Books, Children, Entertainment, Knit Without Ceasing, Travel


Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.

We are working very hard around here at finding the joy despite the seemingly neverending rain, so I thought I would make a list of a few joyful things in my life today.

First, I have more yarn than I know what to do with, although less than some famous stashers. At the moment I have three projects on the needles: a baby-sized Prayer Shawl for Small Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, which we are hoping to expand to include addicted infants being treated at the local hospital; a shawl for The Princess made with the yarn I purchased in New Orleans in January; and a pair of socks using the eight-stitch basket weave pattern in Sensational Knitted Socks and some really pretty KnitPicks Essential Sock Yarn in Cocoa.

Second, I saw two wonderful movies yesterday. In the afternoon, the kids and I went to see “A Prairie Home Companion.” It’s only playing at one theatre in the area, with about 130 seats available, and the theatre was packed with people who were, well, let’s just say The Princess leaned over and whispered, “Everyone here is really old, Mom.” The music was wonderful, the plot eccentric, the theology intriguing and the jokes by the cowboys exceptionally bad and hilarious. Later, #1 Son and I watched “Capote,” with its brilliant performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I guess now we will have to read “In Cold Blood.” That will add another book to my summer reading list, which you may find in the sidebar. Book #1 was disappointing, but the next book is great.

Which brings me to the third joy: “Leaving Church,” by Barbara Brown Taylor. Clergy friends, if you don’t have it yet, get a copy. And then let’s all talk about it.

Fourth, we are planning what I hope will be a wonderful and exciting trip to England and Scotland in August. I spent time today booking accomodations. It’s beginning to feel real! #1 Son will be performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and we will have a chance to see him in the play, meet Kathryn and, I hope, Sally, and visit some places I have always wanted to see but did not on my other trips to the U.K.

Fifthly, #2 Son received some exciting news. Remember the day his clarinet failed him? I guess his sang froid impressed Dr. Conductor, and his playing must have, too. When the letter came confirming his place in City By the Sea Youth Wind Ensemble, it also announced that he had been chosen as a member of City By the Sea Youth Symphony Orchestra. We had to read the letter about four times to believe it. Only two clarinets from CBtSYWE are chosen for CBtSYSO, the principal and the first runner-up (whatever that may be called). To go from being the 4th chair 2nd Clarinet to a 1st Clarinet is hugely exciting for #2 Son!! Also a little scary.

And finally, tomorrow is a big day at Small Church. Two women who have just begun a ministry to the homeless in City By the Sea are coming to preach and talk to us about becoming their sponsoring church. It has been my prayer that Small Church might find some further local outreach that people would really feel called to support, lots of people and not just the usual few. Nine lay leaders met with the two women recently and all felt the tingle and the pull that I had felt upon first meeting them. Now we’ll see how the rest of the church feels!

I, meanwhile, will be covering for Rev Fun and preaching in the afternoon for his folks. My sermon is written and my Power Point prepared, so I will not need to participate in the Saturday Night Preacher’s Club this week. Phew!

I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory
I can’t live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I’ll laugh and I’ll cry and I’ll sing.

19 thoughts on “Today”

  1. I have a copy of “Cold Blood” that my uncle got from a yard sale in Kansas. It had tons of clippings about the murders in it. Great book, and a great movie from the 60’s. “Capote” was one of my favorite movies last year too. My favorite “In Cold Blood” story is from my friend Rosemary. She was the youngest of 5. Her next sibling is 8 years older than she is. One summer her mother did read aloud of “In Cold Blood” every afternoon to all the teenagers. They all thought Rosemary was napping. She would lay silently and listen to it. She was 6. We always tease that it scarred her for life.

  2. Thanks for highly recommending BBT’s latest book. I will order it. I have been reading your blog for months and it brightens my day to log on and read the latest. How long have you been ordained? I am a Minnesotan but served for awhile in New England – I started a Lutheran congregation in Sturgridge, Mass. Loved living in New England. Thanks for your blog and the inspiration you provide!

  3. Lisa V, what a terrible story!
    Mary, hi! I was ordained in October of 2002 after taking 100 years to go to seminary (okay, it was really 8, but it felt like 100). How about you?

  4. I read BBT’s latest offering on the plane home from Atlanta. Man, what a way with word pictures she has!
    Congrats to #2 Son, what an accomplishment!
    I’m hoping to see PHC movie tomorrow.
    For only about the third time in two years, I AM a member of the Saturday Evening Preacher’s Club. I’m almost done, though.

  5. I ordered my copy of BBT’s latest from Amazon last week. I am holding it for my trip to Montreat next week, but it’s about to kill me to not pick it up and devour it immediately. I look forward to joining the discussion once I’m finished!

  6. Sounds like an incredible Sunday is in store for you, as well as the coming days! How fun to take such a great trip!
    Rain – oh, how we wish we had more! Perhaps one day there will be a water pipeline that takes rain from the “too much” areas and sends it to the “too little” ones. Here, we’ve been under a burn ban (extreme fire danger) for oh, so many months, and everything is dry, dry, dry.
    Have a great week!

  7. Congratulations to sons 1&2! Years ago my brother performed at the Edinburgh Fringe while in college–did a one man show he wrote and performed. You’ll have a great time.
    As to BBT–I finished the book and look forward to the discussion. She is an evocative writer, but I had a lot of questions about her “memoir” and would love to read what those of you who are RevGals think about it.

  8. I loved this post. Blessings and have fun in the UK 🙂 envious of your meeting Sally and Kathryn but … laughing … we’ll meet when the time is right, I’m sure!

  9. Hooray for clarinet success!!!
    And thanks for posting those song lyrics: I was just thinking last night that it was one of my favorite girl scout campfire song memories.

  10. Mercy, I hadn’t heard that song since #1-Stepfather and Mom were still semi-cordually married. In my head I hear the New Christy Minstrels, although Google says John Denver and Jefferson Airplane got in on the act, too.

  11. It was a camp song for me, at Camp Allegheny in West Virginia. In my mind I smell the campfire and hear the sweet girlish voices singing in harmony. I hope I’m not making that up, because it sounds really nice, doesn’t it?

  12. I read BBT’s new book this past week, after hearing her speak on it at National Cathedral here in Washington. How can anyone write so beautifully and be that tall and thin and lovely? Life isn’t fair. Interesting book and interesting woman. Let’s all read it and discuss.
    Major congrats to #2 Son! A young man of great gifts!
    PH and I went to see “Prairie Home Companion” Saturday night (our way of celebrating selling our house). Lovely quirky movie. I thought Lindsey Lohan and her addition into the movie didn’t make much sense, but I adored Dusty and Lefty. Of course, Kevin Kline is my movie-star boyfriend, so…
    I’ve been a bad knitter – haven’t done anything for a few weeks. I should get back into gear now that the stress of the home sale is behind me.

  13. what a lovely collection of news…and now that your travel plans are there on the blog I can stop pinching myself to be sure I’m not dreaming. Roll on mid August!

Leave a Reply