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Sabbaticals & Decked Out Water

February 11, 2011

Time away – what a lovely thought. Time away from the daily grind, the routine, the hassles, the headaches, the kids, the spouse, the pets…
Time with self; alone, no noise, no distraction, no excuses…

The luxury of a sabbatical… Indulging oneself in forced solitude for the purpose of reflection… The horror of sabbatical – no longer any reasons to put off the…what? Writing? Drawing? Prayer?

Vacations are necessary for employees to perform at their best – time away allows for rest & renewal, recharging the batteries for the next weeks/months of projects & progress. But a vacation has specific expectations regarding activity, especially when children are involved. Our “Be still & know that I am God” trips to the beach, though not the frantic amusement park chaotic, exhausting family vacation still involved meal preparation, sunscreen application, wave-jumping, national seashore walks, Blue Angel air shows… Though we didn’t have the nightmares that some experience, there wasn’t time for quiet reflection about much of anything.

DH & boys on vacation.jpg

(Taken many years ago on the sea wall of Ft. Pickens.)

Get your calendar out & schedule a sabbatical – even if it is only for an hour or so. Give yourself a measure of time to just be. The phones are turned off, as are the computer, the television, anything that pulls your focus outside of yourself. Find a favorite place, home or not at home, then retreat into yourself & think, pray, read, draw, rest…

Decked Out Water

This is a Southern Living recipe. Enjoy!


  • 1 medium Cucumber
  • 12 c Water
  • 3 thin Orange Slices
  • 3 thin Lemon Slices
  • 3 fresh, thin Ginger Slices
  • 3 fresh flat-leaf Parsley
  • 6 fresh or frozen Cranberries
  • Garnish: fresh curly-leaf Parsley


  1. Cut 2 thin lengthwise slices from cucumber. Reserve remaining for another use.
  2. Stir together cucumber slices, 12 c water & next 5 ingredients in a large water container or pitcher.
  3. Cover & chill 1 hour.
  4. Pour over ice in glasses before serving.
  5. Garnish if desired.

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