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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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