Camino Photo of the Day: a Long Slog Ahead

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 03:58 pm
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The Way stretches long on the Meseta. After Itero de la Vega, the next village is a conservative 8.4km on – more than two hours’ walk. And our destination for the day was another 5.4km beyond that. The terrain, as you will see in the photos of the coming days, is relatively flat.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-long-slog-ahead/)



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Charlie Alliston - my thoughts

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 12:30 pm
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As a London cyclist for the past four and a half years, I have always been very clear that the most dangerous road users are pedestrians.

I've hit three in those four and a half years:
  1. An elderly man with a stick who stepped into the road to cross between cars in queuing traffic, without checking to his left to see if there were any cyclists skimming along the space between cars and kerb. He had the decency to apologise to me when I failed to quite stop in time. (I had nowhere to swerve to because of the cars).
  2. A woman with her gaze firmly on her mobile phone as she stepped out in front of me. I saw her and swerved out towards the middle of the road to avoid her trajectory, as she looked up and stopped dead in my adjusted path.
  3. A young lad, one of several who were standing in the middle of a busy road chatting, for no obvious reason. I swerved to avoid and as I did, he stepped backwards into my path.
So on Monday, Charlie Alliston, who collided with a pedestrian who stepped into his lane, gaze only on her mobile phone, was sent to a young offenders' institution because she died after the collision.
Was he sentenced so because the type of bike he was riding wasn't roadworthy and experts say he could have stopped if it had been? Was it because he hadn't shown any visible remorse for what happened (if a pedestrian had stepped into my path and caused me to go flying, I think I'd have been angry rather than remorseful, myself). Was it, as some newspapers have suggested, because both he and the deceased lady are attractive and caught the attention of the media? Was it because he didn't appear to attempt to stop on the CCTV footage, expecting her to move when he yelled?
I don't know why, I know that it bothers me that the lady who stepped into the road without looking is being painted as blameless. She lost her life, he has lost years of his and will always have to live with the trauma. In this case, I definitely think that the phrase "It takes two to tango" is appropriate. We are taught when we are very small to look at the road before crossing. She didn't.

Camino Photo of the Day: Psychedelic Gnomes

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 03:08 pm
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Parts of the town of Itero de la Vega are a little run down. As you get toward the edge of town, you will note that graffiti artists have tried to make the best of a bad situation by covering these derelict buildings with a fresh coat of paint. These are nowhere near the quality of the murals in... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-psychedelic-gnomes/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Thrice Welcome to Palencia

Monday, September 18th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Castilla y León (and, indeed, all of Spain) is divided into provinces. Here, we are leaving the Province of Burgos and entering the Province of Palencia. Why they felt the need to tell us three times, I’m not certain.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Border between the Provinces of Burgos and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-thrice-welcome-to-palencia/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Puente de Itero del Castillo

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 03:10 pm
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Just past San Nicolás de Puente Fitero is the Río Pisuerga, which forms the border between the provinces of Burgos and Palencia. This bridge contains construction work from the 12th, 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. It’s a highway bridge, so we leave the muddy path to walk on asphalt among... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puente-de-itero-del-castillo/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: San Nicolás de Puente Fitero

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 03:08 pm
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We are approaching the Ermita de San Nicolás de Puente Fitero. This little 12th-century church once belonged to the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (a.k.a. the Knights of Malta). For awhile, it was a parish church for the nearby village of Itero del Castillo.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-san-nicolas-de-puente-fitero/)



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A long time

Friday, September 15th, 2017 05:58 pm
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I can't like this page as much as LJ, it just doesn't feel right.

And I have been so busy! Arranging the hen party, Rome, Bruges, France, Spain and now Turkey. I am beginning to wonder if my life's angel is showing me gorgeous places in case it's time to go...

Turkey was wonderful. I need to go there again, and find those underground cities. Oh but my dreams were strange... Dad striding into my room, angry with me for not telling him about the attack and supposedly stealing some necklace in vengeance, a dream in which I found one of my cats tormented by the far right and rescued it, another dream with me murdering someone and getting away with it, so cleverly that even the person implicated by my machinations couldn't be harmed; Smokingboot as The Talented Mr Ripley.

I am not at rest at all.

Our Lady of Sorrows

Friday, September 15th, 2017 04:53 pm
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Whither is thy Beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? Whither is thy Beloved turned aside, and we will seek Him with thee?
We begin with the first antiphon of Lauds for today’s feast of The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Monastic Diurnal.
The Blessed Virgin... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/our-lady-of-sorrows-2017/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Mud Closeup

Friday, September 15th, 2017 03:04 pm
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This was our afternoon. We descended from Alto de Mostalares into the wet and muddy plains. Then we trudged through mud. And then it rained some more. Huzzah!

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Near Itero del Castillo (Castilla y León, Spain)
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A Bit of a Personal Update

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Tuesday was wacky. It included being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords.
Yesterday, on the other hand, has been a good day. Served Mass, went on a 5k hike with my beautiful bride, ran some errands, had lunch with my smart and funny daughter Raine, filed for... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/a-bit-of-a-personal-update/)



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File under: Family, Francine my love, Moments in Time

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Today is celebrated in the western Church as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Exaltatio Sanctæ Crucis). In the eastern Church, it is known as “the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross”.
The feast commemorates a number of events: the finding of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/exaltation-of-the-holy-cross-2017/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Descent

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 03:08 pm
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This is a heck of a view in better weather. What’s not so great is the concrete path down. It’s pretty steep, and in damp conditions seems particularly treacherous. The bikes just fly down, and everybody else takes tiny, tiny steps as slowly as they can. It’s no fun.

Date: 15... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-descent/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Going Down?

Monday, September 11th, 2017 03:11 pm
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As you can see, Francine is not thrilled with the upcoming walk down the Alto de Mostalares. Me neither.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Colina de Mostalares (Castilla y León, Spain)
Today’s Map:

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In Praise of Altar Servers

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 11:56 pm
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Last Thursday, we celebrated a funeral in our parish of Holy Rosary. Nothing unusual in that. The one constant of life is the inevitability of death.
This particular funeral was that of a priest, Rev. Dominic Hahn. He was born in 1937, was baptized and grew up in our parish, graduated from our... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/in-praise-of-altar-servers/)



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File under: Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg, community, Rev. Jacob Maurer, Rev. Michael Wagner, Save the Liturgy, Save the World

Camino Photo of the Day: the Edge of the World

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Well, actually the edge of the Alto de Mostalares, complete with the sign warning of an 18-degree downslope. We’re still up in the clouds, here, so you can only see the barest hint of the world beyond. Unlike the climb up or the road across, the climb down is paved in concrete. This makes... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-edge-of-the-world/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: ...and Rest

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 03:57 pm
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Once you make it to the top of the Alto de Mostalares, there’s a lovely sheltered area where you can rest. I remember on my first Camino it was really warm the day I made this climb, and I spent a long, long time rehydrating here. Having made the climb on a cool, cloudy day was much... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-and-rest-2/)



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Camino Photo of the Day: Climbing into a Cloud

Friday, September 8th, 2017 03:09 pm
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We climbed the Alto de Mostalares with a passel of Evergreen students that we had been walking with on and off for several days: Brian, Tracy, Cooper, and Michelle. Brian and I climbed much of this side by side, discussing poetry and philosophy, both of which seemed to be demanded by the terrain... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-climbing-into-a-cloud/)



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The Birth of the Virgin

Friday, September 8th, 2017 02:46 pm
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WEST: Giotto’s Birth of the Virgin
God is truly a poet to confound the mathematicians and a mathematician to confound the poets.
Nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December, today we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast so... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-birth-of-the-virgin/)



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