Mary Beth Writes


And just like that, my website is back.

Behind every website are a zillion lines of code. If you want to see what that looks like behind a page you are perusing – do this: On a computer (not on a phone) right click on any segment of a website. A box will open, click on Inspect and that will show you the code being used in that part of that website. You can’t mess with it, but you can see it.

This code is what the computer wizards work with. If you have kids in your life, entice them to take some coding classes a few hours here or there. Google “coding classes near me” and see what pops up. Sign them up for virtual classes. Coding skills are what sailing skills were to our great grandparents – a way to negotiate our world instead of being a passive consumer of it.

Len talked with the Go Daddy guy two hours the other day and neither of them could diagnose the problem or fix it.

This morning – it’s back. This is what Len’s suspects. Every website has to be hosted by a server; servers are a set of ginormous computers. Information going in and through those computers needs a unique code to be recognized. That code, different for each client they host, is called an SOA - Start of Authority.

Len suspects there was a mistake or Go Daddy got hacked – and our SOA (and maybe others), got garfed up. They worked on it two days and now it’s back.

I like understanding the sequences that make things work, even if I don’t really understand the process itself. And even though this is impressively technical, don’t you love that the process is the same as hut dwellers must have used thousands of years ago? Someone comes to your door – they have to identify themselves before you let them in.

Speaking of magical computers; I was at the reception desk of my physical therapy clinic, setting my next appointment. We agreed on a time, I had my phone’s calendar open and stated typing 10:30. Before I could type all four digits, I received the clinic email telling me what time my next appointment would be. That signal had gone to a satellite a hundred miles in space and come back to my phone, two feet from the receptionist’s computer, in less time than it takes me to type 10:30. 

Len is good. Every day his bruises are fading and his strength increases. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year- our family is bringing most of the food but we are having everyone together in our yard and garage. We have 4 kids under 5 who attend 3 day care sites in 2 cities. All adults are vaccinated but if any of those kids contracts Covid, they can get very sick plus their parents and all the rest of us will also have to quarantine two weeks. So we are gathering this year but cautiously and outside.

Yesterday Len and I worked in the garage two hours as we moved summer junk and tools out of the way. I carried and ferried. Len swept the floor. We dragged in the tables and chairs we will use for our get-together.

At the end of this Len felt fine and so did I.

When they say bad times can teach us to appreciate good times, they aren’t kidding.

I have never in my life been so grateful to clean a garage.

All these quotes are by Oscar Wilde, who was born on my birth date and died on Len’s.

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
and I think Oscar has my number: “Quotations are a serviceable substitute for wit.” 



Amazing! Love that Leonard's recovery is going so well, and that you are preparing for a safe family Thanksgiving celebration! Hugs all around!!

There is wisdom in this post! So happy Len is doing so well ! Computer information makes my eyes cross slightly. Ha

Gratitude for cleaning the garage...totally get it. Glad you are gathering for Thanksgiving. I'm with Karen, except that computer information makes me completely cross eyed. Patricia

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Rosemary Radford Ruether & The Fierce Poetry of Hope

5/23/2022 Rosemary Radford Ruether

 “Rosemary Radford Ruether, a founding mother of feminist theology, has died at age 85”


Rosemary Ruether taught at Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary while I was a student there in the late 1970’s. I only took one class from her but for me it was a doozy.

The Badlands


The Lakota call this land "mako sica" which translates into "badlands." They and many other wanderers and settlers named it this because it is so hard to travel through.

Wade in the Waters


This is a small announcement that could be a lot of fun for some of you.

For the past two years Len has been a volunteer Wisconsin stream monitor. Once per summer month Len and another guy (with whom he has become friends) check water quality and stream-bed life at a few local sites. Before they started, they received clear but uncomplicated training in order to understand what is being looked for and how the testing equipment works. And they received hip waders!

Who's in the Mirror? Representation Matters


Who’s in the Mirror? Representation Matters

Old story, I’ve probably mentioned it before: In 1977 I was visiting a friend in Ohio for a weekend. We went to her United Methodist Church on Sunday which is in itself amazing since we were two single 20-something women who had been out drinking the night before.

In just spring


We know what the “Signs of Spring” are, probably because we did so many "Signs of Spring" art projects in grammar school. We know what to notice. Green shoots. Birds singing. Kids playing outside with kites, jump ropes, and jacks.

Why do we celebrate Signs of Spring but not Signs of Winter? Hmmm? Maybe Winter ought to look into this and make a complaint?

Meantime, Karen K sent these photos. Look at these lovely pale-but-not-boring colors and hues.

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