Are You a Creator of Order or Chaos?

Right now we are living in the midst of chaos, with our possessions scattered hither and yon, whether downstairs or upstairs or out on the porch or driveway. And that doesn’t even include the main stuff in the pods, which will arrive this afternoon.

I have such a struggle with neatness! That’s why I so need structures—drawer dividers, shelving, cabinets, etc. When left to myself I end up strewing my things all over the place. I have no inborn sense of order and neatness.

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Moving Day Drama

Sunday evening, May 21: Here I sit on the stairs of our soon-not-to-be-ours house, and I’m so tired that this is the only thing I can do. It’s too early to go to bed, I don’t have any books I want to read, and there’s no TV. And pretty much no internet, although once in awhile I can get a faint waft of Xfinity wifi. So I’m writing a post! Aren’t you flattered!

What a day! And we’re still not done with the packing up and moving, but I think we’re going to be able to walk into closing tomorrow and hand over the keys. There was a point today around 6:30 when I took a look around at all the stuff that still needed to be moved and thought, “We aren’t going to make it.” And then my phone rang, and it was Jim. “Guess who just called me? Jet Movers!” We had decided that we were going to have to hire some movers for the biggest stuff, as we had a wonderful crew but of the guys present we had 

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In Which I Take Ownership of My Chorale Cooking

The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church by Margaret Visser, originally published in 2001, now available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle versions. Link is to Amazon page.

In this book, the historian and anthropologist Margaret Visser takes the reader through a Roman church, Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura), exhaustively describing the architecture, history and current activities centered on this ancient structure. Sound boring? Oh believe me, it’s not. It is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read, and I’m so sorry that we didn’t visit this church when we went to Europe back in 1993. We’ll do so someday! I had read the book many years ago (it came out in 2001) and then again in 2013 when we went on our big driving trip to LA. 

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A Great Concert, but Life Moves On!

Whew! What a week! Posts on this blog have been pretty sparse, and I didn’t get my newsletter out on Monday. So I plan to write something today and tomorrow and send the newsletter out then. Events are flying past at the speed of light. I’ll have pics and posts about our move into the new space, and I have a great book to recommend this week that will be up tomorrow.

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Preparation Fuels Participation.

Wow, what a week. I realized yesterday that I hadn’t written any posts since sending out my newsletter on Monday. Although one finish line (the end of the BSF year) had passed, this was concert week, with performances last night and tonight. Thursday afternoon and basically all day Friday were consumed with making food for the reception last night; Tuesday and Thursday night were rehearsals, and then I rushed to get to the venue yesterday in time to set up my cupcake stands and put out my food.

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Is Empathy Really a Good Thing?

Recently I picked up a book at the library called Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Yale psychologist Pual Bloom. Hmmm, I thought, This is pretty iconoclastic. Everybody seems unequivocally for empathy. This was one of my stuck-at-the-library times when the house was being shown, as I recall, so I sat down to see if it was worth checking out, fairly quickly deciding that it was one of those books that lays out the whole argument in the introduction and then uses the rest of the book to give different example or aspects of that central truth.

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The Strangeness of the Finish Line.

I wrote yesterday about passing the milestone of my last BSF class for the year and that I now need to be sure I have a new goal to fill the time left empty by the completion of that stretch. A memory from grad school came to mind as I re-read the post. A fellow speech grad student had her masters speech recital, straining every nerve, as one does, to get the performance ready and then, well, perform it. She did a good job (although for the life of me I can’t remember what her material was) and then she had a real struggle with depression once it was over.

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One Milestone Passed

So today was the last regular class for Bible Study Fellowship, and we sat around in our circle and discussed the Gospel of John for the last time. I have always loved the final chapter of John, when Jesus appears to His disciples as they’ve been out fishing, tells them where to cast their nets, and invites them to come eat, cooking fish over the fire He’s built on the beach. I’ve just looked up the Sea of Tiberias and found the lovely painting pictured here by the French painter James Tissot. (By the way, I’d always assumed that the fish that ended up getting grilled was one of those caught by the disciples, but the wording of the actual text makes clear that Jesus had brought it along: “ When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.” [John 21:9 NIV]}

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Our House’s Last Hurrah.

I don’t have pictures of this event, as I felt it would be a little invasive to use the people involved as part of a public post, but this is a picture of our house. Let me tell you what went on here yesterday, because it was a very fitting final occasion. With a closing date looming just three weeks away, I don’t think we’ll be hosting any more parties here. (We hope to have our first party at the new place on Memorial Day.)

So . . . I’ll try to keep the background story as short as possible, but it’s quite remarkable and deserves some space.

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