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Ann Markle
Buffalo, NY
Semi-retired Episcopal priest, gardener, traveler, with one quirky dog
Interests: gardening, television, movies, reading, writing, cooking, my dogs, yoga, nature
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This is original sin.
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2020 on Sunday Sermon at The Little Red Blog
I kind of like “useless eater:” it defines little donny pretty well.
I was just thinking about this on the way home from church (so less than an hour ago)! Teaching a Lenten study on John's Gospel, and thinking that you really have to enter into it differently than the synoptics. More like reading poetry, though lots of people don’t “get” poetry, either. Maybe more like getting ready to listen to music, or even to sing. Sometimes lyrics don’t make a lot of sense, or sound really banal, if you just read them out loud, with a rational, logical mind. But once the music is there, lyrics are transformed into something more, something meaningful, metaphorical. Maybe it’s just surrendering ourselves to the movement of the Spirit. And yes, our reading from Romans today was similar - “Just as through the one man, we all are sinners, so through Christ are we saved” (rough rendition). Not literal; more poetic, metaphorical. Great minds....
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2020 on Making Sense of Spirit at The Little Red Blog
You go! Great inquiry!
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2020 on Deedle-Deedle Queep at The Little Red Blog
Living in fear, here, and feeling pretty helpless to do anything.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2020 on What Is To Be Done? at The Little Red Blog
Scialabba isn’t wrong, and neither are you. As a churchy-type person, I keep trying to show people how scripture and (admittedly, pretty flexible Episcopal) dogma promote this view and approach to life, rather than divert from it. I spend a certain amount of time translating. Like any good thing, scripture and dogma can be used for enrichment or impoverishment.
Thanks for this. Have been thinking of a couple of things touched on in this: the ordinary appearance of “the holy,” much of the time is something I preached about today. Just finished a book with the subtitle “Carl Jung and the end of humanity,” and this helps me name the error of fatalism and linearity (even though my author tries to sidestep this). I think this is why I always enjoyed our rambling conversations so much.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on Sunday Sermon at The Little Red Blog
Interesting ideas. I especially like the one about sharing and friendly critique of ideas in groups of friends. Have been corresponding about this with a Facebook/email friend. So can we really retrieve our democracy by walking more? Think I’ll walk to breakfast tomorrow, if I’m well enough. But I’m still driving to church in Lancaster!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2020 on Today's Blinks at The Little Red Blog
I have been thinking about something like this for a little while. Ego transcendence is essential. Mystical experience is pretty important (call it what you will. “Oceanic” seems a little trivial for how profound it feels). The Church’s agreed upon definitions of theological things are pretty irrelevant these days. But hearts are still hungry. To use churchier language, the God-shaped hole is still there, and still can’t be filled by the usual things we try. So if the church is to continue to exist, what is it that we have to give? I’m wrestling with this.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2020 on Sunday Sermon at The Little Red Blog
Wait - did you just tell me to go to hell? And here I thought you were my friend! It was one of those times when I read through with great satisfaction and agreement, then did a double take and said, “Hey, wait a minute!” 😳🤪😁
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2020 on Giving Them Hell at The Little Red Blog
Beautiful. Thank you. Perfect prayer for the New Year.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2020 on 2020 at The Little Red Blog
Merton can be difficult sometimes, but not here. Of course there’s no room inside little donny, because he is so completely full of himself. So small. So impoverished. Oops, I could almost see around my blind rage there, to a place of feeling sorry for him. But not quite.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2019 on No Room at The Little Red Blog
Roy, I was told it might be an old grain silo top. Very heavy.
Wow. That’s all. You could have stopped with the definition of liberalism.😱
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2019 on The Sin of Liberalism at The Little Red Blog
Completely agree! If it’s not relevant to how we can live today, how we can live more deeply, richly, and abundantly (and I’m not talking about material riches and abundance), why bother? Better to just sleep in on Sunday morning.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2019 on Sunday Sermon at The Little Red Blog
😄😂 Yes, Obama had a few scandals in his administration, though by current standards they could be classified as “controversies.” And there is a point to be taken (however poorly made) about news media exaggerating things, just as The Weather Channel often (not always) exaggerates weather events. I’m thinking about the huge deal that was recently made of Bernie’s recent heart attack. Yeah, sure, it’s a big deal; but the breathless speculation about “Where is he? Why are other people speaking on his behalf???” was hard to stomach. If “the elites” are trying to take down little donny, I wish them great success. Looking forward to President Nancy!
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2019 on Saturday Blinks at The Little Red Blog
Wish I read as much as you! Not the same books, but same quantity.👏👏❤️🏆🙂
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2019 on Books Report at The Little Red Blog
I’m not sure what Facebook friends you’re referring to. Did not help Shields, but read a piece by David Brooks that convinced me he's even more of an asshat than I already thought. And as far as acceptable expressions of anger, let’s never forget Brett Kavanaugh! A pox of them all, and let’s get on with it!
Though I disagree with most of this post, I’m glad you’re doing it again.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2019 on Return of the Blinks at The Little Red Blog
Not sure what to think about this. I guess I'll stick with Luke for now. But keep writing....
Thanks for this. Have been reading a fair amount of medieval history, to try to get a cultural sense of the Middle Ages (relative to black madonna studies, of course), and these resources will be helpful too, I imagine.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2019 on The Modernist Error at The Little Red Blog
Appreciated this excerpt. Saw pieces of “The American Experience” on PBS last night, about McKinley's election and the birth of the populist movement in Kansas in the late 1800s. It was about a lot more than that, but the birth of the culture wars between the “Eastern, Urban Elites” (joined with industrial workers) and the “Angry, Disenfranchised Midwest” is what captured my attention. So much for the thesis that it all started with Vietnam! I realize this better serves the author's main point, but he's about 75 years off on his timeline.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2018 on Fortunate Sons at The Little Red Blog
Let’s start with changing the lawyer joke to “elected representatives.” Why haven’t they done this (the commission, not the joke) already? Something for the Obama/Holder group to take on, though I suppose that would doom it right from the start.
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Wow, it has been such a very long time since I've posted a sermon. I don't write them at all anymore, so we'll see how this goes, just jotting down some random thoughts and notes that I probably said today... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at One Wild and Precious Life
Nearly a year since my last entry! My dental hygienist once said, "If you'd get your teeth cleaned every one year, rather than every three years, you'd be a lot better off!" (I do that now, I assure you.). It's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at One Wild and Precious Life