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27 August 14

Doing the Thing Anyway

This is a post that involves hospitals, a cancer scare that turned out OK, menstruation, and running. It’s also long. Sorry, mobile app users. The important thing to know is that we’re all going to be fine. Absolutely no reblogs.

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Posted: 11:53 AM
I don’t know everything, but I do know this: This is a problem for our whole nation, not just for people of color. We are in this together. And riot gear, intimidation, and more brutality from police are not the way forward towards healing. They are, in fact, yet another giant step backwards. As for me, I’m looking on the local level for practical actions I can take. And I refuse to be silent or still any more.
— Meg Riley, “Up To Our Necks,” from the Huffington Post, 8/14/2014 Up to Our Necks | Rev. Meg Riley
24 August 14

Were I to Teach a Course on God by Nancy Shaffer

Were I to teach a course on God
I would begin with a plate of persimmons—
The sweet, crisp kind, the ones more
Orange than red: the hard, squat Fuyus
I eat each November morning on hot
Wheat cereal with almonds.

I would slice the persimmons gently
Across their fat centers, then hold them
Out. See the star shape? I would
Offer them, so all might wonder.

I would slice brown Bosc pears
Straight down their middles,
So the threads of each stem
Trace wispily down to that rounded
Place where dark seeds lie, tear-shaped
And wet in white, firm flesh.
I would hold these halves
Silently forward, their bottoms smooth
In the curves of my palms.

I would teach God with plates of pomegranates,
Both before they were opened and after.
I would bring wet washcloths.
We would bury our faces and eat:
All that luminescent purple-red,
Those clear-bright kernels fitted in tight rows
On small and tumbling hills—
And all that juice, so easily broken, sweet
And puckery at once. We would say nothing.

I would teach this way:
With plates of fruit, a knife;
Many washcloths. With my eyes
Very large; my mouth mostly silent,
So all might eat.

Posted: 11:53 AM
My work yesterday took me to the Judge Morris Estate in White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, DE. The pond was rich with life. Next to the pond, there was a persimmon tree. My colleague drivelikeaminister and I remembered a poem about persimmons by our dear colleague of blessed memory Nancy Shaffer.

My work yesterday took me to the Judge Morris Estate in White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, DE. The pond was rich with life. Next to the pond, there was a persimmon tree. My colleague drivelikeaminister and I remembered a poem about persimmons by our dear colleague of blessed memory Nancy Shaffer.

22 August 14
Lagged a bit this week, but I have a new goal and I’m back on Team Sweat.

Lagged a bit this week, but I have a new goal and I’m back on Team Sweat.

21 August 14

kelsium:

The Ferguson organizers have put together a form for people who want to volunteer their time either on site or from home.

Reblogged: kelsium

Posted: 11:49 AM

ackb:

kelsium:

For the Friar Tuck crowd.

Someone activate the NUN SIGNAL.

(Source: twitter.com)

Reblogged: ackb

20 August 14

mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).

community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.

please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.

Reblogged: dendroica

Posted: 6:32 PM
ehbeesea3:

apatosaurus

Ha! Friends on all sides!

ehbeesea3:

apatosaurus

Ha! Friends on all sides!

Reblogged: ehbeesea3

Posted: 6:31 PM
Bibliosaurus delivers. Thanks!

Bibliosaurus delivers. Thanks!

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh