Cooper Murphy and Mau suggested we present a Spark about “surprise.” They both received some surprises at the Cat Scouts Jamboree Closing Ceremonies on Saturday night. As promised yesterday, they will tell you all about that tomorrow. But for today, here is the Spark they selected.


Sparks - Surprise


This is another of Dad Tom’s photos. It, however, was not taken this fall. It is from October 24, 2017. The photo was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Peaks of Otter, Virginia. The town of Montvale is in the distance.

The author of this week’s Spark, Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, Nouwen went on to work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to his death in 1996 at age 64, Nouwen published 39 books and authored hundreds of articles. His books have sold more than seven million copies worldwide and been published in more than 30 languages.

Sparks badgeSparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Annie is taking a “break” from blogging, so there is no hop. Many of us still continue to post a Spark on Monday, as we believe in Annie’s vision: “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!”

Sunday Selfies Hop Problems

Please accept my apologies for the problem yesterday with the blog hop. When I got up in the morning I had an e-mail from the developer that Linky Tools was working. I added the hop to the post at that time. Though I promised to add those to the hop who left the link to their post in the Comments, I was only able to do that for a few participates. In most cases Linky Tools would not accept the links I entered. If you would like to check if your link is included and add it if it isn’t, click on the link to yesterday’s post at the bottom of this one.

Thanks for understanding that sometimes technology just DOES NOT work.