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Saturday, October 12, 2019

And EAT I did! Buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner and SUCH good food, especially the cheese and bread. I gained 2 pounds and something! But I trust it will be gone again by next week. Part of the gain was just that I ate something when I got home late last night after a train delay en route. It took me 11 hours to get home!
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The retreat in the Swiss Alps was great, as usual. I did make a mistake, though. On one day, I logged into the faculty meeting at the Bible school via Zoom (like Skype). The technology was shaky and that was frustrating because I wasn't really able to participate and contribute as I would have liked. Also not super happy about some of the decisions that were made.
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As an adjunct, I don't have to go to the meetings, but I try to go at least once at the beginning and end of each semester to keep track of what's going on. Note to self - DON'T DO THAT AGAIN. A retreat is supposed to be time away from the hassles of everyday. I do love my work at the Bible school, but the new module system is posing challenges for everyone and I didn't need to be reminded of those challenges during the "time of refreshing."
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That brings me to another thought that really sunk in during the time away - I have this craving for rest and Sabbath and spiritual refreshing and am drawn to read books that are concerned with things like that. I'm reading one now called "Rhythms of Rest." Reading the book, however, isn't the same as applying what I've read. Duh, right?
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The mountain air was wonderful. I didn't get in as much walking as I would have liked due tto the faculty meeting and the rainy weather. I went for a 20-30 minute walk each evening, though.

Here's the view from my hotel room. The cloud formations and the patterns of sun and sky and snow-capped peaks are constantly changing and these are just two of the moments.





I'm already looking forward to next year!

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