100 Books Project :: Sierra Madre, CA

[Book #81 was left at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, CA.]

I wish I had a better photo to show the beautiful spot where Book #81 was placed, but I was apparently not especially organized the day I attended one of Karen Maezen Miller's Mother's Plunge retreats this past June.  Nevertheless, I placed the book when I arrived that morning, and then was able to catch a glimpse of a lovely woman named Laura when she discovered the book.  I did not see her find it, but walked by as she was reading it, and was thrilled to see her take it with her back into the retreat after lunch.  I did not approach her or tell her I had left it there for her, as I felt like it would interrupt the flow of the day.  I also did not want to take any focus away from our lovely hostess, Karen Maezen Miller. But a few days later, I received the most loveliest of emails.  Here is an excerpt:

"Hi Christine,

My name is Laura. I was attending the "Mothers Plunge" retreat with Karen Maezen Miller this past Saturday at the Monastery in Sierra Madre.

The package was left in a space at the monastery that looked like a mini pavilion for a statue but there was no statue. I'm curious by nature and I was checking the space for signs of it's previous use. I saw the package propped up at the back of the base and went to investigate. I read the writing on the package and looked all around me - doubting that it was really a gift for me. Just as quickly, my mind wrapped around the idea that yes indeed the universe wanted to give me more and I took the package and sat down.

I haven't even read the book yet. I'm still processing the retreat with Karen. But I just know on a very deep level that this book and your message are definitely meant for me to help me on my journey.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for my gift.

Laura"

Thank you Laura!

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Christine Mason Miller

Santa Barbara, CA

Writer * Artist * Storyteller * Guide