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16 March 2012 @ 07:11 pm
Be Still  

"These are the transitional times when I am not what I was nor am yet what I am becoming. In limbo times, I must live with alert attention to my feelings of vulnerability. I must guard against hasty choices and rushed decisions. In limbo times, I must learn to simply be. Soon enough, life will move me onward. Today I practice the action of loving non-action. I allow my life to alter organically and without unnatural haste. I trust the tempo of my unfolding."

                                                                                                                                                -- Julia Cameron

For Lent this year, I decided to give up asking the Big Questions. One would think this would be pretty manageable for forty days, and it might possibly silence the infernal buzz of the jackhammer in my head. Things have quieted down, but "easy"? Not on your life. This is a practice more well suited to a spiritual ninja, than a big Irish weenie like myself. Not asking the Big Questions at this very odd juncture in my life is worse than watching the Starbuck's lady put whole milk in my soy latte and discovering that I'm temporarily mute and can't make her stop. It's worse than finding out that Rachel Maddow has inexplicably fallen for Mitt Romney and they've run off together. It's even worse than finding out dark chocolate whoppers cause varicose veins and a tendency to drool.

Next year, I'm giving up Adam Sandler movies for Lent. And decaf and sardines.


Pssst! WriterJenn-- Anne Lamott's new book is all yours! :- ) Congrats. Will you email me your mailing address via my website?

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(Anonymous) on March 18th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Book Club - Carrie Bree

This is from your neighbor Carrie Bree. I loaned your book "The Kid Who.....in California" to a member of my book club. She so loved it and read it in one day. She would now like to use it for the Book Club meeting at her house in May on the 16th. She (and I) would LOVE it if you could attend our Book Club meeting....from 1-3 pm on that day. However, if that doesn't work, give us a day (or days) when it could work, and we will make it happen when it works for you. I, too, loved the book. Please get back to me, when you can. My friend, Dot Kelley, said to tell you she would be honored if you can do it....me too!

Your friend and neighbor,
maryhershey on March 19th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Book Club - Carrie Bree
Hi, Carrie! Great to hear from you. I've missed seeing you as of late. And I'm so happy to hear that your friend enjoyed my book. I'd love to come to your Book Club meeting. Will you email me at my website www.maryhershey.com and we can talk more about dates?

(Anonymous) on March 21st, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Book Club - Carrie Bree

It was great to hear from you, and we're excited that you will visit our Book Club. For whatever reason I'm not able to email you at the address you gave me. Shall I send you my email....or do you have it?

Thanks so much,
(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
You did pick a hard one this Lent, Mary! I know, because although I haven't given it up for Lent, I've been trying not to ask some big questions lately, too. Specifically, I've been trying not to ask, "Why?" I know I shouldn't ask, but some things that happen in life just don't seem necessary. I guess that's where faith and grace come in, huh?

Sending you love,

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