Date Archives May 2008

Another Reduction of Services

One observation I made a long time ago is the ingenious design of sippy cups. Here is a vessel that lets you drink lying down. So you can luxuriate with that warm cup of milk, ideally delivered not just to your bed, but to your mouth, without emerging from your equally toasty array of blankets (that are slathered with your favorite story characters, vehicles and other points of inspiration). So you can drink without leaving your cocoon.Then you turn some age that your parents have arbitrarily pegged as “too old”… Read More

Time Continues to Fly: Paul turns six

So here is a shot of Paul a couple of weeks after turning six years old. Pretty remarkable how fast a human being traverses from being an infant small enough to fit on one hand, into an introspective, inquiring and inquisitive child. “Dad do you see how big I am getting?” – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image) 6 and Very Proud of It – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image) The 2 Brothers – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image)

Seattle is Graced by Potta: Sweating the Details

Generally, if you want to make something look easy, work intensely and smartly on the planning and preparation. As Ben Franklin said, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” The work prior to the Potta retreat was no exception. I can only speak from the observations of an outsider but the many workstreams (music, location, equipment, food, childcare, publicity) required steady effort to tease out the details, practice on an extensive basis in some instances and this preparation greatly reduced the number of last minute fire drills that occurred. Central… Read More

Seattle is Graced by Potta: The Retreat Sessions

Here are just a few shots from the actual function – – unfortunately I would say they do not do enough to convey the power and energy experienced by those who attended. A New Day Starts – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image) Leading with Prayer and Song – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image) Holy Water, Petitions and Offerings – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image) Reflecting on a Passage; Leading in SongAbe Pachikara, Copyright 2008 (click for larger image)

Seattle is Graced by Potta

At last, Potta came to town! After numerous practices and painstaking planning by the Indian community at the St. Louise church in Bellevue and participation by Joe Thomas on behalf of the local Mayalee association, a weekend retreat was held facilitated by 4 inspiring members of the Divine Retreat Center in Potta, Kerala, India: Rev. Father Mathew Naickamparambil (who founded this remarkable institution); Rev. Fathers Antony Thekkanath and Martin Kalamparambil, who have just launched a mission in New Jersey; and Rev. Sister Therese Varakullam. For myself, who is unfamiliar with… Read More