Wednesday, August 5
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We Are All Made of Stories

We Are All Made of Stories

inspiration
We are made of so many things. We're made of water. We're made of stardust. We can't see the individual atoms, but we are made of one thing that can be seen and heard as God-inspired. We're made of stories. Our faith is based on the stories we've read and heard over the years, and we have placed our hearts and lives in those stories. We believe in stories. We believe in something greater than ourselves. We believe in the Greatest Story of All. One of the first stories I remember is, "Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. We are weak, but He is strong." This is the story I believe when I can't believe anything else.
Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality, story
I finally thought of an appropriate name for Tuesdays. It is Testimony Tuesdays! A time to share stories or really whatever is moving. Testimony has evolved from the Latin root of "witness" to its current meaning of presenting truth. And yet we know that it doesn't present truth in any form as we watch youtube videos extolling the virtues of some obscure vinegar purge or testimonies attesting to the rightness of whiteness *yuck.* Testimony has lost its virtue. As I type that, I wonder why even use the name above and beyond alliteration? Maybe it is time to reclaim it? To approach TRUTH with a lower-case "t" rather than to bring it trying to proclaim truth for all. In my tradition, witness was the testimony regarding spiritual matters. Well, we are all about spirit here! So, test...
The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

The Miss Reingold Era, a reminder of the narrowness of times gone by

history, memoir, racism
"I remember running from store to store, grabbing as many ballots as I could. In the neighborhood there sure wasn't talk about the election for mayor or governor ... but when it came to the Miss Rheingold Contest, everybody was involved. The talk was all about it. Everybody talked about it ... and everybody voted." John Corrado, resident of East Harlem, New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. As quoted by Will Anderson in his book, From Beer to Eternity Originally published in Brooklyn. Times have changed, and therein lies a joy. Let's hope we don't go back to the narrowness of these days. Resist. The voting every year for Miss Rheingold was a huge event in Brooklyn ... in all the five boroughs in fact. It is said that more people voted for Miss Rheingold than any elections ot...