Mary Beth Writes

12/15/2022

Spirituality is interesting. For most of us, it is the nebulous ought’s and ought-not’s handed to us by our families, churches, and culture we grew up in. It’s obeying sensible and weird rules about how to behave. Spirituality is given to us, often without our understanding how much of our sense of who we are is simply a passing along of lots of traditions and rules.

There is another way of understanding spirituality. It’s a way of being awake to the world and moment we are in. Its standing outside on your porch at night, looking at the sky - not to see how lovely it is – but simply to see it. To look as intently as we can at what’s there, what the air around us feels like, what noises we hear, what the universe is humming tonight.

I invited you yesterday, to send photos of right now, where you live, what you are seeing, what is capturing your imagination. Holiday photos are great. So are pictures of nature and pets and what’s going on in your kitchen or craft room or your congregation or classroom.

Instead of fulfilling what we already know and expect from advent, Christmas, December– I’m inviting us to be still and then and look around. What’s your dog yearning for when you look into her face? What is your grandkid learning as she wildly climbs the castles at the playground? What happens when you bite into the first double chocolate cookie you make late at night when you can’t sleep? Those kinds of photos, too.

Here are some photos some of you sent yesterday.

Can you feel the chilly breeze coming up and over that ridge?

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David says of this: “Taken last Sunday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, at the mineral exhibit. This one is of Pyrite “Sun”, obtained from Sparta, IL. Having a camera in my cell phone allows me to get a lot of photos that would have been impossible back in the day. I can press the cell phone right up against the glass of the display case and there will be no annoying reflections.”

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This is a NASA photo of a star burst which has the Pyrite dynamics of a lifeforce bursting outwards from the middle.

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Len took this photo at our last house.

“The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue”

Bob Dylan

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You can email your photos to me at MB at MaryBethDanielson.com   If I get more pictures from you, I will post them. 

 

 

 

 

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I really like your photo ops for all of us!

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What Now, US Constitution?

7/2/2024

Not sure if I wrote this post for you or for me.

I was close to the end of my volunteer shift at the Food Pantry yesterday. The morning had been tougher than usual (see the upended boxes we didn’t have time to flatten) and I was tired. Then I got this text from Len, “Don’t look at the news.”

I’ve never received anything this cryptic from Len in my life. I told my co-worker Nancy I needed to look at the news because something weird was going on.

She replied, “The Supreme Court.”

Hot Weather Diary #4

6/26/2024

Guess what amazing thing is happening at my house right now? This has not happened in, I think, two weeks…

OUR WINDOWS ARE OPEN!

Yesterday evening the heat index was 100 degrees. Tonight the temperature is 70, low humidity, breezes wafting in the windows like angels’ breath.

Hot Weather Diary #3

6/19/2024

Today was another hot one and right now, it’s still 93 degrees in my backyard.

Hot Weather Diary #2

6/18/2024

“Time wasted at a lake is time well spent.”  (I tried to learn who wrote this; it seems to have arisen spontaneously on a Pinterest plaque for your cabin.)

There is an argument that civilization started on the banks of rivers, the oceans, and along the shores of the hundreds and thousands of lakes on our earth. Waterfront is where people and animals gather to drink, eat, cool off, and watch the youngsters while they play. Also, it’s where adults gather to chat, fish, breathe in beauty, and sometimes swim far out there where joints don’t ache and its quiet.

Hot Weather Diary #1

6/17/2024

We all knew it was coming and here it is. A Hot Week! We are in the news! We are important! Humans around the nation, especially in the East and Midwest, will be living through a week with temps in the 80’s, 90’s and worse.

What the Dickens?

The photo is from Barnados, a childrens charity in London in the 19th century. 

6/15/2024

Argh! I have a new phone because the old one stopped staying charged plus a few more foibles. My phone cost $400 five years ago so it makes sense that it stopped working reliably, right? If an appliance worked like this we would burn that manufacturer to the ground.

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