Priscilla’s World

A Memory from the Beach

A late afternoon splash of rain chases the humans away. By the time I walk the beach after dinner the birds have returned and people have vanished. This is what I consider a perfect beach. When I think about global warming I ponder how long these slivers of island off...

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Surprise in Oslo

One day in 2008 my friend, Kaze and I flip through a Bible looking for stories that once influenced us. We choose the passage of Jesus walking on water. Peter pleads to join him and Jesus beckons him out of the boat. Peter suddenly is scared and starts to sink. Jesus...

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Memories of Avila

Rodney, Kaze and I stroll on the walls of the ancient city of Avila. These eleventh century walls bristle with bastions, towers and battlements and are some of the best preserved in Europe. Kaze is living in Madrid in 1986. Rodney and I have attended an ICA conference...

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Bee-eaters in Botswana

Surprises come in all manner of shapes and forms. Periodically I submit photographs or an article to a contest. A shrug of my shoulders usually accompanies the click on the word "submit." I don't expect my submission to be used. Then an email from BirdWatching...

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Foster Grandmother

Early in April I go to the Wild Bird Center to buy seed for the clear plastic bird feeder stuck on my third floor apartment window. When I start to refill the feeder I am startled to see a bunch of scattered wispy weeds. I wonder, is someone building a nest? I put the...

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A Tribute to Betty

Another dear friend and colleague died this week. Betty Pesek and I first met on the west side of Chicago in April, 1967 at the Ecumenical Institute. Forty-eight years ago this month. In early 1967, staff at the EI developed a tactic they called “the Trilogy” to...

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