29 May, A Day of Mourning

There was more beauty in the world at the beginning of this day than at its end. For at the beginning of this day, our beloved housemate, Fr. Bob, was still here with us. But by the time the day had drawn to a close, he had suffered a fall that took his soul home to...

Saturday, 23 May, Social Distancing Day the 67th

About five days after Just Bob was here to shut down the boilers, I brought my window unit AC out of storage in the north corridor so that it could take up residence in the center window of my room. Such is the rapid transience of heating and cooling needs in...

Friday, 15 May, Social Distancing Day the 59th

Footsteps, footsteps, door opening, door closing, footsteps, footsteps, door opening, vacuum cleaner, door closing, footsteps. The sounds of everyday life go on much as they did before the pandemic entered our lives. Fr. Bob gets his exercise in the corridors of the...

Wednesday, 6 May, Social Distancing, Day the 50th

We have arrived at the Pentecost of this season of staying safer at home. While the Spirit may not have arrived in bold ways today, Spirit is clearly all around us, blessing us in manifold ways. There is the blessing of the Christmas Cactus blooming gloriously in the...

April 27, Social Distancing, Day the 41st

Frogs! From the sounds of it, there are a million frogs in our yard. When you add the million frogs from our yard to their amphibian friends and relatives in neighboring yards, fields, pastures, parks, playgrounds, etc., you realize that there must be a mind-boggling...

Earth Day (20 April, 2020, Social Distancing, Day the 34th)

Earth Day dawned with fog. Or so I thought, until I realized that the "fog" was actually just condensation on my window. Even without fog, the day has been overcast and windblown. Brother Wind does not seem to tire of visiting us. Rain showers are in the forecast for...

14 April, Social Distancing, Day the 28th

It was sunny and almost painfully bright today, but cold and very windy. Easter Sunday's snow is holding its own in the depths of the woods, but is melting rapidly in those areas that are not protected by shadow. The spring birds seem annoyed and perhaps slightly...

Easter (12 April, Social Distancing, Day the 26th)

An Easter ham was enjoyed today by those residents of St. Anthony's who partake of meat. The consumption of ham - a traditional American dish for Easter dinner - was arguably the only "normal" aspect of this Easter day. First, there was the weather. On Saturday...

Holy Thursday (9 April, 2020 Social Distancing, Day the 23rd)

Today it snowed. And then it didn't and then it did and then it didn't and then it did and then it didn't. And as night fell, the clouds drew in and the wind rose. And I went for a walk because that's what one does, of course, on a storm-threatened Holy Thursday...

Spy Wednesday (8 April, 2020; Social Distancing, Day the 22nd)

This day of intrigue and treachery - this day when Judas is reputed to have visited the Sanhedrin to finalize the details of Jesus' betrayal - dawned with a mystery at our house. The roots of the mystery lie in the events of Tuesday evening, when it was discovered...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2020