Friday Favorites 3/22/2013

mission SBToday, I am headed north to Santa Barbara for our Spring Men’s Retreat, which is at the Santa Barbara Mission Renewal Center this year.   If you’ve been following along for a few years, you know that this 12-Step retreat has been going on for more than twenty years, most of those years at the San Lorenzo Retreat Center north of Santa Barbara.  We all loved San Lorenzo but a year and a half ago, San Lorenzo closed the Retreat Center and became strictly a seminary.  After some searching, we headed south to the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, near San Diego.  I liked it there a lot but the group decided to move again, and here we are, back in Santa Barbara.  In the end, the retreat is the men, not the place …but I hope we settle in soon because it is particularly special when retreat memories begin to attach to the place it’s held.

So, how do I bridge from Feeling Old Again to a weekend of contemplation?   Well, last Thursday, in Older Eyes’ Day Off, I threatened to take a real day off, where I say, To Heck with Everything and go to the beach.  And I promised to tell you about it the next day.  Yesterday was that day.

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the surf.  And that is this week’s Friday Favorite.


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