The Busiest of Times

The busiest of times are the times I need you most, Oh Lord.

Life becomes a whirlwind each June, starting with my annual trip to the UK for a Kindlings Hearth with Nigel Goodwin at his home on the Isle of Wight. Two special highlights this year included a visit from the David McFadzean Family (David is a Hearth alum) who happened to be vacationing on the Isle of Wight, and a reunion with filmmaker Anthony Minghella’s parents. I met the father on a train a few years ago and comforted him at the loss of his son. This summer they presented me with an autographed copy of The English Patient screenplay.

July arrives and we are in full court press for KindlingsFest, which will be bigger than ever this year. (Starts July 27). There are a lot of details and logistics in this event and one has to keep one’s eye on the ball, which is making sure we intelligently and thoughtfully unfold this year’s theme of “Turning Mourning Into Dancing.”

Summer is party time, fresh Dungeness crab time, visits from family and friends time, and as a result, summer can become way-too-busy time.

It is good, and fun, but busy times can be the best of times and worst of times, so I stand by my opening line, the busiest of times are the times I need you most, Oh Lord.

Remember the old familiar “Slow Me Down Lord” bit?

“Slow me down Lord Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.

Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal march of time.

Give me amid the confusion of the day, the calmness of the eternal hills.

Break the tension of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of the singing streams that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking MINUTE vacations, Of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines of a good book.

Slow me down Lord and inspire me to send my roots deep into the soil of life’s enduring values that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.”


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