my new blog – I think


Folks: Today I began my new religion blog at the Washington Times. You can access it through this URL: http://video1.washingtontimes.com/beliefblog/ but usually you can find it on the blogs list on our “front” page on the Washington Times site. There seems to be some technical probs getting it up, plus it was supposed to be on the main page for the first week, at least. So use that URL until you hear differently! Am also posting one of my new “mug shots” for the blog.
Last night, Veeka and I lit the first Advent candle on the wreath with Stephanie as a guest at our dinner table. And Veeka, who sometimes has a tough time taking on new words, took all of five minutes to learn how to say “cookie,” especially after I baked her a batch yesterday.
That was during one of her more angelic moments. These days she’s very Two: knocking down the baby gate, rifling through my purse and tossing my cell phone down the steps. She’s hidden one of her library books and some lipstick she found in my purse. And at 4 a.m. today, I was awakened by a little tousled head, that, like a submarine periscope, slowly rose from beside my bed to hover above my sleeping form. My disgusted cats jumped off and she, of course, climbed in.

6 thoughts on “my new blog – I think

  1. Libby Boatwright

    Hi Julia
    Loved Quitting Church. Especially enjoyed the secton on the loneliest number and totally resonate with that chapter. As a single parent for nearly seven years we had to create our own fellowship to feel real. Now in a blended family, I feel thankful that the pastor managed to get so many people put together. Not a Yente, but close.

    Bye the bye–is the brother called Steve, our Steve Duin of the Oregonian? I read his column faithfully.

    Blessings and congrats on a great book
    Rev.Libby Boatwright
    Assoc. Pastor
    Lake Grove Presbyterian Church
    Lake Oswego, Oregon,

  2. m.j.kaas

    Julia
    I recently picked up your book QUITTING CHURCH. For several years I've been bothered by what may be called a concern that the Church may have some problems.Being as all congregants have problems, it only makes sense that the church would share them. I recall a quote from CS Lewis something to the effect of "Consider me a fellow patient who has been in the hospital longer and may have some advice to share." If one goes to the doctor and does not share the symptoms he is experiencing, how can the doctor help? Well, it seems to me that we find in the Church, not only our own tendency to hide our less righteous side but also the Church's apparent desire to keep the whole process as clean and non-problematic as possible. Questions and expressed doubts can quickly make one somewhat of an outcast. I don't see the role of the Church to be molding a member, but more that of providing a workshop that can inspire the possibility of looking at things differently and thus change thought processes and actions. The teacher must be able to consider a question from the intellectual and spiritual level of the asker. Thanks for all your work put forth in researching and writing the book. I'll be passing my copy along to the pastoral staff if they have not read it already. Mike Kaas Pottstown, PA.

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