Archive for April, 2008

Hair bling

Friday, April 25th, 2008


While in NC, at some point when I had an hour to kill, I stopped in at a Saks Off Fifth store just to look at the hair accessories. (more…)


Friday, April 25th, 2008

Apologies for the radio silence, but it’s been quite a week. Friday a week ago I spent rushing to get all necessary paperwork into the hands of my diocesan Standing Committee. Saturday a friend was ordained here at Hogwarts. Sunday I preached twice in the morning at my Massachusetts church, then flew down to North Carolina and preached at my sponsoring congregation, which conveniently meets on Sunday evenings (a terrific idea, IMHO). Then I met with my Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee on Monday, and then flew home again. It was a great trip, actually – saw lots of good friends at my old church, which just keeps getting cooler; and I got to see my friend E and her son, who has crossed that mysterious baby-to-kid line… and the diocesan committees were pleased with me, so I’ll be ordained to the transitional diaconate in June.  Yay!

Zag had deeply ambivalent feelings about our friend V’s ordination. He’s very fond of V. When we got to the part of the service where the priests all gather around to lay hands on her, I snuck up close with him so we could watch, but he started saying repeatedly, “I don’t like V to be a priest! I don’t like V to be a priest!” Then he burst into noisy tears, so I whisked him out of the church and off to someplace where we could talk. He told me again, through his tears, “I don’t like V to be a priest!” I asked him what priests do. He said, “They talk in microphones!” … which is funny, of course, but I think was his way of saying that they’re set apart from everybody else. They wear funny clothes and don’t get to sit with their families. Obviously, Zag and I need to start talking this over. He cheered up about V after getting to hug her a couple of times and see that she’s still the same V, but it might take a little more processing when it’s Zag’s own Mama….

Pop quiz

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

While playing in the sandbox this afternoon, Zag asked me,

“Are you mad because some enemies killed Jesus?”

If this were a GOE “Coffee Hour Question” (a genre that had died out by the time I took the GOEs in January), you’d get 50 words to answer this…  and, in light of this audience, no fancy theological terms, please.

Anyone want to take a stab?  :-)

Pics and zingers

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008


No updates on the Job Project, but I did finally upload some pictures to our Smugmug site, after a 2 1/2 month hiatus. Check them out. (If anyone doesn’t know that address and would like to, email me. I don’t link it here because it uses our Real Names. Gasp.)

Busy, busy, busy. But it’s time to write a quick post and jot down a few great things Zag has said lately. When I’m too busy to have complete thoughts – let alone type out complete thoughts for my blog – at least I try to record a few of the great things my son is doing, because this (and my spousal blog Always Another Windmill) is pretty much the only place such things are recorded. This is the baby book, ladies and gentlemen. So you’ll have to indulge us a little. (more…)

Community Eucharist

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

It’s a good day. My evening class is cancelled, CPE is over, and a parish I like is maybe interested in hiring me. No official news yet, don’t ask! but it feels good to have one serious possibility. I keep hoping to hear more from another parish/rector that I also like, and trying to resist doing that kind of “why haven’t they called” overthinking – maybe there’s been some kind of freak storm? maybe tonsillitis? maybe their email server has been down… for a week and a half? Instead I remind myself that things move slowly sometimes in churches, and try to be patient. There’s quite enough to think about in the here and now, really.

We went to the campus Community Eucharist yesterday evening – our whole family somehow managed to get out of the house and into the chapel, amazing. (more…)

That’s the Episcopal Church for you.

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Our church, St. James Porter Square, uses a wonderful African-inspired sung version  of the Lord’s Prayer that ends (unsurprisingly), “Forever and ever, Amen.”

Today while dawdling over the last of his dinner, Zag started singing it: “Whatever, whatever, Amen.”

In other news, the job search continues. I have leads but no news. Will keep you posted.