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    And the Last Word: How many brains are
                                     in a bushel anyway?

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And now, the Last Word:
Here you go, you wild and crazy people:

"I say you are mad with love, my Jesus, and I will always say it. You are
altogether lovely and merry,  you refresh and console, you nourish and
unite, you are torment and relief, effort and rest, death and life in one.
What is not in you? You are wise and willful, sublime and
immeasurable, wonderful and inexpressible."

--St. Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607)
Italian Carmelite nun and mystic who was canonized in 1669
    by Bill Wright

    JULY 21-AUGUST 2, 2006

    Sunday July 23, 2006

    To begin with, Kabul is a long way from Abilene, Texas.  After changing planes
    three times and traveling for the better part of three days, I felt like a certified
    “road warrior”.

    On the last travel day with no sleep and a bit of nervousness, I found the aisle
    seat on Arab Air flight G90283 to Kabul from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates
    global hot spot. My seat mate, a Pashtun from the south of Afghanistan and the
    ancestral home of the Taliban, immediately began silent prayer after we squeezed
    into the tourist class Airbus seats. That was understandable considering he didn’t
    know how to adjust his seat belt.

    I had another reason to be worried. Inflight, the attendant offered a sharma bun for
    $4.00 US, and having had scant fare the preceeding days, I jumped at the chance.
    The man seated across the aisle who worked for the UN World Food Project
    bought one also. In my haste to satisfy my hunger I had eaten the entire thing when
    I realized that the food man took one bite of his and folded the rest up. “A diet?”,
    I enquired... (continued on page 2)
Bill Wright is a Texas photographer with five photographic books to his credit. He has
work in public and private collections including the British Library in London; the
National Museum of American Art in Washington; the Smithsonian Institute in
Washington; and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas,
Austin. He recently made a trip to Afghanistan, and kept a journal of his experiences.

Today: Part One
Photo by Stephen Bowman
This is another day, O Lord.
I know not what it will bring
forth, but make me ready, Lord,
for whatever it may be.
If am to stand up, help me to
stand bravely.
If I am to lie low, help me to do
it patiently.
And if I am to do nothing, let
me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than
words, and give me the Spirit
of Jesus.
--Book of Common Prayer, 1979
Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride.

--Sutta Nipata
From the Tripitaka Buddhist canon
Photo: Stephen Bowman
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The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.

--Zephaniah 3:17
Photo: Chuck Bowman
We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we
have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our
own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future
can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
--Swami Vivekananda ( 1863-1902)
Vedanta Hindu spiritual leader
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering you own imperfections but instantly
set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.

--Saint Francis de Sales (1567 - 1622)
Founder of the Institute of the Visitation, Doctor of the Universal Church
and the inspiration for several religious congregations
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.

--Dutch Proverb
Be patient toward all that is unsolved
in your heart. And try to love the
questions themselves.

--Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
Widely considered the German language's
greatest 20th-century poet.