31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 1, 2017

For Today… October 1, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny now though it was raining earlier and we’ve had a few days of good rain. Weather.Com says it’s 50F and I believe them.

I am thinking… about my Doodle assignment this week.

I am thankful… for classes I like this quarter.

One of my favorite things… when my sports teams win. My Giants beat San Diego and I’m hoping my Niners can beat Arizona.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes this morning were a blue-grey long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and black flats.

I am creating… various Doodle polls.

I am listening to… classical music on a DISH Network channel

I am hoping… Daniel’s appointment with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital this week goes well. We’ve been waiting for this appointment for a very long time. (The waiting list for an appointment is over a year long.)

I am learning… about email best practices.

In my kitchen… coq au vin is cooking.

In the school room… Daniel continues to love school.

Post Script… Tesla’s aid to victims of Hurricane Maria.

Shared Quote… “The four sayings that lead to wisdom:
I was wrong
I’m sorry
I don’t know
I need help”
— Louise Penny

A moment from my day… Our anthem today.

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 24, 2017

For Today… September 24, 2017

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Looking out my window… sunny and in the low 60’s. We will probably have rain tonight which is lovely.

I am thinking… about money and faith for my CDSP class on church finance.

I am thankful… for my amazing parish and how they welcomed Daniel this morning when he came to church with me for the first time in 3 years. (I was one of the readers and had choir duties so I had to be there.) I brought his tablet and headphones and he largely chilled while I was up front. Everyone was also really respectful of whether or not he could handle crowds and greeted him warmly.

On his part, he didn’t have any meltdowns, didn’t race up and down the aisles, and was reasonably quiet. It was such a nice change from 3 years ago when I wanted to be anywhere with him EXCEPT church.

One of my favorite things… a calm Sunday afternoon.

I am wearing… a black fitted tee and jeans capris. Church clothes were a long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and my running shoes. (I didn’t know whether my kiddo would need a walk during the sermon or not ad my black flats are not conducive to that.)

I am creating… discussion board posts for my classes.

I am listening to… various High Kings songs on YouTube.

I am hoping… to stay caught up on everything this week.

I am learning… some of the national and diocesan canons that have to do with money and finances.

In my kitchen… had some Kashi cereal for lunch.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well and his writing is improving.

Post Script… I recommend this amazing piece on Rich Mullins.

Shared Quote… “When God created each of us, he tucked a little bit of his divine imagination into our souls. He did this, I think, so that we can conceive of the fact that our world contains so much more than we can see, feel, and touch.” — Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn…

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 12, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It should be sunny and in the 60’s today with a 10% chance of rain.

I am thinking… about what I need to accomplish today such as getting my books and picking up my laptop(!!!!).

I am thankful… the kitties et the Ernest Hemingway house and their humans are OK after the hurricane. #priorities

One of my favorite things… rain. We had a nice rainy day on Saturday.

I am wearing… jammies.

I am creating… binders for looseleaf books.

I am reading… Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett.

In my kitchen… chicken cordon bleu on Sunday.

In the school room… Daniel is loving being back to school.

Post Script… my friend Laura introduced me to this site. It was really cool when Hurricane Irma was over Florida.

Shared Quote… “Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and go well with ketchup.” — one of my college friends

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7 Quick Takes: What to Bring to College Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m writing this on my NOOK tablet so cutting and pasting links is hard. Thus, I am going to write a post that doesn’t require any! As some of my church kids are headed to college this fall and I start back to school in a week and a half, I thought I would do a list of things I recommend bringing to college with you.

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Earbuds. Many people like listening to music while they study and this allows you to do that without irritating one’s roommates or the other people in the library/coffee shop/lounge.

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iPod. It’s a portable way to bring your music collection with you to go study or work out. You can even audio record lectures and listen to them while you exercise.

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Tide pods. They’re a quick and easy way to do laundry and you don’t have to deal with detergent spilling wherever you’re storing it. Also, no need to have a separate scoop for measuring!

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A mini fridge. This works well if you like your drinks cold or want to keep milk in your dorm room for cereal.

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An e-reader stocked with pleasure reading. If you’re a voracious reader, catching up on the newest book by your favorite author is a nice brain break. Having an e-reader helps to cut down on storage space, which is a premium in a dorm room.

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Quarters. For copiers, laundry, and vending machines. They come in pretty handy and it’s annoying to have to go find them when you need them in a hurry.

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A three-hole punch. Because very few professors actually hole-punch their handouts!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: August 28, 2017

For Today… August 28, 2017

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Looking out my window… dusk. It got up to almost 90F here which is icky because of the humidity. It’s not as bad Ohio was though. *shudders*

I am thinking… about the school year for Daniel which starts in 9 days. (Nope… totally not counting down…)

I am thankful… for my mom replacing my NOOK which broke on New Year’s Day. Usually, my electronics/computer stuff are named after titles for Orthodox priest’s wives; but Mom convinced me to name it Edda after my black literary cat of beauty who disappeared almost three years ago.

EddaEdda's cover

One of my favorite things… ice chips.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes today were an indigo v-necked shirt and black capris.

I am creating… a baby blanket for a friend due in November.

I am reading… Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett

I am hoping… for decent sleep tonight and that my conversation with Social Security goes well tomorrow.

I am learning… how to eat for type 2 diabetes.

In my kitchen… a quesadilla made with leftover tri-tip earlier.

In the school room… 9 days to go. Hopefully, the school supply list arrives soon.

Post Script… Because you *TOTALLY* need instructions for making a cape from “Game of Thrones”.

Shared Quote… “What I want to measure, what I can control, is my own response to life’s challenges.” — Rhoda Janzen

A moment from my day…

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7 Quick Takes: Total Eclipse of the Blog Edition

7 Quick Takes

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The eclipse here in the Pacific Northwest. I was honestly underwhelmed by it here in northern Washington. We were at 92% of totality here so I expected it to be darker — it was kind of dusky out but not amazing. I wasn’t outside though and my parents told me that it dropped about 10 degrees temperature-wise and the bees were completely still on the flowers the entire 2+ minutes.

I did watch it going over Jackson Hole, Wyoming on TV and that was pretty amazing, especially seeing the sun’s rays hitting Grand Teton as the moon was done passing by.

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Neighbors in Faith. Last night, I attended a presentation on Islam by Pastor Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith. Pastor Terry used to be one of the clergy that rotated through my Episcopal church when they were part of a Lutheran-Episcopal cluster so I knew him. It was a wonderful presentation and I wanted to share the following resources with y’all.

Islam Fact Check
The Islamophobia Network
An Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi
A Common Word (includes reading lists!)
A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists

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Seriously?!?!? Here’s a map of the most hated food in each state. I can understand hating some things like Chick-Fil-A or mayonnaise on fries but there are people out there that hate pesto?!?!?!? (The store-bought stuff is nasty but the homemade stuff is AWESOME.)

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Cat therapy for autistic kids. This might explain why my kiddo is a social butterfly. (She also absolutely loves the videos she has seen of Iris and her Maine Coon kitty Thula.)

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Because heros! My college friend Becca is on a blog tour promoting her latest release. Here is a guest post on her top 10 favorite heros/heroines.

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This is true for me. Apparently, you commit things to memory more effectively when you write them by hand. This is why I did better on quizzes this summer when I wrote down notes by hand instead of just reading.

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Whyyyyyyyyyyy???????? I’m really grumping about the Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis when I get news like this.

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7 Quick Takes: Charlottesville Edition

7 Quick Takes

Unless you live under a rock or have been on silent retreat for several weeks, you probably saw something about the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville this past weekend that left one woman dead (a first person account is here), two police officers dead from a helicopter crash, and many injuries including a man who was almost beat to death with a metal poles by neo-Nazis.

I’m sure most of you who know me well would argue that I “got political” and that none of what I’m about to say or show you is surprising, but I would appreciate you hearing me out anyway.

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How a *REAL* president tweets. This tweet by former President Obama is the most liked tweet in history. 45 should take notes. As I know some of you cannot go to the former president’s Twitter page in good conscience, I’ve taken the liberty of screen-capping it for you.

How a *REAL* president tweets.

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White privilege. My friend Sarah wrote this and it is excellent. These were my thoughts on Sunday in response to my priest’s sermon.

For those who want to be white allies or who have friends who are people of color, read this and this. There is also the amazing example of Darryl Davis.

Also, please don’t claim that you’re not racist/homophobic because your BFF/friends/loved one is a person of color or is Jewish or is GLBTQ. All three communities want you to cut that crap out because you’re offering them up as a sacrifice to assuage your guilt.

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Issues of Southern heritage. I’ve seen people posting quotes from Robert E. Lee all week and talk about how this is destroying Southern heritage. I invite you to read these words from Robert E. Lee and a reflection from Jon’s intership supervisor. Robert E. Lee’s descendants have even spoken out against the statue of him staying up.

My friend Eileen shared this with me from the Southern Poverty Law Center which discusses the timing of the monument erection. Hint: it was 1910-1930 during the rise of the KKK and of anti-Semitism.

This is an interesting reflection on the Confederate flag. Here’s a piece on mothballing Confederate monuments.

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Identifying the neo-Nazi marchers. There have been marchers who have been doxxed. One such story is here. A thoughtful discussion on whether it should happen is here.

There was also one protestor who decided to strip down when the going got tough. Too bad a documentary film crew caught it!

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For those who want to read… My dear friend Kate went to the library this week and got quite a few books with main characters who were people of color so she read them to her kids. She also shared this link that she found for books about social justice issues.

One thing for which I am thankful is that they were changing around the reading lists when I was a junior and senior in high school to give us a greater breadth of American writers who were not white. We read Amy Tan, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, and they were adding a book by Sandra Cisneros to the sophomore reading list. I was also fortunate to read some pieces by Gary Soto and some young adult literature about concentration camps in middle school. College brought me Drink Cultura by José Antonio Burciaga and A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki.

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Response of faith communities. This picture of clergy from different religious backgrounds standing tall in the face of men with automatic weapons is striking. It’s a pity there was a lack of Catholic clergy.

Brian McLaren also shares what he saw.

From St. Justin Martyr

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Political ramifications of all of this. I’m incredibly disappointed with 45 over his statements and refusal to condemn the neo-Nazi marchers outright. His daughter is an Orthodox Jew and they were calling for people like her, her husband, and her kids to die in ovens like in Nazi Germany.

From Dr. Suess

House caucus groups are calling for the firing of Bannon, Miller, and Gorka. There is also speculation that this was practice for a militia attack.

**UPDATE** Bannon is gone!

There is also the consideration of what this looks like from Berlin…

— Bonus —

So please, I beg you, speak out and speak up.

Your Nazi-Fighting Name

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