Excuuuuuuse Me!

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I don’t know if I like today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. I do like the way Leigh and our other prompters build up to announcing the prompt creating  anticipation about what this weeks prompt will be. I sort of look forward to it all week and imagine a drum roll right before I read the prompt itself.

When played with the sound of the word, excuse, I remembered one of my favorite comedians: Steve Martin. So, I just had to look him up on YouTube. Watching the following video reminded me of why I had such a crush on him in the late seventies. This first clip doesn’t have a lot of the silliness and cuteness I love about this “wild and crazy guy,” but it does contain his famous “Excuse Me” line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szRQurfpJPw&list=PLl8IMiukFniWQ44-ae0mdK4wnOCvtPq-h

The banjo clip isn’t the funniest one, though it might be first in a series of clips of Steve saying “excuse me.” If there’s anything offensive in this video, well EXCUUUUSE ME!

Next time I make a tiny mistake or worry about someone judging me, I’ll use Steve Martin’s excuuuuuuse me line.  But there’s a 99% chance I’ll really just say it in my head, not out loud, because I have this thing where I rarely show anger. Excuse me for being too nice for my own damn good. It will still make me feel better to think about Steve Martin.

Hey, I really like this prompt after all. Excuse me for saying I wasn’t so sure in the beginning. That’s the power of Stream of Consciousness.

If you’d like to join in the fun of SoC Saturday, check this out:

http://lindaghill.com/2014/12/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-december-1914/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Coexist with Love

Hearts in Hand

Both of my kids are in their twenties. I worry about the spiritual paths they now choose. I did my best to be a good mom. I took them to a church where they were loved and nurtured. Should I have been less open-minded, and more strict when they were teenagers?

It helps to remember what a rebellious agnostic I was in my twenties.

I was totally turned off by the Christian TV evangelicals of the 1970’s. I used to have nightmares about them hunting me down and taking me to a compound where I had to play along whilst planning my escape.

So, I’ve tried hard not to be like those scary Christians. I want to be a bridge, not a barrier. I respect the beliefs of others, as long as they don’t hurt anybody.

That respect comes, in part, from a poem I discovered in my searching youth about a group of blind men and an elephant, by John Godfrey Saxe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Pknme2ahwA

Each blind man experienced the same elephant in a different way. This poem shaped my philosophy about religion. It’s what I offer to people who are steadfast that their way is the only way or prone to unproductive arguments. I find it helpful for those who need acceptance as they search for their truth.

I find God through Jesus. I love Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who loves us all. I also find God in nature, when I marvel at the beauty of a full moon, the vastness of the ocean or the magnificence of a forest. Saint Francis of Assisi helped bridge my love of nature with my love of Jesus.

I want to be a bridge, respecting the rights of others to choose their own paths.

(This is a lot easier with someone who is not my offspring.)

I want people to know that there is such a thing as an open-minded Christian, and I’m not the only one.

When we condemn,  judge, and criticize, we are likely to become barriers.

When we love, accept, and respect, we can each become a bridge.

The song, “They’ll Know we are Christians by our Love” came to me as a teenager when my second  boyfriend took me to and Episcopal youth group where they sang it as their closing. The memory of this song survived my period of rebellious agnosticism, like a seed planted in hardening soil. When I heard it again in my early thirties, at a church where love and acceptance softened my fear of judgment, I knew I was in the right place. A place to grow.

Below is a version of the song dedicated to Saint Kateri Tekawitha, “The Lily of the Mohawks”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kateri_Tekakwitha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoENAD7OCiI

My kids have agreed, without begging or overt bribery, to come to church with me on Christmas Eve. (After all, I did Christmas church for my parents in my twenties.) When they come, they will find love waiting there for them. Who knows what seeds may grow.

Back to Better Health

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Our stream of consciousness post today, from Linda Hill’s substitute teacher, Pavowski, is the word: “back.”

As I sit here, it’s hard to ignore my back, which coincidentally has a sore muscle. I have no idea why, but every now and then, there’s a muscle that starts to ache, lately on one side or the other, then it turns into little spasms. Not incapacitating, but quite distracting, and limiting my ability to turn and look behind me when I’m driving and want to back up or change lanes.

Thankfully these mysterious aches always go away in a few days with those heat rubs and a little TLC and maybe some ibuprofen. Yesterday I used a herbal patch that helped a lot, but the annoying ache is back again this morning.

I write this on Friday so I can post Saturday morning. No that’s not cheating!  It’s okay to do your homework the day before its due.  It just so happens that today, 12/12, is my birthday. So with my back and my birthday, I’m going back to my annual tradition of a birthday massage. Because I deserve it!

I wonder if my back is doing this every couple of months because I’m not in the best shape. I used to due -I’m leaving this typo because I’m due for some- yoga regularly and have gained at least ten pounds since getting married two years ago. And there is that age thing creeping steadily up now as close to 60 as it could be without being there. One more year of not being 60. I’m okay with the  number. Just being silly. I do have to get back to taking better care of myself. It seems that as our bodies age, we have to work harder at taking care of our health.

So, back to stretching and yoga and mindful eating. EVERY DAY.

…..and loving my body with kind words instead of irritated complaints.

Starting NOW!

If you’d like to join the Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt response, go here:

http://lindaghill.com/2014/12/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-december-1214/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

573. Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. ~Vera Nazarian

JoAnne Silvia:

Delightful post from Sacred Touches:

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

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Deep in the ground
Far beneath my feet

My mother’s lifetime ago
A seed, a root, a tree began to grow.

Buried in the soil
It once lay alone,

Till the seeds, the root, the tree began to show.
Deep in the ground

Far beneath my feet.
A root became a tree.

~Caitlynn Rose

Every tree in the forest has a story to tell. ~Israelmore Ayivor

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Life rises in the roots, and leaves. ~John Piller

It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters. ~Ezekiel 31:7   ✝

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Set Your Intention… Go with the Flow

JoAnne Silvia:

Watch for little miracles!

Originally posted on Loving Me, Too:

Creek Currents

Have you ever found yourself drawn to a place?

This past weekend, I was drawn into the funky little art and antique district one block from my church.

Castle Street Mural

A friend messaged me about an open house in the art district with Christmas carols and a Christmas Tree Lighting scheduled for Sunday evening. When I emailed the lady in charge to find out if our choir might join in the caroling, she excitedly wrote that her carolers had cancelled and asked if our church could provide carolers.

Perfect Timing strikes again!

Since I love to sing, especially in small informal groups, I sent out messages asking people to come caroling with me Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, there was supposed to be a yoga class in this same art and antique district on Saturday morning at 11. I like to sleep late on Saturdays, so 11 am  was perfect for me. I’d seen…

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Awesome Stories 200

Awesome Stories 200

JoAnne Silvia:

Spreading positive energy from Brad with this re-blog. Enjoy!

Originally posted on writing to freedom:

This is the 100th week of Awesome Stories!

They were initially called Good News, but I changed the name to be more inclusive. Thanks for your continued support and readership! I hope these stories inspire you to live richer, fuller lives, especially as we move into the holidays and new year. This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, real leadership, inspired singing, empowered land use, innovation and magic photos.

Kindness Boomerangs

This video brings me to tears every time. I love the video for showing how much simple acts of kindness can impact us and spread waves of good throughout our day or community. Please consider starting your own kindness boomerang!

Local Food Takes Over Bostonlocal food, Boston, Awesome Stories

Boston is home to a number of innovative approaches to creating a local food economy. We have started on a similar path here in Fayetteville Arkansas with various food sharing programs. Residents of Boston’s…

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