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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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This story was compiled for the Finding Family contest in the San Angelo Standard-Times. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mom and I were unable to meet in person, so this was dictated by her to me via her Facebook Portal.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Terrapin Station
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https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34640-d6997779-Reviews-The_George_Griffin_Pottery-Sopchoppy_Florida.html Today I drove into the Apalachicola National Forest to visit the potter. George Griffin has had a studio there since 1975. He is a lovely and gentle soul and has been a friend to my family for a long... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at Terrapin Station
Fell in love with this recipe that Jemma brought to us from New Zealand at the RevGals Board meeting last fall. Butternut Squash & Blackeye Pea Curry – vegan 1 butternut squash Coconut or olive oil 1 Tbsp. Garam Masala... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at Terrapin Station
When I was a child at Ascension, Houston, we had a Rogation Day parade one time and "beat the bounds" in this way. It was a big piece of property, at least back then it was!
Today's Friday, the 27th of March. We are supposed to have been playing with Nova today, but her mom is not working so she gets to be home playing with both girls instead. Tomorrow I'm supposed to have been headed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at Terrapin Station
It's Saturday, March 21, 2020. It seems important to say that, even though this blog post will automatically date itself. I'm hoping that by writing this I can pin my feet to the earth and keep from flying off into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Terrapin Station
I love this story, and will always remember hearing it from you at our first meeting. Grateful that you came this way and that we can work together for a season. :)
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2019 on How I Became an Episcopalian at e-piphanies
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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