Candles in Bregenz, or Your April Book of Days

Now it is April, and here is your Convivio Book of Days calendar for the month. I light a candle in every church I go to, if I can. It’s a habit I picked up from my grandmother, who has been on my mind a lot lately, as she always is this time of year, for it was on the 30th of March that she left this world, many years ago. And last night, while I was searching through my photographs for one of chickens or eggs––a suitable springtime image––for what would be the cover star of this month’s calendar, I came across this one. A simple tray of candles, each representing someone’s prayer, someone’s wish. It was at a small old church in Bregenz, Austria. I lit the candle at the bottom left, for Grandma and for anyone who needed that light. Nowadays it’s apparent we all need it. Chickens, eggs: I’m sorry. Candles feel more appropriate this April. The calendar is a printable PDF, a fine companion to this blog. Use it in good health.

If you’re free this afternoon, Wednesday April 1st, I’ll be broadcasting on Facebook Live at the Facebook page of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. It’s called Book Arts 101: Home Edition and we’ll be talking books and craft and who knows what else. Expect a bit of a ramble and expect it to be a short one, no more than 15 or 20 minutes. It may be something I do on a weekly basis, if it feels right. It’s a new world of working at home, and connecting with all of you seems important… so join me if you can. It will be available for viewing at the Jaffe Center’s Facebook page even after the event, so don’t fret if you can’t tune in while it’s live. Perhaps I’ll see you there.

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4 thoughts on “Candles in Bregenz, or Your April Book of Days

  1. Carol says:

    Hi John, lovely post. Be well!

  2. Maggie says:

    Beautiful photo – beautiful sentiment, John! And so appropriate for our troubled times! I used to do the same thing and was planning do so again on my trip through Italy this April 16th. Sadly (or luckily – under the circumstances…!) the trip was cancelled.
    Hopefully we’ll all stay healthy and can start fresh soon. Good health to you and yours.

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