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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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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
Today I went to the House of Blues Gospel Brunch with Cynde and Amy. It was awesome. So much singing and dancing! I got to go on stage: So THAT was worship. Last night I was worship leader at St.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Michelle writes at RevGals: There it is right in front of us: Valentine’s Day. No matter what our marital status, who we’re dating, how our hearts have been broken or how we’ve been loved in the past, we can not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Terrapin Station
I'm going to die, and you're going to die, and we're all going to die. And what do we do in between? I acolyted at the Ash Wednesday evening service yesterday. There had been a busy noon service, and then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Cindi says at RevGals: Animals are on my mind this week. Pictured are two cats we adopted together in 1990: Leather (left) and Lace. Leather was the stealthy hunter and Lace was the demanding princess. They stayed with us for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Anne says at RevGals: So here it is, the first day of a brand new year. Let’s try a less conventional lens to think about the blank slate of 2016 with these prompts. The questions are intended to help explore... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at Terrapin Station
Isaiah 9:2-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness-- on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Julie says at RevGals: Making a list, checking it twice! I live by lists. And at this time of year in particular I can’t live without them! I have yet to make a food list. Or a present list. Or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Terrapin Station
These are the gifts that my colleagues chose for residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center. This huge complex on the south side of our city is not well known to most of us. I had never been there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Terrapin Station
How does the tree know how to do this, gradually, losing its leaves but turning their colors first? I know there's a biological answer. Today I need the beauty and the wonder. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Here's a photo of the new Sacred Ordinary Days Planner. I am loving it. It's my first time to use a planner with the Daily Office readings built in and I start my morning with Psalms...then the listing of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Terrapin Station
14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Terrapin Station
I'm using this format, from Here's the scripture for today: 25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Write about a spiritual practice that keeps you connected to God and to others. I try to engage people with whom I would otherwise just slip by. By this, I mean that I smile at people as I pass them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Friday afternoon I had a function that kept me busy most of the afternoon. It wasn't until I got home that I learned of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and that one of our former exchange students had died at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Terrapin Station
NaBloPoMo Day 15: Something quick... a YouTube share, a picture, a haiku.. Short and Sweet Sunday. The new Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, released this video on Saturday. I watched it and was comforted by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Terrapin Station
NaBloPoMo Day 14: Write a prayer for Japan or Beirut or Paris or Syria or Houston or Pyongyang... put the words out for all to see, even if your words are that you have no words. HELP. Please. Help. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Many Rev Gals and Pals do not live in the U.S. or are transplants. If you could live somewhere else, where would it be? I would live in the US, but at St. Teresa Beach, Florida. This is the house:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Describe your ideal day off. What would you do with your time? On my ideal day off, I would wake up, take my time getting out of bed, and then get a cup of coffee. I'd spend that perfect day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Terrapin Station
When I came back to work today (Wednesday the 11th), several people asked me how my "mental health day" was. Fine, thanks. Seems that for a name like that I should have gone to Spa Castle or something: but instead... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Drop one book from the scriptural canon. Do it. Do it! Begone, Obadiah! Just one chapter, and we've heard it all before. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Terrapin Station
Julia asks: What is the hardest part of a big project: getting the energy to begin, finding the time to work on it, or feeling down that it's over? I'm kind of shocked that this is even a question. You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Terrapin Station