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  1. nancy s said,

    June 8, 2010 at 1:42 am

    forwarding a note from our faithful reader, Donna Veeder, in Little Falls:

    …..I always love to read these letters. Still wish I could attend your
    meetings. But not even going to the little church we attend here
    lately. One problem I have is that is it restrictive. It cannot see
    that this group you all make is the same as a “real” church.

    This month in National Geograhic, there is an article about the
    Mogaoku (SP? I think) caves in Dunhuang, in western China, out near
    the western end of the Great Wall. I went there in 1986 and
    actually saw, in person, these great Buddhas! They are three of the
    largest in the world. It made a huge impression on me. I climbed
    up the large pagoda and saw that tallest one, 61 ft. I think they
    said, from all angles. It was the largest Buddha I have ever seen.
    It was not painted then, but brown, carved out of the loess soil of
    the hill; must have been cleaned for re-painting. Its feet were as
    high as my head. It could not be photographed because it is so
    large. SO, I just stood there and looked, hoping to remember it

    There was another one, I think one of the ones pictured in that
    article, which was so beautiful, the most beautiful I have ever seen;
    it made me want to cry. I was stuck by the delicacy of the carving,
    one essentially carved in hard packed dirt. The great sleeping
    Buddha seemed very peaceful, though his followers are painted in
    mourning as he dies.

    Out there in the sandy mountains there was such a feeling of great
    space. I did not want to come down off that mountain. The sky surely
    was as blue as they said here. No clouds, just blue, blue, blue.

    Love to you all! DCVeeder

  2. Allison said,

    October 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Dear Church of Skippy devotees,

    I just received your missive this morning in the cold bright sunshine of Kabul. As always, the energy of the rich and inviting conversations that you have seem to reach across the miles and fill me with inspiration. Thank you for what you have and what you share. It was also a happy reminder of my brief visit this summer when I got to see some of you and stand with you at the vigil. I hope you are all doing well.

    And also I must thank you for your generosity of your offering for the House of Flowers. You are so right; winter is the hardest time, and it’s already cold here and they’re talking about putting out the heaters, but delaying as long as possible. The new infants will get their heater first probably today or tomorrow. The staff is pulling out the hats and sweaters and socks, and is getting ready to put plastic on the windows.

    I’ve been here nearly a month now, and am looking sadly at my departure date 3 days from now.But it’s been just an incredible trip, reconnecting with the children and staff of the House, and the people and life of Afghanistan, seeing all the changes from the past 6 years. I don’t know if Sue shared my blog address wtih you, but if you’re interested to read of some of my experiences here and see some pictures, it’s at Your COS topic of Doors and Windows was provocative. Here in Afghanistan, doors are important to provide the privacy that is required culturally. And yet, once those doors are open, the hospitality and welcome within is unparalleled.

    Thank you for everything you do.


  3. October 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    […] is still in need of support, especially with the approach of winter. Please also take a moment to read the lovely letter just in from Allison Lide, from the House of Flowers. And visit her […]

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