Thursday, April 15, 2010

Update 4/15/10 Day 157

Dear friends,

Well, May is my anniversary month, and I’m hoping to enlist your assistance to come up with a good idea for an overnight with Hercules. Last year we went early (in March) to the Adirondacks for a stellar day of cross country skiing. Lots of times we like to hike, but that’s out this year. (Canes don’t go well in the Adirondacks. Or the Catskills for that matter). One idea is to go to Oyster Bay, Long Island to visit Sagamore Hill, home of Theodore Roosevelt. But I don’t know anything about that part of Long Island, and I’m not sure there are any pretty places nearby to stay. Anyway, if you have any ideas, email me or comment me or call me! We can stay for one night, possibly two if the price is manageable, and it needs to be within driving distance from home. There is, of course, that magnificent city only 150 miles south, and we do have the dear Hugh and Joelle to give us a temporary home… Mostly I just want not to let my anniversary slip by, especially this year. Especially.

In the final bible study of the spring, Beth Moore read this quote by Teddy Roosevelt. It’s one of Smitty’s favorites:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Whenever I read that quote, I am convicted by my own lack of courage. I’m struck by the many times I have settled for the comfortable road rather than be “disliked”. I am not one who “dares greatly” by nature. But this I can say: I do know the “great devotion” of wanting more than anything to walk with the Great One. He alone can turn my insecurities into trust and my weakness to strength. He’s the hero who gets the credit. No one has ever really gone into the arena the way He did, and for sure no one else has ever done it (or could) for a world of people drowning in darkness. His valiant effort gives all of us the chance to change. If the car accident helps you and I remember that we have a hot 5 minutes on this planet, it will have done some good. With those 5 minutes, we can be a doer of deeds. Even if we fail. Even if we come up short again and again. And remember what Jesus said “If anyone gives just a cup of water to one of these little ones, he will certainly not lose his reward”. The deeds need not be large. Only packed with love. In fact, if there’s no love in them, they profit us nothing. No matter what it looks like on the outside. Motive is everything. That brings me to my knees.

Time for a little Jughead comic before I close my eyes. Told you the intensity level calls for a little levity sometimes!

Thanks again for your comments and emails. I read every one, even on the days I can’t respond. You really do make my day!

Your friend on the pilgrim road,



Anonymous said...

Just about one of my favorite places on earth is Montauk. I am an ocean girl, so I can't think of a place more beautiful to be than smack dab in front of it. And besides that, the Montauk Bakeshop, which has THE best chocolate cheese cake on earth is in the area. Gossman's Dock is a great restaurant, and in May, I'm sure you could find tons of great deals on hotels or B&B's. And Long Island is flat as all get out - no climbing steep hills for Steve.

Ant & I spent our 20th anniversary in Saratoga at a B&B called The Mansion. It's not in Saratoga proper, but on route 29 (?) about 7miles out. We came into Saratoga for lunch & dinner, but the beauty of the B&B itself was enough to keep me there for hours on end.

See you later.

sarajofina said...

Pete and I stayed at the Maplestone Inn in New Paltz a few months ago. It was really nice and so were the people who ran it (B&B). Food was amazing and there is a bunch of stuff to do within driving distance. I know hiking is great there (so maybe better for another time), but if you enjoy relaxing by a lake or something too it could work.


Susan said...

Hi You Two,


I found the article at the link below completely by accident, and although you couldn't go to these places this year, maybe you could call it a Virtual Anniversary Tour.

The website turns out to be a spot for Christian creative-types, especially writers. I thought the description of this English tour, with at least one of your favorite authors in it, might be something you'd like, Loriann. Also, the writing reminds me of your style.

Susan K. See below for the link to this really beautiful article. I tried to copy the actual article in, but it wouldn't let me. Please let me know if the link doesn't work, and i'll just email it, because this is really, really special.

Here it is:

Larry said...

TR... bully! What a magnificent, intelligent, complex, vibrant human being. TR's Oyster Bay is wonderful if you're a fan. But be warned, you must climb two flights of stairs to see all the rooms of the marvelous house.
If you do come into NYC, shoot me an email or call. Would love to get together with you and Steve for lunch or dinner.

Anonymous said...

Dear Susan,I couldn't locate the travel info. to which you were referrring.However,what a great site!Bloggers,check it out,if you haven't as yet. -A fellow Smithie road-walker

Anonymous said...

There is nothing more beautiful and powerful (to me anyway) than standing on the jetty in Rockport, MA (it is a cane friendly jetty) - and I would imagine all the B&B's are pretty inexpensive this time of year but take my word for it.. it is beautiful.. you are so close to Salem and Gloucester which are also favorite places of mine.. also the NH coastline is stunning even more in the "off season" because it is just you and the waves..and some cheap hotel rooms!!

---Kimberly S

Susan said...

Hello, Anonymous (4rth poster down),

The travel description can be found by clicking the "About the Rabbit Room" thing on the upper right of the home page. The article is just below the larger picture on that page, left side.