Mary Beth Writes

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the first Sunday of Advent. 

So first of all, like I said before, I’m preaching. I think you can listen to the whole service starting at 9:30AM, if you go to https://www.uniteduuc.org/ .  There is usually a link there that you have to click, when you click it, it says something about YouTube, so click that link, too. Otherwise, by Monday (maybe earlier, I don’t know who does this or when) it will show up on YouTube at United Unitarian Universalist, Waukesha, and my name.

Am I confident about this? No. Though my dogmatics professor Hessert once said that when a person is confident about their preaching, it’s probably a bad sign.

Advent, as you probably know, is the liturgical season of waiting. We are supposed to be longing for the High Liturgical Feelings of Peace, Hope, and Joy.

Do you even know what this means? I don’t.

When we were house hunting we toured 40 houses. Yes, we did. Long story. Anyways, Len and I were surprised at how many homes have ‘Peace, Love, and Joy’ or ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ signs. Many of them hanging next to the gun cabinet.

In a dimming December world, with all the weird and sinister political and Covid news, I am interested in paying attention to advent by looking for light. The kind of light one doesn’t have to explain or justify.

You know that feeling on a gray day when the clouds move and the sun is right there, shining like crazy and your heart bumps a little?  The moment in tyour dim bedroom when you turn on the bedside lamp to find your slippers, and it feels like your skin is can feel the light, too? When you walk outside afer a long day in your workplace, and there is natural light, and it feels as if your body is realigning itself?

Humans respond to light. We need it.

In these solstice weeks I am going to post photos most days of places with light. If you have photos, too, email them to me with a short description of where and when you took the photo, plus your name. (If you need my email address, just ask.)

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The photo today is the slough behind Target, where Highway 59 crosses Sunset.  

 

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I knew that! One of my favorite places to walk. Not to be disrespectful, but I lauhed out loud at the signs next to the gun cabinets......seems like a christian thing these days.....pretty sad....not too christian either....
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People can be quite strange. Where is Jim Morrison when we need him to sing that for us?

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

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Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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