 

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Have a great weekend and happy ornament making!!  dcb

today’s note–images to remember

I am a native of  Colorado.

I have lived through the 1993 Summer of violence, 1999 Columbine tragedy, and now the 2012 Aurora movie theatre shooting.

I have also seen most of Colorado ravaged by wildfires this summer and continue to view images of our state on the National news that are sad and often scary.

A I traveled with my family this week in Summit County, Colorado, I was struck by the beauty that we encounter here that most aren’t able to witness.

I hope to replace some of the images from the news that you may have of Colorado in your head.

Perhaps you can just remember these……

from my family to yours….have a safe and happy weekend.  dcb