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From The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church by Vladimir Lossky “The mystery of the divine Being, which is the distinction between the one nature and the persons, is graven upon humanity, called to participate in the life of the Holy Trinity. The two poles of human being – nature and persons – find their fullness the one in unity with the other in absolute diversity; for each person is united to God according to the mode which is proper to him alone.”

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I’ve been observing a very stately elderly East Indian gentleman in our apartment complex. Whenever I go for a walk, I wave to him. It always seemd to me that he wasn’t sure how to respond. After several months of this, I decided to introduce myself. He was outside his apartment in a long dress coat, and dress hat bouncing a tennis ball against the garage door. I asked if he needed a partner. Fortunately for me, he said no (I can’t play tennis to save my life). However, we ended up talking for almost an hour. It seems he imigrated to this country from Bangledesh about 20 years ago. He has a degree in history from a University in India. Our conversation covered many topics but came in the end to our current political situation. He is convinced that our president is mentally ill and for this he has compassion. He is very worried about our future. He went on at length about the history of leadership and the ability to put one’s followers above oneself as a sign of successful leadership. He spoke of Alexander the Great and Ghandi among others.
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About a month ago I met a lovely lady in church. I remarked to her that she looked very nice that day. She told me she was 92. I said she didn’t look a day over 75. I spoke the truth. I asked her what her secret was – Oil of Olay perhaps? She proceeded to tell me that she did facial exercises to keep her face looking young and promised to teach them to me. So there we were in the ladies room after church yesterday and she teaches me two exercises. The first one involves thrusting ones bottom chin out and holding for a count of 10. As I practiced she advised me to notice how this lifted the bosom and built muscles to support the breasts. I kept a straight face…for about 10 seconds. The next exercise involved holding the upper lip down and grimacing to build up the face muscles. Equally amusing but no bosom lifting on that one. As my mother would say, “I met the most interesting woman…” May I look so good at 92.

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One of the most frequent things I heard my mother say was “I met the most interesting person.” I seem to have inherited both her curiosity and ability. On Saturday night, we went to a free concert in a former church in the middle of Pennsylvania. The call it the Old Lynn church. No longer used for worship, it has become a place for free folk concerts. The group Four Shillings Short was wonderful but even more interesting was the couple next to us. They looked to be about 70 and were RV’ers from Virginia. They met each other just after WWII when she was hitch-hiking in NYC in a snow storm. She was a city person and he was a German-born US soldier who learned to speak English from his Louisiana Army unit. I never head anyone speak Cajun with a German accent. He gratefulness for our country and his patriotism to it was heartwarming. He didn’t appreciate the anti-war lyrics of the singers but his Democratic NYC wife did!

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