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[From Jonathan Livingston Seagull]



On a painted sky
Where the clouds are hung
For the poet’s eye
You may find him
If you may find himThere
On a distant shore
By the wings of dreams
Through an open door
You may know him
If you may

As a page that aches for a word
Which speaks on a theme that is timeless
And the one God will make for your day

As a song in search of a voice that is silent
And the sun
God will make for your way

And we dance
To a whispered voice
Overheard by the soul,
Undertook by the heart
And you may know it
If you may know it

While the sand would become the stone
Which begat the spark
Turned to living bone
Holy, holy
Sanctus, sanctus

As a page that aches for a word
Which speaks on a theme that is timeless
While the one God will make
for your day

As a song in search of a voice that is silent
And the one God will make for your way




Manresa Castle Redux





A few months  ago my husband and I visited Manresa Castle.  It was such a fun experience and the staff was good about giving me a quick tour.    I received a bounce-back discount (as do all customers who stay at the castle)  that allowed me 50% off so my girlfriends and I decided to take the “haunted” castle for a special spin.

We stayed in the upper turret room on the right. Just below where the Jesuit priest hung himself.
Night Shot. I was astonished to be able to catch the visibility of the stars with my iphone.
The back courtyard
Barbed Brick perimeter fence








 The Rooftop Access


The first visit I was here I noticed the Roof Access Door.  Locked.  It had a window above it with a mechanism to open.  Didn’t work.  I know.  I tried three times.  I asked Lindsey about this as we passed the door again, telling her I had previously attempted.  She informed me the door had been locked for years.

So I turned the knob and it opened.  She looked a bit taken aback, her surprise didn’t seem feigned.  Excited I opened the door to find a light socket on the right and a set of very dusty stairs that went up and then turned left.  I headed halfway up the stairs before Lindsey stopped me and told me she needed to  go first as it may be hazardous.  I asked her to take my camera and photograph the scene after she turned the stairs.  The bottom picture is hers.  After you turn left, the stairs go up to a completely open hole to the exterior.  She wouldn’t let me go because of the stairs had holes.  She didn’t walk to the open window either.  It looked like there used to be a window there.

When I asked the gal at the front desk she reported a windstorm had blown off that window some time before.


Light switch inside the Roof stairwell.
The first set of steps on the stairwell, it turns left at the top.
The second stairwell leads to an open space where a window apparently used to be.


 The Basement

I did not see the basement in my previous visit so I was pretty excited when Lindsey told me she’d take us down there.  The laundry room is down there.  Lindsey also showed me the original brickwork and then allowed me access to the crawl space under the castle.  It was pretty big crawl space, I was able to stand in it.

Door to basement
Crawl space
Original brickwork
Original mudded brick
Storage space
Weird foggy window in basement
Entrance of basement from outside


 The Attic


The Jesuit nuns used this sink in the attic to wash laundry. It is still intact and in same position. It hasn’t been used for a very long time.

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