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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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As the year begins to slow and turn in on itself, winter approaching, I wonder: where have I been? Then, I get another email from 10Q: The vault is opening! Do You 10Q? is a site I've joined for three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Terrapin Station
So what I do is, I read. That's one of my most basic identities. I'm a reader. Coincidentally, I have 2 degrees in literature. When I was in high school I used to set myself "summer reading projects" with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Terrapin Station
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First, I read Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain by Sarah Vallance. This is in the Amazon First Reads series, pre-publication books that are available early to Kindle Unlimited readers. It's incredibly well written and fascinating. Sarah is a difficult... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Terrapin Station
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My community is praying. A two year old is missing from his apartment. He was taking a nap, his mama went to check on him, he was gone. Foul play has not been suspected so far. It's in my neighborhood;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Terrapin Station
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Brene Brown asks: this week, what are you trusting, grateful for, inspired by, and doing for fun? Trusting: My own body. My own instincts. I keep saying that, week to week, because it's a huge shift. I'm not sure I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Terrapin Station
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Frisco, Texas used to be one of those little wide spots in the road in North Texas. In the years since I've lived here, it's exploded, especially in this past year. Population is now 177,286, while in 1990 it was... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Terrapin Station
A few weeks ago I attended a Chamber of Commerce event for Women in Commerce. One of the speakers reviewed a book by Randi Zuckerberg called Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day). Zuckerberg is the... Continue reading
Reblogged May 5, 2019 at Terrapin Station
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Okay, here's what I'm thinking about in my spiritual life. Amy reminded me recently that our Enneagram teacher, Suzanne, says that "the healthier we are in our numbers, the more unoffendable we are." Surely I've heard Suzanne say it a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Terrapin Station
That is, I can arouse myself from the torpor of daily living to chop things and make a meal. It started with egg salad from our Easter Egg hunt finds. I chopped celery, onion, eggs, added mayo. Pretty simple. When... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Terrapin Station
Yesterday I saw my counselor. She asked how I was, and I said, "I'm good." "I can tell, she said," your energy is totally different today." I've been dragging in there. I've been dragging everywhere. I've been getting out of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Terrapin Station
A few weeks ago I attended a Chamber of Commerce event for Women in Commerce. One of the speakers reviewed a book by Randi Zuckerberg called Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day). Zuckerberg is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Terrapin Station
A few weeks ago I wrote about how praying Psalm 37 is keeping me from flying off the planet. Here's another version, from The Order of St. Helena Psalter Psalm 37 1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Terrapin Station
I was watching a video of Lilith Fair yesterday, and I was very struck that all the artists said they were surrounded by music in their early years. Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Emily Saliers & Amy Ray, all the others,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Terrapin Station
As someone with eating disorders, I've never really comprehended the true contours of my body. It's complicated. But overall, I generally tend to feel that I am super overweight, no matter how true that is, or is not. So here's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Terrapin Station
I don't know about you, but I'm finding it hard to pray these days. I'm so angry over so much that's happening in the world. A few weeks ago, a clergy friend was posting on Facebook about her despair, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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This past Sunday, at the time for birthday and anniversary blessings, I went forward to have a blessing for the anniversary of my baptism. Afterward, several people told me that they had no idea of the date of their baptism!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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Sarah Elizabeth Brown Swarthout, enumerated in line 11, was my second great-grandmother; that is, my grandmother's grandmother. My great-grandfather, her son Richard Brown Swarthout, was not born until 1862, so he is not included in this census. She is physically... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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Say something. Don't say nothing! Jennifer Harvey's Raising White Kids is an excellent introduction to the issue facing parents and grandparents of how to talk about racial issues that I was taught "it's not nice" to talk about. The fact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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There are those (some very close to me) who believe that the moral decline in our country is responsible for the massacres in our country. I gotta say, no. I don't like the moral decline, no I do not. But... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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Just spent a week in Dallas with 52 RevGals studying the Enneagram with Suzanne Stabile of Life in the Trinity Ministry! It's always life-giving to study with Suzanne, and it's always beautiful to be with the RevGals, and this was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Terrapin Station
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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
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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