June 4th, 2010

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One of Many Smiles for the day -

Following is the last half of Jon Carroll's column today. You can read the whole column if you are interested in the Giants.


Jon Carroll:

In other news: Faithful reader Kenneth Grobman sent me this really true confirmation e-mail he got from Woodworkers Source, a lumber retailer:

"I have some great news, Kenneth.

"Our team of 107 hard working (and exceptionally good looking) employees has - with great care and attention - selected, packaged and shipped your order #50309 on this beautiful day.

"I wish you could have been here to see all the action. When I handed the order to Robert, our master packager, he looked at it, smiled, and slid a pair of Italian leather gloves onto his hands. As he selected your order, he placed it all on a satin-lined chariot to move it to the packaging center. And there's more ...

"Everyone gathered around, held a candle, and watched with hushed awe as he wrapped the entire order in the finest gold-laced cardboard that money can buy - you could have heard a pin drop.

"In the end, the guys were so thrilled that they wanted to throw a party just for your order. We're talking about a big fiesta with live music and good food. All the action stumped the UPS driver when he showed up. He thought he was going to pick up the packages like normal, but instead we picked him up and carried him down the street on our shoulders while the band played.

"You can imagine what happened next, right? Our neighbors came outside to see what the fuss was all about, and when they saw your beautiful order they all waved 'Bon Voyage!' to your package, and patted Robert on the back. Someone must have called the local TV stations because the next thing I knew I had six interviews to handle for reporters who asked, 'What does Kenneth Grobman intend to make?' But don't worry, your secret's safe. I told them, 'I don't know. Maybe world peace?' Man! If only woodworking could do that!

"Anyway, the guys hope to see pictures of what you make so we can have another party (I know what you're thinking ...). I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at Woodworkers Source. We enjoyed every minute of it, and we've named you 'Customer of the Year.' That gets you a pretty good parking spot right out front if you ever come see us. I gotta tell you, though, we're pretty exhausted. And we can't wait for you to come back to Woodworkers Source.

"Okay, okay. You want the info. Your tracking information is below, or you can also get it all by logging into your account at our website, www.woodworkerssource.com.

"Thanks again,

"Craig Haggarton and The 107 Good Looking Lumber Pickers at Woodworkers Source."

great blue heron flying

Peace -

Tears come easily for me of late.  There is no story and there is.   There is love for people, love for this world.   These tears that come are hot, brought forth from deep inside, magma.   The words from Sting's song keep coming to me, "The Russians Love Their Children Too."  I watched the movie Precious last night.  I had avoided it thinking it might be sentimentalized but no, it felt very true.


I had tea yesterday with a great theologian,
and he asked me,

“What is your experience of God’s will?”

I liked that question –
for the distillation of thought hones thought in others.
Clarity, I know, is freedom.

What is my experience of God’s will?

Everyone is a traveler. Most all need lodging, food,
and clothes.

I let enter my mouth what will enrich me. I wear what
will make my eye content,
I sleep where I will
wake with the
strength to

all my mind can

What is God’s will for a wing?
Every bird knows

~ St. Teresa of Avila ~

(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)