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I hope you have had a good Easter Sunday so far and that you have a few more happy eats and chats and relax-on-the-sofa-with-a-cat-or-dog moments left in it.

I thought it was supposed to be raining this morning but … nope. So out I went for a “short” walk and the next thing you know it was several hours and miles later.  Sixty degrees and mild breezes and a lot of singing birds was a pretty nice way to spend a morning.

Came back, joined my congregation’s virtual coffee hour and no one even knew how sweaty I was. I mentioned the sad, sad fact that we had ordered Peeps and a chocolate bunny in our grocery order that Len picked up last night AND THEY WERE ALL OUT! First Easter of my life I would be celebrating without sugar bomb bunnies.

Then Meg and Moni and Adia walked over this afternoon to buy some of Otis’ masks – and guess what they brought?  More Peeps and chocolate bunnies than I can believe. I may have gotten tears in my eyes… I certainly laughed.  I have Peeps for a week. 

I am rich now.

Meg noticed this simple thing that I think all of us are feeling.  She was at a grocery store (with gloves and mask). The line to the cash register was very long.  People were complaining and she started to sigh until she remembered that being secure enough to shop for food - is being lucky and rich and blessed.

Did you comment on the letter to Kapenga yet? Read and comment here. 

"There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."  (from Harry Potter, of course)

 

 

 

 

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I Did everything I said yesterday that I planned to do except that instead of going for a nice short ride I rode maybe 25-30mils... It made me forget the bad stuff and appreciate the simple little things... And I burned off the calories from the overly sweet things Michael fed me this morning... My whole body is tired... Be safe everyone...
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Sometimes doing way too much is just the right amount, when what you are doing is slaying dragons.

So true (about the grocery store)! In general, I believe we all have the right to feel whatever we're feeling--even if it's annoyance while standing in line at the grocery store! However, during these heightened times, I am trying to be more conscious of all the ways in which my privilege is keeping me safe, fed, well-rested, and (mostly) happy.
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This is from Joyce in Vermont. (Somehow my postings got split into two and I am fixing that right now.) Has it been 30 days already for you? I think we are a day behind. Our governor (VT) says we will be free on May 15. Compared to a lot of New England and neighboring states, Vermont is doing well. Many of our local restaurants are open for take out. With the exception of farmers, most of our neighbors are out of work, though. This is really hard on folks. We hurt for them.

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.

But...

Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. https://lithub.com/. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

Advent Light Post 12/24/2020

Judy Saunders. Photo of a Rose.

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
As folks of old have sung.
It came a flower bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

...

Len and I were delivering presents to Chicago yesterday. Social distancing, with masks, but we did it and we saw our kids’ faces and there’s your Christmas, Ma’am.

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