7 Quick Takes: Ashtags, Simcha Fisher on Lent, and Ministry Links

7 Quick Takes

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#Ashtag. Ignoring the naysayers, here is my #ashtag:


Not the best picture of me but it seemed wrong to do any photo-editing to make me appear like I wasn’t exhausted and my hair wasn’t standing on end after being in motion for about 9-10 hours at that point. There was also the fact that I was taking the pic in Daniel’s room with the lights off because I was trying to get my bear child (who was being a holy terror) to sleep.

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Lenten disciplines. For Lent, I’ve got the follow disciplines going:

[-] Giving up Coke.
[-] Taking on extra reading. (I’m using this).
[-] Kelly’s discipline for me which is offering up every day for someone including 5 “enemies”. I was already planning to pray for a different person daily as suggested by priest’s wife so this totally works.

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I heart Simcha Fisher. Girlfriend has two really good posts up about Lent here and here at the National Catholic Register.

Why do I love her so much? In March 2011 when I was dealing with a critically ill kid in the PICU at UC Davis Medical Center and wondering if I’d ever see my cats or my own bed again, she posted this. The idea of doing extracurricular work at my local Santaria club caused me to laugh so hard I was crying and caused nurses across the floor to congregate in Daniel’s PICU bay.

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More Lenten fun. My favorite Jesuit author, Fr. James Martin, linked up a video on his Twitter about Lent and showed various America Magazine staffers as well as Stephen Colbert talking about what they’ll be doing for Lent this year.

Oh… and for those familiar with his buddies telling him what to give up for the last 30 years, this year’s list is: sno-balls, wintergreen flavoring, snow peas, and quinoa.

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Understanding introverts. I think I saw this on Facebook but regardless, I think you need to read it. It’s about the things introverts would never tell you and it very perfectly describes me.

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A blog post that should be sent to every church looking for a pastor. One of our dearest colleagues from Montana shared this article on Facebook about when churches are looking for a pastor to bring in young families. It says everything I’ve wanted to tell people when they kvetch about how “young people don’t do ________” and they wonder why young families don’t go near their church with a ten foot pole.

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Promise Walk. I’m pondering the idea of doing a virtual walk for the Promise Walk this year as the closest one is 2 hours south and on a Sunday. I’ll let y’all know what I end up doing.

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by ISIS. I’d like to ask y’all to please pray for them and their families. Their names are:

Makeen Zaky
Abanub Ayad Atiya
Maged Solaiman Shehata
Yusuf Shukry Yunan
Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
Somaily Astafanus Kamel
Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
Girgis Milad Sinweet
Mina Fayez Aziz
Hany Abdelmesih Salib
Bishoy Adel Khalaf
Samuel Alham Wilson
Worker from Awr village
Ezat Bishri Naseef
Loqa Nagaty
Gaber Munir Adly
Esam Badir Samir
Malak Farag Abram
Sameh Salah Faruq

A dear sister-in-Christ of mine is a Coptic priest’s wife, also known as a “tasoni” and she has weighed in on this. I recommend reading it.

Regarding ISIS, I offer this prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 15, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY February 15, 2015

Outside my window… warm. Weather.Com is saying it’s 75F outside at 5:22 p.m. and I believe them. I know everyone on the eastern seaboard is going to throw things at me (especially any readers around Boston) but I miss living in places with snow. I actually had to shave my legs last night!!!! (I don’t usually have to in the winter.)

I am thinking… about my camera that bit the dust just now. Oh well… it served me well for 12 years.

I am thankful… that Daniel can (usually) entertain himself while I shower.

In the kitchen… teryaki chicken and potatoes. (Eating a combination of leftovers.)

I am wearing… Run for the Little Flowers 5K shirt and khaki shorts.

I am praying for… sanity (like that’s going to happen!), a good night’s sleep, a call for Jon, and a bunch of special intentions.

I am going… to be wearing flip-flops for the next few days until the top of my right foot stops hurting from the burns. (I burned it checking Daniel’s bathwater.)

I am wondering… what the 50 Shades of Grey junkies thought when they realized they were watching full-on pr0n.

I am reading… the Bible. I finished Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews this morning during my pedicure.

I am hoping… Daniel goes down without too much of a fight tonight.

I am looking forward to… Daniel having normal school weeks and not having Mondays off for holidays.

I am hearing… Daniel playing with his tablet.

Around the house… laundry cycling and various cleaning robots working.

One of my favorite things… Coca Cola. It is disappearing for Lent though.

A few plans for the rest of the week: tea on Tuesday afternoon with a family friend, pancakes at church on Tuesday night, Ash Wednesday things on Wednesday, and whatever else the week holds for me.

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Some Words on Love

I re-post this almost every year.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

7 Quick Takes: Things I’ll Be Doing This Weekend Instead of Going to See “50 Shades of Grey”

7 Quick Takes

I’m pretty sure that dissing “50 Shades of Grey” is going to appear in most peoples’ Quick Takes this weekend. There are already some interesting posts on the subject here, here (warning: some swearing which makes it NSFW), here, and here.

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Letting Kelly pick my Lenten discipline. I’ll be giving up Coke, doing some extra spiritual reading, doing some extra praying, and then one more thing that Kelly (our Quick Takes hostess-with-the-mostess) gets to pick. She has until 11:59 PST on the 17th to tell me what it is and get supplies for said discipline to me.

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Trying to learn all the words to “Baba Yetu” (and how to pronouce them). The utterly amazing Peter Hollens and his friend Malukah covered Christopher Tin’s Grammy-winning composition “Baba Yetu” which is the theme to the computer game Civilization IV. It’s the Swahili translation of the Lord’s Prayer (or at least most of it). It’s amazing but I do have to work on how to pronounce some of the words. (I’ve learned from previous experience that Swahili is not a language that flows from my tongue well.)

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Putting together valentine’s for Daniel’s class. I actually am almost done with these valentines from a free printable created by Amy of Living Locurto. (Go check her out. She is crazy talented!) My thanks go to Ann of House of Estrogen who featured them on her blog 4 years ago.

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Reading Unvirtuous Abbey’s Twitter stream. If you haven’t read the Twitter stream of Unvirtuous Abbey, stop whatever you are doing and click on their name!!!! They are irreverent and funny in ways that only Canadians can be.

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Listening to David Wesley. If you’re a fan of Peter Hollens, check out David Wesley. He does amazing acapella mixes of popular worship songs. My props to priest’s wife who introduced me to him.

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Bonding with family. My sister-in-law Joanna, her son Patrick, and her mother-in-law Margie are coming up tomorrow to spend the afternoon with us for Valentine’s Day. I need to put together the Valentine’s Day present I have for Patrick — I’ve got some squeeze pouches of applesauce from Trader Joe’s and I’m going to put a wrap on them with his picture and some heart stickers. On his picture will be some text that says, “You are my main squeeze.”

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Dreaming of the pedicure I’ll be getting with the present Jon gave me for Valentine’s Day. Jon has two weddings on Saturday (and probably turned down ten more) so we did “date tea” instead of doing a date night on Saturday. We went to $tarbux and Jon got lunch (a grilled cheese sandwich and passion tea lemonade) while I got my iced vanilla latté and some marshmallow dream bars. His present to me was a gift certificate for a mani-pedi which will probably be a pedicure with extras given that regular nail polish doesn’t stay on my fingers well. (My present to him was some special coffee and moscato from Trader Joe’s.) It will be nice to be able to have some pampering that isn’t usually in the budget these days.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

#FiveFaves: Miscellanea (XXVIII)



This offering from Peter Hollens and Malukah. It’s the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili which is used in the game Civilization IV.


The fact that a school bus picks Daniel up each morning and brings him home. I had to drop some paperwork off for one of his therapists at his school and I managed to forget that Wednesday is a “Compact Day” for everyone else so pick-up time is around 12:45 p.m. Oh vey… I keep forgetting how much of a pain in the rear it is to do “drop-off” or “pick-up” and how I’m so incredibly lucky not to have that be a part of my day. I had to park a decent walk away from the school (well… a decent walk for someone with a bum foot) and it was definitely a painful walk!


Marshmallow Dream Bars. These are the $tarbux equivalent of a Rice Krispies treat. In any case, it’s like kryptonite for me.


Bible studies with my church ladies. The other woman at the Wednesday morning Bible study (with the exception of my priest) are old enough to be my mother or even my grandmother in some cases… but they are absolutely delightful and act happy to see me even if I’m sitting there crocheting through all of it. They tell me how wonderful it is to see me and when we had a combined service for the annual meeting, they complimented me on the choir music. (They’re all attenders of the 8:00 service and I’m at 10:00 with the choir.)


Dave Barry. Dave Barry, whose writing I have loved for 25+ years, took on 50 Shades of Grey. It’s worth reading — go to it!

Go love up Jenna and the others.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 8, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY February 8, 2015

Outside my window… dark. It was lovely and in the 70’s today though I kind of wish we could have had the storm that hit my parents’ house in the Bay Area.

I am thinking… about my friend Katie who is 38 weeks pregnant with her daughter and a pre-e survivor like me. I’m hoping she can carry to term and have a successful VBAC.

I am thankful… for my church community and for our leadership who really try to foster a family atmosphere.

In the kitchen… sitting here in darkness. I had some teryaki chicken and potatoes from Trader Joe’s earlier.

I am wearing… my Online Debate Team shirt and capri-length sweats.

I am praying for… the right call for Jon to come up, for some of my friends who are due this month, for healing of the flare-up of my foot injury, and for help in discerning various aspects of my life.

I am going… to bed soon. It’s 10:30 already.

I am wondering… whether I should do the virtual walk for the Promise Walk this year or do it in the Bay Area with my mom or head down to San Diego. The one in San Diego is over my birthday weekend so it might be kind of fun to spend the weekend down there with just Jon.

I am reading… Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews. I’m also doing this Bible-reading program. Right now, I’m just finishing Exodus in the Old Testament and starting Mark in the New Testament.

I am hoping… to get my Lenten discipline nailed down soon.

I am looking forward to… Wednesday when I have some church things. Yippee!

I am hearing… the fan on my laptop. The house is silent otherwise.

Around the house… stillness.

One of my favorite things… sleep.

A few plans for the rest of the week: taking my mother-in-law to allergy shots tomorrow, doing all my church stuff on Wednesday, and whatever comes up in the course of the week.

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