A Quote to Start Things Off
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Friday, September 8, 2023
*Note* I originally wrote and published this post on Friday September 8th 2023 and I inexplicably deleted 1/2 of it and then deleted the rest trying to fix it. If I could explic it, it wouldn't be inexplicable.
The post contained below is what I wrote Friday, to the best of my growing faultier by the day memory.
On the first Thursday of each month, An internet community gathers to explore the spiritual ramifications of a given topic or to make their own spiritual observations off the topic. This months host is Patricia Franz of the Reverie Blog Her entry is Life At The Speed of Grace.
I really enjoyed her post. I liked her idea that grace is shorthand for God. I especially liked her poem featuring an adieuing owl and a blooming cucumber. I spent a good deal of time reflecting on Grace and the idea of God's grace and here are some of my reflections.
Allen Levi is my friend. He is also one of my heroes. I have only met him 4 times and these have always been at concerts he's playing. Yet I consider him a friend and kindred spirit. In my opinion Allen is a jack of all trades, master of all. He is a former lawyer, a former judge (with a 20 year gap between these occupations). He left law in the early 90's to become an independent singer songwriter. During that time he took a year off from singing, writing, and touring to be his brother's caregiver as his brother was dying, of cancer. He wrote an excellent book about his brother called The Last Sweet Mile. He has also written a fine children's book based on his song Oliviatown.
Recently Allen finished his first novel. It is called Theo of Golden and is available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and on Kindle. His website has a link to a sample chapter. Levi also is or has been a beekeeper, bird enthusiast, book reader (volunteers each year to regularly read to a grade school class) and blogger. And those are just the things I know of that begin with the letter B.
I say all this because when I began reflecting on Patricia's post the first thing that popped in my head were Allen Levi song lyrics and since Mr. Levi isn't the household name that I think he should be, I needed to answer the question of who Allen Levi is before I could begin in earnest. And earnest I am; so begin I shall.
As I mentioned Allen Levi is one of my heroes. The lyrics that popped in my mind when I started reflection on Grace, is from his song. "Most of My Heroes".