St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Bush Cats & Candy Canes in Salone

As James and Alie Jalloh(from the United States) traveled towards Kabala to distribute the candy canes for the students at Nazareth House Kabala School, they stopped at various villages to hand out candy canes to the children. You never know who or what kind of creature will greet you as you happen upon a town or village. I can attest that most of the time, despite finding some sad conditions, every stop at every village you meet up with a new experience and you leave with new friends that will forever take up residency in your heart. I am sure that Alie is experiencing just that as he journeys from village to village with James.
Here Alie meets up with some children and their pet "bush cat". The strong peppermint/wintergreen aroma from the candy canes tends to disturb the little critter.


However, a walk on James' shoulder tends to calm the creature - although James' seems a bit apprehensive about the whole idea of a bush cat climbing up his sleeve. In fact, in a phone conversation to me James told me "Mama, I was scared!"


Becoming accustomed to the smell of candy canes and lips loudly sucking the sweet candy, the bush cat becomes content and poses for the camera with the children.