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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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hot, Hot Days in Sierra Leone

Last night I was talking with James on the phone, he says it is very hot in Freetown. In Kabala, Mako tells me it is so hot, he cannot sleep. I know what he is talking about, the hot nights, mosquitoes buzzing around, it definitely is too hot to sleep.

But during the day, its a different story, the heat makes it hard NOT to fall asleep.

Last month, while we were in Sierra Leone,
there were days that it seemed like the heat had put a spell on us.
We'd go out, do our work, come back to St. Laurence House and "knock-out" for an hour. After a little rest, we'd go out again.
This made our days long and delayed but with the hot sun zapping our energy,
it was the only way to get through it.

Along the streets, you'd find people who had succumbed to the extreme heat, sleeping right on the ground.
Even the animals, searched out shaded spots to rest in the heat.
The rainy season will come in a few months, but for now
The sweltering days require periodic "napping".