On this day 55 years ago, 7-year-old Roger Woodward, who was wearing a life jacket, survived a 162-foot plunge over Niagara Falls after a boating accident. Woodward, who later developed a love of boating, became a certified diver, even joined the Navy, became the first person to go over the Falls by accident and live. He had one peaceful moment during the chaotic, scary incident… (1960)
While he was going over the brink of the Falls, he said he felt like he was “floating in a cloud. I had no sensation of up or down.” Newspapers called it a “miracle” that he survived the rocky bottom of Horseshoe Falls. It may have been a “water cone” that broke his fall, a phenomenon of water and air bouncing back up from the rocks. The retired white collar worker, who now lives in Alabama suffered only a slight concussion, scrapes and bruises. His first word when rescued in Ontario by the tour boat at the bottom was reportedly, “Gosh”.
— Good News Network
More info: http://www.infoniagara.com/history/rogerwoodward_miracle.aspx
I love it when a voice of compassion, strength and reason is heard so clearly. You may already have seen this, but here’s South Carolina State Representative Jenny Horne of Dorchester County as she delivered an impassioned speech last night after sitting through hours of attempts to avoid a clean bill taking down the Confederate Rebel Flag from the SC capitol grounds.
Thank you, Representative Horne.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 4
I’m trying to keep my brain healthy (don’t start) by taking different routes when I’m going places–driving or walking. (I’m not sure if it really helps or not, but it’s fun seeing new sites and recovering from getting lost.)
This morning, I thought I was driving back home (to historic district Savannah) from daughter Amy’s house (on nearby Skidaway Island) by taking a left when I usually take a right. (Is that a good idea?) “I think this will probably lead to Isle of Hope and then though Sandfly back downtown.”
But it took me to a small island I had not discovered before: Burnside Island …
… and a little surprise.
A tiny library! Miss Coni’s! Right there in a shady, wooded spot on the side of the road.
I was mesmerized so of course had to visit a bit.
I chose an age- (and brain-) appropriate book …
… and sat down to read.
Such a fun (and intellectual) way to spend a few lost moments.
I am coming to love and appreciate the teachings of Franciscan Richard Rohr. I am learning so much about the danger of Either/Or thinking. And the liberating joy of Both/And thinking.
Consider today’s short meditation:
Whatever our political affiliations or leanings, grace is certainly amazing.
Peace to Our Country, Peace to Our World.
It’s time for some flags to be LOWERED–and some flags to be RAISED.
Yesterday afternoon, after the Supreme Court announcement, in an impromptu celebration in Johnson Square here in Savannah:
First couple who married in Chatham County (Savannah):
Of course, we do not all agree, but hopefully we can all respect.
May Love and Joy be your Portion this night …
… because really, it’s all about Love.
What a Joyful June Week! I hope yours has been too.
1. Lucking onto the COOLEST tour of Piedmont Park (in Atlanta) the other day.
Here’s wonderful guide Lauren of the Piedmont Park Conservancy:
I learned all about The Cotton States Exhibition which was held there in the late 1880’s and Booker T. Washington’s famous Separate but Equal speech delivered in the park.
2. Cooling Rain outside my study window yesterday afternoon.
3. The Supreme Court Decision a little while ago:
4. Appreciating this s0-true affirmation by Bernard Jordan from his book, The Laws of Thinking.
Yes, we live at the address of our thoughts!
5. Our beautiful sky.
May you experience a supremely beautiful weekend ahead!