Origin Story

I went back to physical church this past Sunday after one year and four months of watching the weekly service online. It was weird – the smaller attendance, the lack of the usual treats and coffee that were always present, and saying hello to people I had not seen since I was last inside the building. One of those people was Brenda, who is a very sweet soul and who I have helped with volunteer opportunities in the past. OnRead more

Butt, what kind?

I’m confused. Is the yellow arrow pointing to where the butts are? If yes, what kind of butts? Is it obvious – the kind of butts – or is there an alternative definition? Do they want me to go to the butts, look at the butts or throw them in the trash? Will I be arrested if I take the wrong action with the wrong butts? Any idea? Answers? This post has been brought to you by a questionable signRead more

Chocolate Love & Baking Science

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate, the tenth person always lies.” ~John Tullius~ I never lie. And I don’t simply “like” chocolate, I love it. The dark chocolate kind. The kind that tastes like chocolate and not sugar. My apologies to the milk chocolate fans out there (I used to be one myself), but I no longer want dairy or a lot of sugar in my chocolate. It’s an acquired taste, but once you get there, you don’t goRead more

Prising Gibbs

“Try to prise a limpet away from its rock and it will cling all the harder.” ― Jeremy Holme A limpet is a marine mollusk. I have a cat who will serve as its stand-in. Some days, prising Gibbs away from my side requires a chisel and pry bar. I am his rock with a thin coating of super glue. Where I go, he goes. When I sit, there he is – gray paws kneading rhythmically on a pair of LeeRead more

Nurturing in the Dirt

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin I started volunteering again at Loaves and Fishes of Appleton – the place where, pre-pandemic, I helped serve meals to community members in need. They continued to provide bagged meals as a drive-up service beginning in March, 2020, but I have stayed away from serving in that capacity. ItchingRead more

Nonsense at the Bar

“A witch, a vampire and a jew meeting in secret. It would set Christian tongues wagging for miles.” — Rabbi Loew in A Discovery of Witches Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, who was also known as The Maharal and lived during the 16th century, was an important scholar, Jewish mystic and philosopher who served as a leading rabbi in Moravia and Bohemia (Czech Republic). However, I am not here to provide a history lesson because the focus is on historicalRead more

Changing…Evolving…Acclimating

“If you can’t acclimate, you disintegrate.” – Katie Kacvinsky I learned the art of acclimation working for a state government agency for many years. I often called our agency the Department of Change because we never sat still. Policy and procedures were constantly evolving and employees were expected to acclimate. We had no other choice. Monday, May 10th, was a day of change, a day I became fully vaccinated and celebrated with a walk-and-talk with one of my pastors as he willRead more

Feeling the Stab

“Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” ~Carrie Snow~ Following on the heels of Dan Antion’s Monday morning rant about his TV services, I have my own rant about a new smart(?) TV I recently purchased. It’s a beautiful 55″ TV, one that I gifted to myself after much deliberation about the cost. Gibbs said I could have bought him a lot more catRead more

Courtesy in Three Words

“On your left!” This is a common courtesy shout-out that bicyclists are supposed to give others on the trail system rather than silently passing and scaring the crap out of the person or persons walking or biking on the right. I’ve already noticed that this courtesy has been in short supply as the weather has turned warmer. I’m not sure if bikers are embarrassed to say those three words, if they don’t know they are supposed to say those threeRead more

Visible in Love

“What if the only example of God’s love your neighbor will ever see is you?” ~Pastor Shawn Whitworth~ For Christians and non-Christians alike, loving a neighbor or another human being can be difficult at times. We are humans, after all, with egos, steadfast opinions, self-righteousness, fearfulness and unwarranted condemnation that allow us to flow along with inappropriate behavior toward others rather than love unconditionally. During Easter week, I am reminded that Christ died for our sins and gave us eternalRead more

An Observation of Fantasy TV

Natasha and I have had an ongoing observation. A question, really. “How come we could never drink at work?” It comes from viewing the fantasy of television and movies, where there’s never an inappropriate time or place to have a drink. On NCIS, Director Vance has a stock of adult refreshment in plain view and will occasionally offer a dram of golden liquid to one of his employees. On A Discovery of Witches, the vampire drinks red wine in hisRead more

Read, watch TV, nap.

“Sleep did not honor me with it’s presence.” ~Alysha Speer~ MJM’s Diary of the Tired: Monday, March 15, 2021, 3:30 am – Gibbs the cat wakes me. The change in time may be at fault here, or he may be his usual self who believes he deserves kibble upon vocal and mischievous demands. Monday, 3:35 am – I used the water spray bottle. Gibbs settled down. Monday, 4:00 am – I am awake again, but not by the paws ofRead more