Today.. August 10th is my wife Deb's birthday. We have chosen to celebrate the day simply with an evening meal and get together with my daughter Allison and her Mom Joan. It is a blessing for me and our blended families to witness the true feelings of love and friendship which these two women share. It speaks so eloquently of their splendid souls... and the power of true sisterhood. We... are deeply blessed.
I would like to share a series of jpegs which chronicle the birth of a very special commission which Deb created for The Church of the Redeemer here in Rockport for the family of the late William (Bill) Hargett of Charlotte, South Carolina.
Ann and her loving family wanted to create a memorial in this quaint riverside Anglican clapboard church to commemorate Bill's pastoral contributions over a spoan of almost fifty years and their presence as a family on their beloved Saint Lawrence River. They chose Deb... as we all do because of her genuineness as a friend and her obvious passion and artisanship in stained glass.
Deb and Ann spent some time together to flesh out some biographical facts in order for Deb to relate to the subject... the family's wishes and the essential facts about Bill that would "read" iconographically to visitors to this church.
I will let the sequence of jpegs that I have selected speak for themselves to offer you the same opportunity to ponder the theme of her wonderfully colorful and expressive window. The cherry window frame was hand made by a local wood craftsman, Barry Wanless... who turned out to be a student from my very first grade seven class in Brockville. Serendipity you would say???... Not I!
The Universe works in mysterious ways
Cutting the bristol board pattern into separate pieces
Each bristol board piece is hand cut and laid into the template form for each section of the window
Each piece must be soldered to adjoin those around it in a uniform fashion. Then it must be repeated for the reverse side again
Middle section completed
Top section completed
Middle section foiled... ready to be soldered
The God Head... "three in one"... finally
The window installed... and back lit
Deb and Ann sharing a special moment after the service
The Hargett Gals with their window!... Those smiles are worth a million $$$ to an artist!!
Deb with her Hillsdale girl friend Grace Hallyburton who came all thew way to Rockport to share the day with Deb
"Mind.ful.ness" is the state of being centered squarely in the present through conscious meditation and daily practices which encourage and develop one's ability to live in accordance with... "what is".
Drawing from the present to create a pathway which is satisfying and rewarding through one's one gifts and talents is in my humble opinion... the "BIG MAGIC" in life.
I am privileged... honored and blessed to have such a wife, partner and best friend to share that path with. We are truly blessed.!
Happy Birthday JBG!... I love "You"... to the moon and back... and forever!!!
Stay tuned... I will add a joint celebratory posting on August 16th to celebrate the lives of my mentor-parents Don and Jean Sherman. Could never pass up an opportunity to give thanks for their combined lifetimes of love and support.