Trip to Atlanta
I've read three of her books and consider her an excellent writer.
Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith, 2006, rated 9/10I graduated in 1987 and haven't been back on campus more than a few times since then. Not for several years now. A lot has changed, and traffic seems to have doubled or tripled. I checked into the Red Roof Inn, wondering how in the world I'd ever be able to turn left onto the six-lane street to get to the event that night. I'll probably post more about her talk later, but for now I'll share this thought about darkness:
Altar in the World: Geography of Faith, 2009, rated 8/10
She shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.Mixed Blessings, 1986, rev. ed. 1998, required reading in seminary
The topics of these sermons range from conversations with Abraham and Moses to our awareness of the communion of saints and how to recognize a miracle when one comes our way.
The extent of the darkness in her life — and ours — may be "reading a good book by a low-watt lightbulb." Maybe it's time for a walk in the dark.Trip to the vet
Kiki died last summer, Sammy has been fighting the cat in the closet-door mirrors, unable to grasp it's herself she sees. With Kiki gone, Sammy feels free to come out of "her" room (she's my roommate's cat) into "Kiki's room" and jump on my bed to talk to me. She discovered a nice hidey-hole behind my desk, traversing the knee-hole and turning right into the corner. She thought no one could see her until the day she glanced to the side and could see me looking at her from beyond the desk. I was afraid I'd soon be writing an "R.I.P. ~ Sammy" post like the one I did last year for Kiki. But the only thing the vet found wrong was that she may have a hyperthyroid condition, which can be treated. He seemed unconcerned with possible Alzheimer's, which may have something to do with its being untreatable. Sammy was relieved when we got home and headed for her special spot behind the desk.
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