Mary Beth Writes

12/15/2022

Spirituality is interesting. For most of us, it is the nebulous ought’s and ought-not’s handed to us by our families, churches, and culture we grew up in. It’s obeying sensible and weird rules about how to behave. Spirituality is given to us, often without our understanding how much of our sense of who we are is simply a passing along of lots of traditions and rules.

There is another way of understanding spirituality. It’s a way of being awake to the world and moment we are in. Its standing outside on your porch at night, looking at the sky - not to see how lovely it is – but simply to see it. To look as intently as we can at what’s there, what the air around us feels like, what noises we hear, what the universe is humming tonight.

I invited you yesterday, to send photos of right now, where you live, what you are seeing, what is capturing your imagination. Holiday photos are great. So are pictures of nature and pets and what’s going on in your kitchen or craft room or your congregation or classroom.

Instead of fulfilling what we already know and expect from advent, Christmas, December– I’m inviting us to be still and then and look around. What’s your dog yearning for when you look into her face? What is your grandkid learning as she wildly climbs the castles at the playground? What happens when you bite into the first double chocolate cookie you make late at night when you can’t sleep? Those kinds of photos, too.

Here are some photos some of you sent yesterday.

Can you feel the chilly breeze coming up and over that ridge?

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David says of this: “Taken last Sunday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at the mineral exhibit. This one is of Pyrite “Sun”, obtained from Sparta, IL. Having a camera in my cell phone allows me to get a lot of photos that would have been impossible back in the day. I can press the cell phone right up against the glass of the display case and there will be no annoying reflections.”

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This is a NASA photo of a star burst which has the Pyrite dynamics of a lifeforce bursting outwards from the middle.

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Len took this photo at our last house.

“The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue”

Bob Dylan

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You can email your photos to me at MB at MaryBethDanielson.com   If I get more pictures from you, I will post them. 

 

 

 

 

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I really like your photo ops for all of us!

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A-Z Barbara

Barbara 1/26/2023

A-Z means I’m writing short takes on random topics and I’m going in alphabetical order. I love this quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

1/25/2023 

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’m sure I’d love it but going there is not a big dream for either Len or me.

However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

A to Z

1/25/2023

I am not exactly depressed, but I can whip up a pretty good glum at almost any moment. There have been about three sunny days since Thanksgiving, and four colds, and I’m feeling it. How about you?

We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

Sara Kurtz & Healthcare by Zip Code? Really?

1/22/2023 

Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

Who is Sara? She’s a friend of my niece Susan.

Len Explains Fusion Energy

The photo is of Lisa Meitner. The BFF of one of our kids is (quite likely) a great grand niece of this amazing woman. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

Almost. Two Years Later

1/6/2023 

 I remember where I was two years ago this afternoon. Do you?

I was writing. I knew I had another hour to just work by myself and I was happy about that. I love no interruptions.

Len was downstairs. I heard him turn on the TV. We NEVER watch TV during the day so it was weird when he called up to me, “You should come down here. Something’s happening.”

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