Archive for November, 2007

Weirdbird’s wishlist

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’ve been wanting to start a wishlist somewhere other than Amazon – because I have deep ambivalences about Amazon, and because many things I want are not actually available via Amazon. I checked out some wishlist sites but none of them grabbed me – either they had advertising on them, or you had to register to view my list, or their graphics were tacky, etc. There probably is a good one out there; I just ran out of steam before I found it.

This morning it dawned on me that I could just post my wishlist on my blog. (more…)


Friday, November 30th, 2007

I got to go thrifting this morning. Without my son. I managed this by the simple expedient of buying a couple extra hours of childcare from E, one of our childcare folks. Poor E, she seemed quite envious of my toddler-free expedition; I offered to take her toddler for a couple hours sometime so she can see what it feels like, too. (I used to thrift with Zag, but it was always a dicey proposition, and then the Goodwills stopped carrying toys because of all the recalls, and now there’s simply no way.) (more…)

Oats, peas, beans, and barley butt

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Zag is two and a half today! Hooray! We had watermelon for dessert, to celebrate. The child has passed another linguistic milestone, we think – talking not just in short sentences but sometimes in paragraphs, chattering away about things to himself or to us. Long, complex thoughts come spilling out of him. When we get new books from the library, he memorizes them instantly and recites them to himself. So many words, so many words inside that little person. (more…)

Sermon for November 26: Sarah Grimke

Monday, November 26th, 2007


I’m preaching this evening at the EDS Chapel. I haven’t wanted to post this ahead of time, because I didn’t really  have enough time/energy to change it if anyone made pithy comments that I wished I’d integrated. Now if people make pithy comments, I can just be sorry I didn’t include them, and try to do so next time I preach on Sarah Grimke… ? (more…)


Saturday, November 24th, 2007


This project has been sitting on my desk for weeks. I wanted to try making some zakka – a Japanese term which seems to mean “small cute things made out of felt.” I like them pretty well. Not sure what they’ll be yet – pins? …

We celebrate Buy Nothing Day here at the Weirdbird, Tilt, and Zag household (though we had to make a grocery run on Friday this year…), but the slight breather I usually get around Thanksgiving is a good time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. I’ve been rediscovering some favorite shopping sites, browsing for interesting things that make me think of people I love, and favorite craft sites, browsing for projects to inspire me. (more…)

Apologies and allies

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Friends, Weirdbird has to come clean. She hurt some folks’ feelings, and she hates that. Children at Worship came across my earlier post and heard my thoughts on their workshop as an attack on their work. They were, reasonably enough, hurt that I didn’t address them directly with my thoughts. We’ve talked it through now and, I think, arrived at the understanding that we’re all ultimately struggling with the same frustration at how hard it can be to move things (both figuratively and literally) in the church. (more…)

Talking with my son

Monday, November 19th, 2007


Out walking this morning, I was admiring my son in his bright winter gear. I told him, “You’re such a cutie. I’m a sucker for you.”

He said, “You have a sucker for me?”

I said, “No, no, I am a sucker for you.”

He said, “You – you are my mama!”

Glad we got that straightened out.

When he first got up this morning and we went in the bathroom to use our respective potties, I opened the shades to let in some morning light. Zag looked out and said, “I see birds! I see birds talking about the sky!”

Too bad my blog already has a title…

Quoted –

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Gretchen Pritchard, one of the best children’s Christian educators in the Episcopal Church, has quoted my post on Zag doing Communion in a recent editorial. Check it out here – not because she quotes me, you’ve read that before, but because what she has to say is worth reading for those of us with an interest (theoretical or applied) in children’s spirituality. I really want to make the fifth paragraph of this essay into a Eucharistic prayer someday…

If the Church sees fit to ordain me and I actually get a job somewhere, I want to use Gretchen’s Sunday Papers and Dave Walker’s stuff. My church will have lots of cartoons in it.

Why I’m not blogging

Friday, November 16th, 2007

It’s not so much that I don’t have time to write. I could probably squeeze in a half-hour to type in a post now and then. It’s that I’m too busy to follow any ideas through to the point where they become a complete, bloggable thought. Maybe posting what I did yesterday would give y’all an idea? Thursday is my busiest day, and this was an unusually busy one, so it’s not quite a fair portrait of my life…. but it still seems representative, somehow. (more…)

A lot of girls never do get tea sets.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

My poor neglected blog. Seems like I ought to have something to write about… how about Frances? I’ve been meaning for a while to blog about the book A Bargain for Frances, one of the classic children’s books about Frances, the little girl badger, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban. Now, I usually try to steer clear of broad generalizations about gender, but I keep thinking Lillian must have advised Russell heavily on this particular book, because it portrays a particular type of manipulative little girl just perfectly, and I don’t think most little boys do this stuff. Do they? (more…)