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Thanks to you who responded to yesterday's post with affirming comments. It feels awkward and sad to cancel activities we want to do with people we like and love. As our friend David so helpfully reminded, “Just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean it isn’t out to get us.”

Are you also are confused about quarantining? This HuffPost article is the clearest article I’ve read yet about how long to isolate if one has Covid, or one is positive, or if one has been exposed.   

Read the article here. 

Many Americans seem incredibly angry because advice given to us through these past two years has often been inconvenient and inconsistent.

What kind of mask to wear? I remember giving our sole N95 to our son spring 2020 because he travels a lot for his job.  From the start experts advised those of us who had them to use them. There just weren’t enough N95’s back then. Trump thought Covid would go away and Jared thought it would handily decimate the blue states. (He was only off by one color.) It seemed that no one was rushing to order or manufacture the serious masks. 

Where does the virus land and stick? Surfaces? In the air? One our skin? In our eyes? Yes to all of the above. 

How long to quarantine? How sick will little kids get? Are hospitals and clinics safe? Should we postpone routine medical and dental care? 

Do you recall this Sondheim song?

Maybe “Into the Thick of It” should be our temporary national anthem.

Into the thick of it. Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it. Ugh!

We're tramping through the bush.

On and on we push. Into the thick of it,

But we can’t see where we’re going.

We’ve made a stellar start.


To find the jungle's heart.

But all we'll find is nothing,

If we can’t see where we’re going!

Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

But we can’t see where we’re going!


Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

But we can’t see where we’re going! Ugh!

The jungle's kind of tricky,

The path is never straight,


And sometimes there's no path at all

Which makes it hard to navigate.

Although the jungle's thick,

We're moving through it quick.

But that won't do us any good

If we're going around in circles.


Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

Into the thick of it.

We’re going round in circles! Ugh!

These trees look so familiar,

We've been here once before.


You're right, except it wasn't once

It was three times, or four.

Stuck in the thick of it!

Stuck in the thick of it!

Stuck in the thick of it!

We’ve gone around in circles


Listen to it here:


Len once said this when we started dating. We both laughed and kept using it. It’s the motto we would have on our family crest if we had a crest. 

“If this were easy, cats could do it.”



Yes, into to the thick of it!!!!!! Priceless, how true...

I wonder if cats ever think, "If this were easy, humans could do it."
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That's funny!

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What Turns You Around?

I am just home from a walk to and from the YMCA gym. It takes more than an hour and since I am not an ‘early bird gets the worm’ kind of person, this ruins several mornings per week. Though I have been having the heart function tests they throw at you when you say your heart fibrillated like 7-Up and mentos tablets for a couple days back there. Just another older American here, keeping cardiologists off the dole. So far my heart is testing well and I suspect the walk and the gym are part of why I’m fine.

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.

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