28
Sep
11

red skies

I hoped it was an orange moonrise, but it was not.

For the longest time last night I watched an orange glow in the sky beyond the mountain ridge to the southeast, but the moon never appeared. When I caught the odor of smoke on the wind, I realized that it was a fire.

I called 911 and learned that a fire was burning in the National Park.

I went to bed, watching that glow through the open window, and realized that my cherished sanctuary, my heaven-on-earth, is not as safe and inviolable as I had become accustomed to believing. Watching that glow I had the thought that hell might be creeping towards me from just the other side of the mountains.

Hell can come at you from surprising places. Things are not always what they seem or what you think they should be. Some cops are bad. Some judges are unjust. Some prosecutors are dishonest. Some people from all walks of life let us down. Many people do… maybe most.

Evil is ascendant in the world. It takes vigilance and wisdom—and compromise, sometimes—to keep from getting burned. 

۞

Groove of the Day 

Listen to The Fixx performing “Red Skies”


3 Responses to “red skies”


  1. September 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    DAN NOT SURE WHERE TO ASK A QUESTION ON A CASE. I GOT WORD THAT 10 YEAR OLD BOY SHOT HIS DAD IN CAROLINA THINK. HEARD SELF DEFENCE CAUSE FATHER WAS ABUSING THE BOY IT WAS EITHER SPANKING FOR PUNISHMENT BUT LEAD TO CHILD ABUSE WENT TO FAR I THINK. AND NOW HE HAS TO BE IN JAIL TILL AGE 25. WAS HE CAHSRGED AS ADULT, MUSTA BEEN. THATS A BUNCH OF**** The boy has right to defend self. and should not be in jail or prison till age 25, he is 10 years old for crying outloud.

  2. 2 Jeanne
    September 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I am always reminded of the words a very intelligent priest said to me in my disappointment in people in general….He said, “Most people are good and think like you”.

    Here is a little something to cheer you up…(lol)

    P.S. Keep a lot of water around you Dan……..

  3. 3 Gloria
    September 30, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Dan, I always found out that this prayer helps me. Hope it does to you too. Keep the good work Dan.

    Lord, make me an Instrument of your peace
    Where there is hatred, le me sow love
    Where there is injury, let me sow pardon
    Where there is doubt, let me sow faith
    Where there is despair, let me sow hope
    Where there is darkness, let me sow light
    Where there is sadness, let me sow Joy.

    Oh Divine Master, grant that
    I may not so much seek
    To be loved as to love,
    To be consoled as to console,
    To be understood as to understand,
    For it is in giving that we recieve.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
    It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

    St. Francis of Assisi.


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