September 1, 2004 Vol. 18, No. 3 [p. 1]

Dear Friends,

We witnessed new life with three families of barn swallows this summer. What a joy!

Other images of the summer tumble together like a kaleidoscope--a beautiful variety of images sliding into one another. In June, blossoms and hummingbirds, rain, and video cameras; in July, trees thirsty for rain, board meetings, and planning; August, unexpected cool days and more planning meetings.

Mixed with all of these images are the sacred stories of our retreatants--men and women from all walks of life who come apart from their daily activities to give space to open their innermost reality to God. We feel privileged to share this with them.


We invite each of you, our readers, to consider God's nudge for you to spend time to open yourself to God.

Round and About

For Your Information

We have the Mastercard and Visa terminal in operation. Credit cards can be used in the gift shop or in making the donation for your retreat.

From the Kitchen

When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian -- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat, please! Thanks.

N_o_t   A_g_a_i_n  ? ! !

Mary, Clare, Lawrence Bush, and Morag (behind the camera) pause after pushing the John Deere onto the trailer for its regular visit to the shop.

So----- WISH LIST ... One new or nearly new John Deere Garden Tractor--to replace the 318 that spends most of its days in the repair shop.


The Catholic Foundation who gave us a $500 grant for partial scholarships for the abused and addicted.

Our summer volunteers-

All who have donated casseroles and desserts these summer months, especially the women from Crossgates U M C who brought casseroles and paper goods as part of their retreat donation. (An extra bonus for us --they included the recipes, too!)

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