Mary Beth Writes

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Four Days Up North

If you click into the icon that's right here, you can read my take on our recent small vacation to northern Wisconsin. We hiked - and took photos!  Pictures are by both of us, though a lot of the most astounding ones are from Len and his 10-year old Nikon. 

Frugality and Privacy

 “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.”

When one of our kids was 8-years old, Len thought it would be fun to let that kid drive his car. I swear - though I doubt you will believe me - no drinking was involved. Len just really believes in our kids and sometimes this turns into bigger adventures than one would expect.

Did I mention the car was in the garage so it needed to be backed out? Also, the child in question was too short to adequately reach the pedals.

Missionary Types in the Mississippi Watershed in the 1600’s. Oh yeah.

Happy All Saints Day.

Today (though it will probably be yesterday by the time I get this written) we are going to discuss Catholic missionary types who proselytized Mississippi watershed country in the mid-to-late 1600’s.

Want to meet Franc and learn to make his Mom’s Sofrito?

Who is Franc? 

Hi, this is Franc and I am Puerto Rican and I am talking Sofrito, so listen up, Amigos…

 "Sofrito" is a blend of herbs - cilantro, culantro, oregano, ají dulce (Puerto Rican sweet peppers) red bell pepper, onion, and garlic - that are blended together in a food processor and then sautéed (frito means fried) in achoté (annato) oil.

Two Sermons this October

I am preaching twice this October. If you are interested in attending, both of these congregations would warmly welcome you - and so would I!

October 7 - United Unitarian Universalist at 506 N. Washington Ave, Waukesha, WI. Service starts at 10:30AM

I am preaching “Sanctuary; Safety or Invitation?”  Len and I were members of a Sanctuary Church in Chicago in the 1980’s and the experience strongly affected our lives.  What happens behind church doors?

Mindful Chickens – Up North Weekend Edition 9/24/18

Mindful Chickens are (for people who don’t know why I call them this) about:

1. Being Cheap (cheap, cheep).

2. Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.

3. Paying attention to the constant tumble of little things like bugs and crumbs, dollars and daily choices.

Several years ago our son and his wife decided that they were going to set a goal to visit every state park in Wisconsin. There are 50 state parks and they only have a few more to go; what a cool way to claim where one lives.

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