Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's Good to Be Clean

Wash your hands. Use soap.

Saturday's the perfect day for Whole Foods. I ate my way through the product samples while gathering a few items. My best buy for the quick trip was good soap,  3 for $6. I selected varying shades of white and fragrances: the ivory bar for Lavender, cream for Ginger Pear, and pure white for Clean Linen.
I'll use them with great pleasure.
Meanwhile, my sisters of perpetual charity are gathering singly-wrapped bars of soap for Lutheran World Relief. Last year we added 450 pounds of bar soap to a major shipment of health supplies sent overseas to refugee camps. A bar of soap (when water is available) is a great personal boon to miserable conditions.  
 What is elegance? Soap and water!
~~Cecil Beaton

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seeing the Light

It takes darkness to be aware of the light.
--Treasure Tatum
Waking this morning after cataract surgery was a revelation.
I can read the words on my phone without glasses!
And the light on the face of the phone shines brightly.
Modern medicine and surgeons hold miracles in their hands.
The idea that my doctor removed the cloudy natural lens from my right eye
and replaced it with a clear artificial IOC (intraocular lens)
while he talked to me as he did it
is well outside my realm of thinking.

I am deeply grateful for this gift and for all the health workers
who participate in our nation of caregivers. 
The visible reminder of Invisible Light
--T. S. Eliot