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Update from the Karrsonage

I've failed to keep up on the heroes posts. However, I did keep up with it for a while, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it. It was definitely fun for the times that I managed to keep up with it.

It feels like I am constantly behind. It's driving me a little nuts these days and yet, I'm not doing much to "catch up." Life just moves fast!

My baby girl is staying with her grandparents for 2 whole weeks! I really expected her to come home before the time was up but right now it looks like she will make it! I'm glad that she is having a great time and they are keeping her pretty busy so it doesn't sound like she's missing us yet. I hope she won't. I hate the thought of her crying and not being there for her. It's probably one of those times/things in which it's more difficult for me than her. I hope so! After all, I'm supposed to be the grown up!

It's also been fun just hanging out with my 2 older girls. Last Thursday we went t…

Heroes: June 19 & 20

hoops & yoyo are my heroes! they brighten my day and the days of many others they make us laugh and giggle even when we're feeling blue

sometimes i need some heroes that can do just that
bring a smile to my face

hoops & yoyo, i love you!

RevGal Friday 5: Life is a Verb

Digh, Patti. Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful,and Live Intentionally. Guilford, CT: Skirt!, 2008.
Jennifer recommended this book, which I got because I always value Jennifer's reading suggestions. The author of Life is a Verb, Patti Digh worked her book around these topics concerning life as a verb:
Say yes.
Be generous.
Speak up.
Love more.
Trust yourself.
Slow down.As I read and pondered about living more intentionally, I also have wondered what this Friday Five should be. This book has been the jumping off point for this Friday. 1. What awakens you to the present moment? getting drenched in the rain--it never fails to wake me up and pay attention 2. What are 5 things you see out your window right now? 1. tree, 2. hula hoop, 3. basketball, 4. flowers, 5. grass 3. Which verbs describe your experience of God? inspire, free, scare, love, accept, forgive, dance,…

Heroes: June 18

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an incredible man, pastor, theologian, and writer. It feels strange attempting to describe him--he did so much with his life. He could have escaped Germany in WWII while teaching in the U.S. Yet, he went back knowing that he'd probably lose his life, which he did. He would not set back and take the easy way out in the face of evil.

His words demonstrate more than anything I could say.

There is not a place to which the Christian can withdraw from the world,
whether it be outwardly or in the sphere of the inner life. Any attempt to
escape from the world must sooner or later be paid for with a sinful surrender
to the world. (Ethics)The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them. (Life Together)From God we hear the word: “If you want my goodness to stay with you then serve your neighbor…

Heroes: June 17

Gloria Steinem is one of my favorite feminists. Besides being one of the founders of Ms. magazine, she has devoted her life to helping women. In addition to that, she is a fabulous writer and extraordinarily witty. One of the first things I ever read of hers was "If Men Could Menstrate." I laughed til I nearly cried and then I nearly cried because it was totally true. She has been an inspiration to me ever since. Hopefully I will not violate any copyright laws but here is her article, "If Men Could Mensturate"
If Men Could Menstruate by Gloria Steinem
Living in India made me understand that a white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking a white skin makes people superior, even though the only thing it really does is make them more subject to ultraviolet rays and wrinkles.
Reading Freud made me just as skeptical about penis envy. The power of giving birth makes "womb envy" more logical, and an organ as external and unprotected as th…

Heroes: June 14, 15, 16

A picture is worth a thousand words. Enough said?

Heroes: June 12 & 13

It took less than 2 weeks for me to break the daily writing about heroes. It's not that I ran out of heroes, it's simply that life got rather busy. I'm sure you know all about how that happens. Do you ever meet anyone who isn't crazy busy these days? When I was a kid, I wished I was a twin--didn't everybody? I loved watching the Wonder Twins, "WonderTwin power activate!" I don't even remember their names. However, that's what Wikipedia is for! Their powers were as followed:
Zan can transform into any form of water, including liquid, mist, steam, or,
perhaps most usefully, any kind of functioning ice structure. Also, at one time,
he changed into a gelatinous form. By combining with already-existing water, Zan
could also increase his mass or volume in the water form chosen. In addition, he
could transform himself into weather patterns involving water, such as a
blizzard, a monsoon, or a typhoon.
Jayna can transform into any animal, whether real, mythologic…

Heroes: June 11

"Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all."

"It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God." I realize that citing Mary Daly as one of my heroes may be offensive to some--often poeple forget the amazing things she has written, said, and done and focus only on the most outrageous things she has written, said, and done.I had the pleasure of listening to her talk and meeting her after the lecture several years ago. She was quite gentle with the folks in the audiance who heckled her--quite vehemently I might add. I had expected her to "rip him a new one" but that wasn't at all what she did. She treated him with respect, even though he gave her none whatsoever, and took the time to listen to what he said and then said something to the effect of "you don't really care what i say or think, so i won't waste my time arguing with you" and moved on. I was high…

Heroes: June 10

Anne Lamott is one of my heroes.
I love how free and honest her writing voice is, she is an inspiration. As I struggled with my Christian faith she was one of the first writers and persons with whom I could finally identify with! She helped me to see that I did not have to fit in with the religious right but I could find ways to love them and accept them as I wanted to be loved and accepted as a Christian.
Lamott is witty, honest, and writes beautifully. I prefer her non-fiction over her fiction, perhaps it's that I enjoy reading someone with whom I can so closely relate.
PS. She will be speaking and signing books along with other faith writers on Oct. 10th in St. Paul, MN! See the previous post for a bit more info!
Holy One, thank you for the life, heart, and writings of Anne Lamott--God bless her!

Heroes: June 9

I'm sure I won't suprise you when I say that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my heroes. When I think about a life lived like Christ's I think of Dr. King. He was committed to God, committed to justice, love, and peace. He was willing to live for his faith as well as to die for it--he did both with grace and beauty.
It saddens me that our broken world kills those who are filled by the Holy Spirit and goodness. It's as if, we can't handle so much goodness in our midst so we must destroy it.
Dr. King was a well educated man and yet he did not look down upon or belittle those who were not educated.
I've heard rumors that he wasn't a terrific husband and father but none of us are perfect and they are rumors-not proven facts. Besides, we were created for good, not perfection.
My grandmother whom I adore/d, thought he was a communist. I guess that was a common slur of the times in an attempt to discredit him. I imagine that she died without realizing …

Heroes: June 8

John Wesley has become one of my heroes. John had his issues but he spoke prophetically in a time in which we needed a strong prophetic voice. He spoke against slavery very early on, I believe his was one of the first voices to publicly criticize it.
In one of his sermons, he said that the blood of slaves had stained everything the people owned, they all had blood on their hands. I've often wanted to just stand and read this sermon and ask people to think about whose blood is on our hands today. I'd offer that they think about workers getting paid 16 cents an hour and threatened with rape, migrant workers who receive nothing close to a decent wage and no health insurance. I know there are many more people whose blood we have on our hands every time we shop--nearly everywhere we shop.
He wanted to start a renewal movement, to get a spark bursting in the churches and he reluctantly helped to start a new church. I think he'd be saddened by the UMC--how big and bloated its becom…

Heroes: June 7

Thus far my heroes have been on the serious side. How about lightening things up a bit? One of my favorite comic book movie heroes (i don't think i've ever read a comic book on this one--other comics but not this guy) is Batman. He's dark and moody, human, with lots of uber cool toys and gadgets.
Yes, he's a rich kid but one who watched his parents die, that seems to make him exempt from my normal prejudices and issues with the wealthy. ;)
I don't know of a Batman movie or cartoon that I haven't liked, nor a television show--in fact, I LOVE the old Batman tv show! POW! BOOM!
I do think that The Dark Knight is my favorite Batman movie though! In my early 20's I would watch the animated Batman series anytime it was on.
Batman is both a bad boy and a superhero, what could be better than that?

Heroes: June 6

Susanna Wesley is a recent edition to my heroes list. I knew that I had gone over the edge and became a true "church nerd" when I began laughing while reading a history book about the beginning of Methodism.
It was a story in which Susanna Wesley refused to say "amen" at the end of a prayer that mentioned the king (she did not believe that he was the rightful heir to the throne). Samuel Wesley, her husband, said she needed to say amen or else he was leaving. He left. While he was gone, people still came to visit Susanna, looking for spiritual advice and prayers, eventually she was having a regular church service in her kitchen. Samuel heard about this and wrote to here that she must cease these meetings immediately.

She replied that she would quit the meetings if Samuel was prepared to stand before God at their judgement day and explain to God why Susanna had not done as she was told by the Lord. He dropped the subject.
When the king was replaced by someone Susanna …

Heroes: June 5

Sorry this is a late posting but I was on the road by 4:30am so I didn't have time to blog before leaving--I do hope you'll forgive me. ;)

Ever since I began thinking about this heroes thing, my eldest daughter Merkin keeps popping into my head. She is one of my heroes.

Ever since she was tiny she was mostly fearless. She was and continues to be scared of heights but that hasn't stopped her from riding and loving rollercoasters, climbing some crazy stairs to the top of a lighthouse, it's not stopped her from doing anything that I know of.

When she was 5 she wrote a song at Christmas time about Jesus. I have it somewhere but I haven't a clue--boxed away I'm sure. Anywho, my little 5 year girl got up at church and sang her song to everyone. She preached a sermon that she wrote when she was 10 years old. She's one brave girl. I absolutely love her courage and confidence (although it can be a bit overbearing at times).

Despite the bravado that I sometimes p…

Heroes: June 4

Another hero of mine is my Grandma Daisy. I have more memories of her than perhaps anyone else in my life. She was my world for a very long time.

Grandma held the family together. She was rather short and unassuming, my grandfather was over 6ft and rather intimidating. However, the people who knew them understood that it was Grandma was the one you didn't want to mess with! She wasn't mean or cruel but the spoke what she thought clearly and (seemingly) without hesitation.

I loved to listen to the stories of her childhood--I wish I knew more of them. She had wanted to be a doctor but couldn't go to school (I think it had to do with $). She learned all she could on her own and she took care of all of us. She was the family matriarch. When she died, our family fell apart without her--she was our glue.

She was a woman of great strength--physically, mentally, and spiritually. She didn't attend church because she didn't like the pretense of it--folks keeping watch over who …

Strange Dreams

The last month or so I've been having the strangest dreams but this morning I woke up still disturbed by one from last night.

I'm not sure what the craziest part was--my ex-husband shooting me perhaps 2ft away, or a gradeschool friend saving my life, or perhaps my beloved hubby wanting to divorce me because I had spoken with my ex-husband.

Not the best way to start the morning!
Oh well, at least it was just a dream!

Heroes: June 3

Rosa Parks is one of my heroes. Without intending it she sparked the rise of the Civil Rights movement--at least to white people's eyes. I once heard her (on a TV interview) say that she wasn't meaning to start this big hoopla, she was simply tired and didn't see why this white man should have claim to her seat so she just stayed there. She simply listened to that small voice that says "no" to injustice and refused to move.

This is really all any of us can do. We can only listen to the voice within us that tells us something isn't right and if we follow this voice we can do good things, small things that help to bring about some small victories of justice in this world. Rosa Parks showed us this truth. She was simply tired and refused to be bullied. It took great courage for her to do this and it took great strength even if she was tired.

Be sure to check out Rosa and Raymond Park's Institute for Self Development.

God bless you, Rosa Parks!

Heroes: June 2

My mom has been a hero of mine for a long time. We fight and fuss like mothers and daughters do but she truly is my hero.

My mom, Linda, is one of the strongest people I know. She left my father because he was physically abusive. It was really scary for her but she did what she had to do. It took courage and strength beyond imagination. Despite the awful threats he made to her, a year or so later she found the determination to come for me. In the first grade I moved in with my mom. I used to sneak and read her diary from time to time (sorry mom) and she was still scared of what he might do and yet, anyone else would never have known it. I only knew because I was a snoop.

She raised me with great love and tenderness which is pretty amazing because I was a horrible child to her. I was an angry child and filled with rage most often misdirected at my mother. (I'm sorry mom.) Yet, she never laid a hand on me. I don't know how she did it, I would have ended up beating a child like tha…

Heroes: June 1

Dorothy Day was an incredible woman. She felt that her faith, her beliefs, the life she found in Jesus Christ meant that she had to live accordingly. She took great care of others and lived a life dedicated to living, loving, and doing whatever she could to help those who were pushed down, financially impoverished, and generally looked down upon by society. She knew that there had to be a better way, a better social system than the one we had, the one we still have.

It seems that she feared absolutely nothing. She experienced what it meant to be thrown in jail and yet continued to devote her life to others and creating a place for justice. She raised a daughter, Tamar, on her own. She helped to start the Catholic Worker Movement which still continues--in Kansas City there are 2 Catholic Worker Houses. They do amazing work and truly act as the hand and feet of Christ in this world.

Dorothy Day has inspired many--from her own time and into our present. I know that her legacy will live on …