Mary Beth Writes

I don’t often share my physical challenges with you, but today, Friends, I have suffered. I own three barrettes and I cannot find any of them and my hair has been slip-sliding into my eyes all day.

Why is it the littlest stuff that trips us up?

I could buy more barrettes and perhaps someday I will. Though I have learned this tricky lesson in my life - the more one owns of a small item, the more likely it is one will not keep track of that thing and it will become utterly lost.

Anyway…

Yesterday was Easter. Meg usually helps Rev. David do the Sunday service but this week she was having family in town. He asked if I would write a short part-of-sermon and so I worked on that last week.

If you would like to read what both Dave and I wrote, this is a written version of our service. Click here. 

Did you have a good Easter? Where are Easter and Spring and Renewal and Happy Moments happening for you?

If you send me some photos of what you are seeing and enjoying and feeling grateful for – I will put together some posts of our photos. With quotes.

If you need my email address, in the comment section tell me YOUR email address so I can send mine back to you. I will not publish your info, no one will see it but me. 

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We have not had in-person services in our Unitarian Universalist congregation since March 2020 and we probably won’t until September. Many of us are vaccinated but many are not and none of our kids are yet. Right now, scientists and medical experts are begging people to be cautious so our congregation is able and willing to be patient on behalf of all of us.

Nevertheless, our sanctuary is not empty. 

I didn’t know this until yesterday, but last year Rev David went to the church nursery, got all the dolls and animals, brought them to our sanctuary to sit in our chairs. Then Susan, who with some others maintains the building - Susan put masks on the nursery guys.

These are my Easter photos for you.

(Every congregation has a dinosaur or two.) 

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Love the pictures ! This is my first spring that I have been retired. Thinking of all we want to do in the yard and put in our garden and knowing we will have more time to do it!
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Good heavens. I knew you when you canned a hundred quarts of this and a hundred quarts of that. You have very big abilities....

I hate and fear public speaking, but know any who thrive on it!. Universally, I hear that their energy comes from the audience, the listeners.. Ehat a great illustration!

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WHITE CAKE!

The picture is our wedding cake, made by my friend Karen, who drove it from Indiana to Chicago on the hottest day of that year. It was in the back seat so their two little boys had to ride in front (remember when kids could ride in front?). They got lost in the city but I didn't know that for years because Karen and her husband start early and had time to get lost and then figure it out. Sometimes wedded bliss is a lot of work. 

The following story and recipe is not about the wedding cake, but it is the photo I have...

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6/30/2022

How Do We Remember What We Remember?

6/30/2022

The Jan 6 Hearings, huh? This is an amazing moment in US history and I’m trying to understand our incredibly intense response. Four of 10 voters have watched at least some of the hearings, which is 20,000,000 people. It’s not just me that can’t look away.

Our Terrible Canoe Adventure

The eagle photo was taken by Len - but not on this trip! 

6/23/2022

We are fine but I have a tale to tell.

American Successes / American Failures

Did you ever have to tell the truth when it was hard? Did you ever lie to avoid a hard situation?  Did you ever know a hard, wrong thing but you told no one because it was going to be complicated and some people wouldn’t believe you and you might end up disrespected or worse for “telling on” someone else?

Most people work hard at learning truth-telling when they are 4 and 5-years old.

Molecule Moving

6/8/2022     

I didn’t know a Panoply of Dental Moments was coming my way this week, but such is life with teeth. One can brush, floss, slosh, and swish - but if one’s teeth want to crumble, they do. Yesterday I had my six-month cleaning. The hygienist said several times that I brush and floss beautifully. I was proud and thinking maybe I would give myself a “well-done” sticker when I got home. Then the dentist came in to do the check-up and said two fillings had cracks around them and needed to be replaced.

Rough Stories, Tough Week

6/1/2022 

Last Friday evening on PBS Tonight David Brooks said something like this. “I am afraid for all of us. The news just pummels us.”

There are as many tough stories as there are fingers on a closed fist. The shooting in Uvalde. The shooting in Buffalo. The corrupt power of the NRA and other obscene wealth-mongers that are destroying our society from the inside of elected reps’ pockets outwards. Ukraine. Global climate mayhem. Oh, and covid is everywhere. Less traumatic for most; long covid for some. So that’s six fingers on that pugilistic fist.

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