Sunday, May 24, 2009


It's gotten really hot rather quickly here -- it was 119 degrees Fahrenheit in the sun around 1700 hours (5 p.m.) yesterday afternoon.

What few wild flowers have managed to survive until now won't last much longer.

It's brutal.

I saw lots and lots of Soldiers moving around wearing their full battle-rattle, in the midst of the heat of the day. Because I didn't go outside the wire yesterday, I didn't even touch my body armor, let alone put it on and go outside.

Just imagine having to move around the battlespace in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on a day like yesterday, or be out on a foot patrol, or stand guard -- in all that gear.

Count your blessings!

I do.

Now that spring has sprung a leak and completely deflated, I realized I didn't see (or smell) a single iris this spring -- probably for the first time in my life.

I'm not sure why I love irises so much. Maybe it's because by the time they're blooming in Michigan, there's no way we'd be getting any more snow!

In any event, I found myself missing them yesterday, so I hunted up some photos I've taken over the years, to remind me of their intricate beauty.

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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