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Mary Beth
I'm a glass-half-full kind of girl in a cynical world.
Interests: music, knitting, reading, writing, silence, the episcopal church usa, international education, cultural awareness, parking lot striping, centering prayer, peace and justice, women's ministry
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Lots of my friends in RevGalBlogPals choose a "STARword" each year at the feast of The Epiphany. I learned about it from Marci Glass and you can read more about the tradition at the page she wrote about it for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Terrapin Station
I have always known this to be true, for me. I think that is as much a personal thing as it is to do with the movies: I just plain like reading anything, much better. I can flip back and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Terrapin Station
Retirement continues to be busier than working life. I think while you're working you say, "well, I don't have time for that!" and you don't even attempt it. But when you're retired you should have PLENTY of time!! Not so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Terrapin Station
Life is extremely excellent, Rach! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2017 on Looking back, looking forward at Terrapin Station
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It's an anniversary kind of time. Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of my marriage to Ken Pritchett. I am still rather amazed that two such different people do so well together. We have worked for a long time on making... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Terrapin Station
Yesterday I was worship leader for Stations of the Cross at St. Martin's. This is offered on Friday nights in Lent. I got there early to open the building, vest, and choose a liturgy (we have several). While I did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Terrapin Station
For Lent I will be joining with a group of friends on Facebook to follow a Living Compass production, Living Well through Lent: Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. I am also renewing my commitment to daily... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Terrapin Station
I haven't written here for a very long time. It's been a busy time of finding my way in retirement. I left the University on May 26, so it's been nine months. Perhaps I've gotten to a place where I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Terrapin Station
One of my earliest memories is sitting in the old sanctuary at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Houston, next to my dad. On the Gospel side, about halfway back. I must have been fidgeting because he leaned over, pulling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Yep. It helps. Love you!!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on THE BIG DAY AT ST. MARTIN'S at Terrapin Station
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At the 8:30 service, we had just enough in the congregation to fill the altar rail at communion. That was super awesome too.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2016 on THE BIG DAY AT ST. MARTIN'S at Terrapin Station
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Today was a BIG CELEBRATION at church. We celebrated the Feast of All Saints (transferred from Nov. 2) and also our pledge ingathering. I acolyted at both services. Fr. Scot dressed as Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and taught the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Terrapin Station
The first time I voted was in a local election in Houston. I went with my mom and dad to Rummel Creek Elementary school. I had my brand-new voter registration card which I'd received after my 18th birthday in April... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Terrapin Station
It's been one of those days when I felt covered up by a thick blanket of ick. I've had depression long enough to know that this kind is situational, and that the election jabber and social media negativity have won... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Once, in a long ago church group, we were asked our passion. One of the group members said, "cognitive dissonance." She was a teacher of Rhetorical Analysis who worked in a local community college, and she relished working with young... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Most of you know I'm on the board of RevGalBlogPals, a non-profit that started as a blog-ring. The ring grew out of a group of bloggers who had gotten together on the internet in the early 2000's, and most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Monica posts these five questions about school. What was your favorite thing about school? The things I was good at, I was REALLY Good at. Those were: English. I loved English. Who was your most memorable teacher? Well, obviously, Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Oh, my dear. I'm hugging you from over here. I have to say I hesitated to write this because I have one (known) relative who may take exception. I'm remembering Anne Lamott: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
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Have you seen the recent article about the New Jersey man whose wife and girlfriend each published an obituary for him? They ran side by side in the local paper. You can read about it at this link. It's clear... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Francis is an important saint for me. The first church I chose and belonged to as an adult was St. Francis, College Station. The lessons we learned from Francis in that parish were many. We had a vegetable garden and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Terrapin Station
My friend Monica says at RevGals: As a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, one of the vows I took at my ordination read, in part, “Will you be a friend among your colleagues in ministry?” I’ve been reflecting on that lately... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Julie writes at RevGals: Previously when composing a FF in the wake of a disaster or outrage there has been a tendency to try to find something uplifting, or light, or amusing to break the mood. But this week, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Ken always converses with the squirrels around our Texas home and they chatter back animatedly - especially if one of our dogs is out. Here at the coast, there are many squirrels outside the porch, specially at the bird feeders.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Thoughts on my last day at work: I've been taken out to lunch twice this week and will be again today. Retirement is like that. :) Lots of laughing, lots of calories. It's very odd because all my personal stuff... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Terrapin Station