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Dr. Kirby Kilpatrick who sent us off to Africa with the remaining tools of his trade as an OB/GYN (these can be seen on an earlier blog) wrote the title of this blog entry because of a slight poem I wrote and now share with you this Thanksgiving morning.  Sending it of course, to wish all our readers a happy day and to say I am thankful for YOU!


This morning began as usual.

A walk on the edge of the woods with James

We do not do that in Africa.

To walk a dog on a leash would be highly unusual.


There was delight in our walk; almost cold enough.

There were oak leaves for me to crumple through, and for James, smells to enjoy.

We both had unusual, uninterrupted sleep.

And awoke refreshed and thankful


Now for the African part.

Rooibos tea and a very small piece of toast (Prairie bread)

With unsalted butter and honey,

Honey I was going to take to Africa.


My day usually begins with prayer, even before our walk.

Perhaps that will come later,

Unless the walk and the tea were prayer enough

To reach the Mighty and  Holy One.


Yes, Africa has covered me like a healing balm.    With love to all, Tally

November 1st is always All Saints’ Day in the Church ~ a day when we “bless God’s Holy Name for all His servants departed this life in His faith and fear.”  It follows All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween.  All Souls’ Day comes on Nov. 2nd when we remember the souls departed, and we have all known them.  

There are so many pictures I could/would/should put on this blog entry.  Just look at the television.  Like you, I have been glued to it with the news of Super Storm Sandy.  I look at the pictures with tears in my eyes.  New Jersey and New York are not that far from us ~ just up the road a’piece.   Saints ~ I think of the firemen, the “first responders,” nurses, Americans at our best.  The list is non-ending.  Just saw a man and wife ~ she had delivered a baby at the peak of the storm in a hospital in NYC with no electricity.  The nurse is a saint.  I salute her from afar.

Saints are all around us ~ just look around and I’ll bet you see one.  You may be one too.


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