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Mary Beth
Texas
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Julie in Scotland says, at Revgals: Gosh but the days are flying by! I love this time of year – the days are lengthening now, and in my part of the world it means we have light from around 4am... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Terrapin Station
The month after I started working at UNT, two of our students were involved in a car accident in Mexico, and one of them was killed. I had a file on that. I also had a file on the rape,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Terrapin Station
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Michelle writes at RevGals: May marks the end of many academic years. If we are scrolling through our newsfeed, we’ve begun to see photographs of our friends and family members in their caps and gowns. For me, there are days... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Terrapin Station
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As of today, I have 10 more days to work (my last day in the office is May 26). Not that I'm counting....Seriously, I'm both sad and happy. And more than a little scared. And deeply interested in the process... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Terrapin Station
3dogmom writes at RevGals: My life is overflowing with transitions at this time: losing a beloved family homestead, welcoming a new grandchild, starting a new call next month, packing up our home in anticipating of a move 1000 miles away...... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Terrapin Station
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Monica says at RevGals: We are in the process of purchasing our first house, ever. In the process, we’ve realized how much we don’t know and are ever so grateful for our realtor. We’ve also reflected on what we need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Our spiritual journey requires a deepening awareness of our own shadow and light. It requires a rigorous commitment to ‘catching ourselves in the act’ of automatic, programmed responses. It requires choosing instead to respond from the place of light in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Terrapin Station
In the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based formation program for children, a key concept is wonder: both in the sense of the wonder of God, and also wondering about God. I am in a process of spiritual direction... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Terrapin Station
On this, Friday before Holy Week – when our lives will get very busy (more busy…) what are the things which gladden your heart? Which give you strength and sustain you when the going gets tough? And, can you choose... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Terrapin Station