The Captain sent spies to check up on me. Patrols, he calls them. The dragonfly was breathtakingly beautiful. It’s an affinity we both share. The box turtle however, scared me half to death. I almost stepped on it! I was distracted, starting to get worried about my performance and productivity for the day, then BAM! there’s a box turtle under my next step. I called him on it. Asked if he would stop upsetting the balance just to get me to Colorado with him because after all I didn’t come to Kentucky for him. He replies, I’m just coming home to pack. Yeah, gotca. He tells me he will send a jaguar tomorrow. Friday Jennifer brings a litter of kittens to work. With the Captain I am always unwinding, unfurling. I think to remind him about the mandala.

On the farm, Tranquility Base, everything feels just a little off, just a little not quite there. Oh damn you fear! I shoo a frog off the back porch. We go to Pinon mounds the next day and I see lizards as we climb to the summit of the largest mound.

Today it is a great blue heron taking flight from a creek swollen high with rain water.

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

~Nicolas Black Elk~

And so peace be with you and within you, shining out for all the world to know.

Captain, you have brought me back round to grace. Let us keep our brother wrapped in prayers for healing, prayers for grace that he too may share the love we do. Right there waiting for the knock. The door will be opened. We will be thrilled to welcome you to our hearth and table.


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