Saturday, July 19, 2014

ON MY 62nd BIRTHDAY

MY FATHER AND ME,
RYE BEACH, NH, SEPTEMBER 1952.
 A MOMENT THAT STILL EXISTS, OUT ON SOME COSMIC TWIG....

“One of the more delightful mysteries of sound came when the astronauts on one of our early spaceships heard a program of nostalgic music over their sound system and radioed NASA to thank whoever it was who had sent them the program. From NASA came the rather baffled reply that they had sent the astronauts no such program and knew nothing about it.

This phenomenon triggered a good deal of interest and research: who had beamed the music to the astronauts? What was its source? All the radio and TV programs all over the country that day and hour were checked out, and none of them was responsible for the music the astronauts had so enjoyed. Further research. Could they all have imagined hearing a nonexistent program of old popular songs? Was it a kind of mass hallucination? It seemed highly unlikely. Research finally revealed that that particular program had been broadcast in the 1930s.

How do you explain it? You don’t…

Time is to be treasured, worked with, never ignored. As the astrophysicists understand time now, it is not like a river, flowing in one direction, but more like a tree, with great branches and smaller limbs and twigs which may make it possible for us to move from one branch to another, as did Jesus and Moses and Elijah, as did St. Andrew and St. Francis when they talked with each other in that light of love which transcends all restrictions of time.”


--Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water


8 comments:

  1. Great quote. And GREAT picture! Happy birthday.

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  2. A Blessed and Happy Birthday!!!

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  3. Happy Birthday Heather! Love and blessings!

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  4. Happy Birthday! July 19, 1952 was a good day for the Catholic Church!

    I certainly didn't beam that signal...peaceful quiet and good music are new phenomenons for my little soul

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  5. Jess (in Australia)July 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Happy Birthday :) I'm really enjoying (and growing through) "Shirt of Flame" ... the amazing thing was that right after I emailed you, a copy arrived in the mail, much sooner than I expected. But it wasn't alone - there was also a copy of "Poor Baby" and "Redeemed". It was a gift from some friends who'd recently been to stay and I must have mentioned how much I was looking forward to buying your book once I was employed and so they went ahead and ordered *three* of your books for me! (And now I have a second copy of "Shirt of Flame" which will bless someone else, too) I just wanted to share that story of beautiful gift giving and generosity with you on your birthday :)

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  6. Happy Birthday, belated. :) What a precious picture of you and your father!
    Peace and good,
    brenda

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  7. Happy Birthday Heather. I enjoy your writing and your books.

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  8. Happy belated birthday, Heather!!!! May the Lord bless you, keep you and cause his face to shine upon you. (It seems to me your father's face is shining upon you in the photo).

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