Path Making

Yesterday I preached at the Olympia Brown United Universalist Church in Racine.

This was a big deal for me. This was OLYMPIA BROWN’S church! Holy Cow! If American girls who like theology have a Patron Saint, she is it!

Olympia lived 1835-1926 and was the first woman in the United States to become an ordained minister. She would eventually serve three churches – the last being OBUUC in Racine. I learned who she was when I attended seminary in the late 1970’s. When she wasn’t pastoring, she was a leading figure in the Suffragist movement.

In the Meantime

I’ve mentioned before that Len is building a new website for me. It will have a section for these random essays I write. It will have my old Less Is More Gazette as a category. It will have a section for sermons I’ve preached and talks I’ve given because I want to do more of that. It will have short stories. It will have – and I’m curious to see if this works or not – a side section where you can send greetings to friends and family or advertise your small business/sideline for $10/month.

T is for THREE Things

This is to let you know Otis is back home, healing, and watching bad and good TV. George was going to be with him most of the surgery day, but ended up only being there part of it because his car broke down along the way! So much adventure for a Tuesday.

I thank you and Otis thanks you for your thoughts and prayers and hopes.

Pals forever....

T is for Two Things

1.) Len is working on a new website for me. He’s been at it for weeks between all the other things he does. I don’t know when it will be done, probably a couple more weeks. It’s exciting to me as it will launch some new directions I want to go with my writing.

In the meantime, this website is very quiet. We are fine and working hard over here, you just don’t see it.

If you want me to write about something in particular, let me know what that is and I’ll do my best. (Yes, that’s a dare.)

Getting Off the Tilt-a-Whirl

Flox by the railroad tracks at 7AM. 5-18-2017

Over here at the Lucky Dog Chalet (our house) we are at Day #5 of being above-average happy about Life in General.

I’ve always been more curious about success than failure. It’s easy to be miserable; just eat a sleeve of store-bought cookies, blame it on someone else, then watch the news. Right? How to be miserable in 3 simple steps without getting off the sofa

But happy? Content? Pleased?

What happened? What brought on this Cloud of Mild Cheer?

Here’s what happened.

Less.

S is for System

I have a system for sleeping.

I get ready for bed, and then I read for a while. When I get v-e-r-y sleepy, I roll over and Len scratches my back mindlessly while he reads. To make this even cuter, our cat has learned to jump on the bed and head-butt my hand until I scratch her back while Len scratches mine.

The cat and I fall asleep.

After a while Len also gets sleepy, turns off his light, and crumples into his side of the bed. He sighs and then breathes slower and slower until he is asleep.

Q is for Querns

A quern is the 10,000-year old Cuisinart. The photo I am using today is of a quern found in southern Arizona and set outside the door to the park headquarters of Organ Pipe National Monument, I recognized it because I’ve written about querns in the past!

Zoey - P is for Pup

Our daughter adopted a little stray pup last fall from a shelter in Chicago. Zoey was my introduction to little pups. I thought apartment sized dogs were yappy and snippy and too much work. I didn’t understand, in my heart of hearts, why people wanted a 15-pound dog.

Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz sermon of 4-30-2017

Recently I re-watched the movie “Apocalypse Now”. It starts with Willard the CIA assassin, mumbling importantly to himself - as only a white male CIA assassin who treasures his own guilty conscience can mumble; “I wanted a mission - and for my sins they gave me one.”

First thing that came to my mind when Jennifer and Meg asked if I would preach today… “I wanted a mission – and for my sins they gave me one.”

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