Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pastor's Letter or Enduring Scripture

John Pavlovitz, in an excellent though mostly unrelated post, referred to the writings of Paul as pastoral letters. I am, in general, not a fan of Paul. I think he tends to say things that are overzealous and mean sprited. However, in the context of pastoral letters, his writings take on a whole different meaning. They are written not as permanent instructions, but to fix problems and raise faith in the present time and place. He is at times a great & poetic writer & his writing is worth keeping & studying for the beauty and history. But it is not and was never meant as instructions for how to live our faith outside of that time and those congregations.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rejoice (Easter Sunday)

Apparently I should have saved this photo for today as I have nothing better.

I had no involvement in the making of the following video, but the family is having so much fun that it goes well with the theme of "rejoice." It is also a very secular celebration of Easter. While a number of Christians have commented on YouTube and elsewhere that they find it offensive, I think that if Jesus were (is) running around today, he'd be all for candy and eggs and fun for everyone.

Happy Zombie Jesus Day Song (2013):

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Couldn't decide today.


Looking in the Water

Friday, April 3, 2015


Maybe it's really resignation.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Listen (again)

Found While Lost

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015


Partial Kit from Isn't It Fobulous?
Stitching is better savored with friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Reflection in Train Window at Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Appropriately for today's topic, my new nephew was born today! I don't have any photos yet, but he shares a birthday with his maternal uncle, so here is a picture I took of said uncle and paternal grandfather at his parents wedding reception.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Help is a really difficult concept for me right now. I am just on the edge of needing help to function and indepence. I feel bad taking help because I am unlikely to be able to return it in kind.

Monday, March 23, 2015


My little blessing
Max has added so much that is good to my life, even if it isn't all roses.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015


Max Scardy Dog
Ally is such a hard concept. Often we think we are trying to be an ally to a group or person but in fact we are just making things worse.

Many things make Max nervous (including sometimes the camera lens). I am allying myself with him to be more comfortable and confident. I help him stay at a comfortable distance from scary things and I am helping him to learn that he doesn't have to get so stressed about them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


RI Schedule - Making Community Possible

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Dog Fetching With Joy And Passion

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Doggie Clean Up
My mother tells her dogs "do your duty" when she wants her dogs to relieve themselves.
I believe poop cleanup, for our own and others' dogs, is a dog owner's duty.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Amazon Park Daisy Patch
Amazon Park is my across the street neighbor.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Bulbs Sprouting
These bulbs sprout every year with faith that they will get the conditions they need to bloom and thrive. Despite being cut down before they can do so for at least 2 years they keep their faith and keep popping up every spring.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


After being alone all afternoon, Max was tense and begging for mercy in the form of a massage to his sore back and tail. This is him being relaxed afterwards. I could empathize since after an afternoon of triking and swimming I felt the same way.

Friday, March 13, 2015


Cheese Is For Sharing

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Max says "I played with my jerky strip 'til I got tired & took a nap. Now I am looking at the camera suspiciously."
Edit to add a later better picture of Max playing with his rawhide.
Max Playing With His Favorite Rawhide

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Sacred Bond of Trust
Max doesn't trust the camera, but he'll look at it because of our bond of trust.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


New Haircut & Old Hair

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Lectionary Readings
John from CLF does weekly lectionary studies for the Christan mailing list. I would have used an image of that except I didn't think it would be appropriate without permission.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


As a cat, I am always hungry.

A bit of a light take on this, but I wanted to focus on the vast range of meanings from trivial to life threatening behind the word hunger.

Friday, March 6, 2015


He brings joy to my life

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Scardy Max & His Bone
Today is the first time Max chewed on his bone while home alone.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Early Blooms

Monday, March 2, 2015


Zoey the Dog Next Door
Every time she finds a new way over the fence, Zoey comes to visit me. She is super sweet! She visited twice today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Getting well is my purpose.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015


The grocer clerk was very concerned about my ability to get all my groceries and my prescription into my tiny bag, when she could have just ignored me.
Also, my purchases were me being kind to myself.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Embroidery with Applique Flowers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Sometimes listening means leaving space to talk.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Today, my scardy dog Max decided he trusted my mom and is letting her hold him. (And loving it.)

Monday, February 23, 2015


Church in a tourist town
Home is where you make it, or others make it for you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Despite Max barking and growling at everyone and everything and the dog, we are still being welcomed at my mom's. She lives in this beautiful area.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Max waiting for the bus.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015