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.

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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Prayers for Healing and Wholeness

On Monday they’re going to make me a holey man. Being holey isn’t the same as holiness and yet these doctors who’ll be making me holey will be using incisions and robotically assisted instruments to return me to health and … Continue reading

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Be Relentless

Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm by Hamish Brewer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hamish Brewer is anything but typical. A tattooed skateboard riding principal whose zest for life and education transcends tradition, culture, place and every … Continue reading

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Reluctant Warrior

I love Assisi and the Military Veterans Pilgrimage. It’s helped to make me whole. In the spring of 1972 my life was interrupted by a draft notice. I was opposed to war then and now. I think there are better … Continue reading

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The Good Journey

As we parted company this morning my friend John said, ‘Donald, this has been the good journey.’ Indeed it has and in the space of nine days we traveled over ten thousand miles via jet aircraft, taxi, bus and on … Continue reading

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We Happy Few

As the sun sets on our pilgrimage and on the horizon I’m filled with gratitude for a week of healing and peace. A week ago most of us had never met and now seven days later we are united by … Continue reading

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