Archive for December, 2009

I’ve got an idea

December 21, 2009

I want to create study guides for the books on the MFC reading list.  Now lets see what I get done..

Feeling all ministerial

December 14, 2009

Today  I attended a perfectly wonderful Re service.  The kids are talented actors and the new Teen advisor is a brilliant O. Henry play adaptor.  And we had a lovely coffee hour with a potential new member at my table.

Then I led a Sunday Enrichment Discussion on Presence.  I wanted to prepare more, but it came to me first in an article from Psychology Today.  The structure was so good,  I just stole it.  I gave copies to everyone afterwords.  I also found an article in the local “Natural Awakenings” Magazine had a lovely presence meditation which I used and encluded in the walk away.

We discussed having an Eckhart Tolli “A New Earth” class.  We may start that next year.   My minister is pleased that these things can happen without her having to plan, organize or control them.   I am glad to help.

Then we went to visit a parisioner in the hospital.  We ended up staying for an hour which was longer than we had planned.  But I felt like we’d done our duty for the day.

Then I came home and made dinner.   A perfect day I think.

Losing members the bad way…

December 10, 2009

In the last 3 weeks we’ve had two members announced that they were leaving the community and one leave the bad way.  There’s a new member G___, she and her family are darling and new members and fully integrated in supporting coffee hour and volunteering to reset the sanctuary after bingo when needed and to watch the fire when there is one.  She would come to RE and say such brilliance and I am afraid I fell in love with her.  She wriggled into my heart and hearing that she was going during joys and concerns with no warning, left me weepy at the microphone.  Like a punch to the gut.  She is moving to be closer to family in January, she can live cheaper up north and while I understand this move, I will miss her terribly and plan to keep track of her even if I have to join face book to get the job done.

A longer member M___ is moving in May to New York to be closer to family and further from the heat and humidity of South Florida, she lives within shouting distance of the airport and with in smelling distance of Port Everglades.  Between US 1 and I-95 and her heath suffers from the pollution that surrounds her.  She misses nature.   She also needs to leave her practically X-husband and his attitude.  This does not make me cry because she is moving so far in the future…

Then there was Mary.  Mary up and died.  I still can’t believe it.  I’d rather they move back home to be close to family.  That’s no way to leave the church!  Mary was a get in there and do the work kind of volunteer.  She was a member for over 35 years.  2 weeks ago she was at the church moving chairs for bingo (a feat that is beyond my strength).  And then we heard that she had a heart attack and died over the weekend.  My first reaction was how is this possible.  Why did Mary move chairs?  Because she loved anything that built the church.   She stood on the corner with a sign encouraging people to come in and play bingo.  She went door to door with ads to get people in to church. She wrote checks to cover advertising in community papers. It was Mary’s goal to make the church financially viable.   I loved that about her.  What ever will we do with out her?  She was a treasure and now we must pick up the slack.

For all 3 dear ones there is grief.  Grief that G____ will be unable to fill her potential.  M_____ is a wonderful addition to the community, with her wisdom and the way she sets the tone.  And fiesty volunteer Mary, who will step up to be what we have lost there?

Book Review – “Secrets of the Monarch – What the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life” by Allison DuBios

December 3, 2009

I picked this book up from the library.  I chose it because I like to read about psychics. Allison DuBois is the woman upon whom the TV show “Medium” is based.  I had hoped that the book would have lots of stories about Dead People she had talked to.  I was not disappointed but there were chapters of the book that had none of that.  I love the dead people stuff and so I was a tad disappointed that it was not all like that.  I had to think, why would she do this… Then I looked at the title again.

Allison has been talking to the dead her whole life and now, with her kids ½ grown she’s started to notice the pattern.  So she is sharing with us the wisdom that she’s learned from those who’ve gone on.  Wisdom about how to live our lives is given.  Allison DuBois  is a lovely intuitive writer.  I appreciate the introduction by her husband who is (just like on the TV show) a wonderful human being designed perfectly to be her life partner/spouse/co-parent.

I love how she shares her experience of talking with her close friend who’s passed as well as her father.  She is still grieving him, even though he visits it is not the same.  I get visitation from my mother and I still grieve her too.  It’s bittersweet but I wouldn’t change it.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves the ghost stories. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for better ways to live their lives.  I recommend this book to anyone who is grieving.  There is comfort in these pages.