Tag: Hospitality

Gratitude For Madras and Seeing the 2017 Eclipse With My Dad

Gratitude For Madras and Seeing the 2017 Eclipse With My Dad

Gratitude, mindfulness, Photography
It's been a momentous week! The first total eclipse within driving distance from me in my lifetime. A year ago my Dad called me to ask if I wanted to road-trip with him down to Oregon to see it in totality. I was excited about the idea. So after a whole year of planning, we drove down last Sunday through Portland to Madras. I am so grateful for the community of Madras, OR! They didn't ask for 100,000 people to descend upon them all at once to see this astrological event but they took on the hospitality of the situation completely. Everyone was helping. From the teens directing traffic to the local medical community taking shifts on a mobile med unit. Local mechanics were available to jump cars and provide roadside assistance and The National Guard helped to keep traffic moving in the ri...
Daily Practice for July 2

Daily Practice for July 2

Word: Kaplah! That is the Klingon word for Success! or Eureka! I use it not because I have had an epiphany or success of sorts but because one of my friend's spouse knows Klingon and it is the only Klingon word I have memorized. And so, Kaplah, Matt! Last week, at our United Methodist Annual Conference, we had a person who needed an ASL interpreter. The conference coordinators set up screens that did auto-interpreting (software that automatically generates words being said) and had one interpreter accompanying this beloved soul all weekend long. Props to that interpreter. That is intense. Sunday, during my ordination, I noticed that the ordinands were all lined up in front of the screens and that the interpreter was nowhere to be seen. I got to see the screen first hand. It was h