Author Archives: countrycontemplative

About countrycontemplative

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, Secular Franciscan, US Navy Veteran, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.

Caroline Martha Owens

Caroline was born on this day 18th day of January in 1898. She was the daughter of Welsh immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life. Her mother was from Bangor and her father from the Island of … Continue reading

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Blue Cross Arena Hoops Classic

Tonight I’ll be joining my wife, son and grandson at the Roc City Hoops Classic. The matchup features the St. Bonaventure Bonnies and the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. The Bonnies have been hot lately winning 10 of their last eleven … Continue reading

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Finding wholeness and holiness from a cranky and beautiful woman

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have now read three of her books this summer. She’s an incredible author who really speaks to me and my … Continue reading

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What we don’t know can hurt us

A friend who is suffering with a bout of poison ivy shared information about the increased prevalence of poison ivy in our environment and the increased toxicity of the plant. This is brought on by increased levels of CO2 in … Continue reading

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Take a deep breath and release

With those words my prostate cancer surgeon released me from life with a catheter. I’m grateful that I’m no longer tethered. I was learning to get along with these extras. They provided the necessary bridge to health after the robotic … Continue reading

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Reformation of Discovery and Healing

Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was the second book I’ve read in the past week by the author and I found her insights keen and a welcome conversation to what is … Continue reading

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Grateful for the journey

My life has had a lot of ups and downs in the past year. I don’t want to recount them now. A few months ago I learned from expert medical attention that I have prostate cancer. Who isn’t afraid of … Continue reading

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