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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Three Things / Story, Eclipse, Brando

1. I scheduled my Substack story to go out at 8AM this morning. I just looked to see why it didn’t show up and it says it is going to be sent at 8:49 tonight. I’m going to leave it like that. Maybe 9PM on a weekend night is a good time to send short fiction. Let me know if you have an opinion.

2. I read this quote by Marlon Brando who said this early in his career. “I’m not afraid of anything and I don’t love money.”

Even though this is probably not exactly true of me and you, I do love the bravado.

Peace Like a River / Book Report

4/3/2024 She Writes

I just finished reading Peace Like a River by Leif Enger and I am going to talk about it for a little bit before I forget how profoundly interesting and evocative this book was and is, at least to me.

I get emails from Boswell Bookstore (2559 N Downer Ave in Milwaukee). They host artist events pretty often and Monday evening, April 15th Len and I will be there for the Author Evening with Leif Enger. You can look up more of the details if you are interested. (Tickets are free but you need to reserve them.)

My Grandkids & 'Wandering Stars'

4/1/2024

The past month has been jam-packed. The week in Mineral Point. Len’s two-day seminar in Chicago. Last week we had various grandkids here for three overnighters and yesterday our family came to Easter dinner here in our house which was clean after a week with grandkid overnighters so you know that was a piece of cake. Len smoked two hams (yes, hard to keep them lit) and I made the largest amounts of from-scratch scalloped potatoes plus macaroni and cheese that I have ever made. As in, I grated four pounds of cheese Saturday afternoon. “On Wisconsin.”

Ghost on a Post / Poetry with Third Graders

3/12/2024

This is what I texted to Len this afternoon after I finished the poetry class with third graders. “I’m done and back. The kids were great and I’m a limp washrag, Teaching forty 8-year-olds for 90 minutes is way more energy than Everest.” I then drank half a beer (I NEVER drink in the afternoon) and fell asleep until the Mineral Point afternoon ‘change of shift siren’ shrieked for several minutes. It’s been a full day.

How 2 Write a Poem (3rd grade edition)

3/7/2024

Next week is my Writers Week at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. I won this when my story “How Crow Got Out of Jail” (Read Here) won first prize in the 2023 Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring contest for short fiction.

Winning that contest motivated me to open my Substack account. So far I’ve published 17 stories and only published once twice. (Who noticed that?)

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