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I guess this is a good place to say hi to all our co-travellers.
I’m glad to get to be here and learn from/with you all.
Hi. Have signed up this morning to the Mockingbirds Leap.
Love the idea and challenge of being aware of the grace moments of the everyday.
looking forward to the different perspectives you bring
A little movie quotation which may the attentive awareness of this advent journey – “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop every once in a while you might miss it.”
Two things strike me today through little things. The first is that responsibility breaks down into individual micro-bits. A friend recently sent me an email that said, “No single snowflake in an avalanche takes responsibilty.” I suppose I had this flash because though it is 82 degrees here, it certainly looks like it might snow. Having just finished an arduous stewardship campaign, I find it is not the whole of the campaign that makes the difference, it is in the micro movements I saw on people’s faces as I talked about money…..again.
The second relates to the holidays. We are feeding about 100 people at church on our Thanksgiving Day (Thursday). This is the ninth year to do it, so you would think it would be pretty rote, but not this year. As I went out on the hunting/gathering excursion to secure the last turkey and ham and more fixin’s, I watched the people in the store. They were happy, upbeat, talking to each other, and commiserating with each other about the trouble with pie crusts (and some were men). The sound of cart wheels signified to me a need to watch for oncoming wheeled hunting vehicles and the likelihood of another encounter of joy.
Our community has been anxious and discouraged by a bad economy, but at the grocery store there was plenty of uplifting community one ‘snowflake’ encounter at a time.
Wish you could all have some of the turkey and sweet potato balls I am working on!
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she is a nine year old girl who, in her own words, always wears her hair in a plait.
i am taking a workshop in storytelling.
ARE YOU RICH?
i ask why she thinks this.
It cost 15 quid. Its green with a red face.
it never seemed a rich mans watch….
It looks different now.
It cost 15 quid.
Its green with a red face.
For about two weeks I have been fighting an antiobiotic caused plaque of mouth sores. They aren’t really treatable, so like many oncology patients, I have been in a great deal of discomfort and sometimes outright pain. The most troublesome aspect is that it has impaired my use of the old enemy – the tongue. I learned in the last week to ration words carefully, because each one was painful, especially hard consonants. As a result I noticed a number of silences usually filled with inane chatter, self-talk, or verbosity. My listening has perked up and as I hear the sounds of Christmas gathering speed every day, I stop and realize just how much of it isn’t at all meaningful. Chatter to cover emptiness. Platitudes to hide broken expectations. Routines used to keep the loneliness at bay. With an impaired tongue, I am no wiser, but I am less inclined to rush in with speech where heart musings should be.
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