Life, Living and Lived


This is a collection of experiences for me so far this week. On Sunday, I was told by one of our priests as I entered that one of my best friends at church had died the previous day. I had known him for at least thirty years as a friend and (for the early years) a co-usher at church. With a group of friends, we had lunch together during our working years. His loss has hit me pretty hard.

Then, this morning, with my wife and a daughter, we went to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens off of 295 on the east side of the Anacostia river. These lily gardens were started by a Civil War veteran in the 1870’s and were acquired by the Park Service in the 1920’s. We were told the lilies were not at there peak, but the variety and colors were beyond anything I have ever seen.

On the way over, my driving daughter taught her mother how to use the direction finder on my cell phone. On the way home, she set it up (simple so even I could use it) for me. All I could think of was the years I had spent in unfamiliar territory trying to read a map to get to my destination. This addition to living life would have made mine so much easier when I was younger with a car full of children, or trying to find a school with a student teacher.

  1. #1 by Marvin Mostow on August 16, 2017 - 6:03 pm

    Sorry about your friend. My wife is in charge of directions. We were in England, my wife drove, but I had the important job of saying “Stay Left”. Team work is important

    • #2 by John Boswell on September 2, 2017 - 7:28 pm

      Thank you. As you can tell by this, I am just beginning to look here for my comments.

  2. #3 by Terry Jackson on August 25, 2017 - 6:12 pm

    I hope you are on vacation or enjoying some time off. I haven’t seen an updated post in a few weeks, so praying that all is well with you, Dr. Boswell. Fondly, Terry

    • #4 by John Boswell on September 2, 2017 - 7:31 pm

      We were at the beach. We have been going with our family to Sanibel Island for a week on the west coast of Florida for many years now.

  3. #5 by Terry on September 9, 2017 - 4:21 am

    I’m worried about Florida, especially this weekend…. let’s keep them in our prayers!

    • #6 by John Boswell on September 10, 2017 - 4:22 pm

      I am glued to the TV report now.

    • #7 by John Boswell on September 10, 2017 - 4:38 pm

      Miami is just getting water in the streets now as I watch.

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