Minnesota Preacher Woman

Friday, July 28, 2006

Hot hot hot Friday Five

Hot hot hot Friday Five

As a heatwave span the globe, the Revgalblogpal Friday Five (as compiled by reverendmother) is about heat.

1. What's the high temperature today where you are? The forecast today is for a high temp of 98 degrees.

2. Favorite way(s) to beat the heat. Air conditioning tops my list! Today is a day-off for me so I’m taking the kids and heading to the nearest lake. I’m sure a cold popscicle will also be in order, as well!

3. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Evaluate this statement. After living several summers in southern Utah (Zion Natl Park) which is very hot but also dry, I would say that the statement “it’s not the heat, but the humidity” is most certainly true. Shade works in dry heat but not in high humidity. Pure hell is a day with excessive heat and excessive humidity.

4. Discuss one or more of the following: sauna, hot tub, sweat lodge, warm-stone massage. Thinking of any of these on a day like today is near-torture. Amazingly, even the warm-stone massage doesn’t sound appealing! Can't think of any of them until winter arrives!

5. Hottest you've ever been in your life. I was on a three-day backpacking trip in Zion National Park and we ran out of water – yes, we were rookie hikers. So most of the third day we were parched, which made the heat take a terrible toll on our bodies. We pushed forward because we knew that the last half of the day was on a well-traveled trail and we begged for water whenever we saw another group of hikers. That experience is the most I’ve ever suffered in the heat…

Non-temperature related bonus: In your opinion... who's hot? Ooooh, where to begin? The first thing that came to my mind was that Richard Gere in “Shall We Dance” was hot.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Friday Five - Happy Anniversary!

The Friday Five: Happy Anniversary!
In honor of the First Anniversary of the RevGalBlogPals, Songbird has compiled the following Friday Five:

1) What is your first memory of the RevGalBlogPals? It was early in November of 2005 and I got on the computer to explore the world of blogs – for the first time. I “googled” to see if anyone might possibly have a blog about being a woman pastor. Was I surprised to find not just one blog but a whole circle of women. In the days that followed I read many of the different blogs and suddenly felt like my world was richer and my days were brighter – there were women sharing common experiences, inspiring me with their wit and their wisdom and opening up my world with insights from women of different denominations. I didn’t start a blog until after the Festival of Homiletics. I’ve been to several Festivals but missed this year – I read several posts during and after the Festival and felt bad because I would have loved to have met you as you gathered there. In some ways I feel like a silent partner of the community because I don’t take the time to update my own blog very often. Yet, I visit several RevGal blogs on a daily basis and want to become more active in the community.

2) Have you met any of the other ring members in real life? None, that I know of!

3) Of those you haven't met, name a few you would love to know in person. I would love to meet the matriarchs…Songbird, St. Casserole, Preacher Mom, Reverend Mommy and Jan E.

4) What has Ring Membership added to your life? I elaborated on that in an earlier question…it has been a tremendously positive experience. Humor, joy and insight is added to each day by visiting the various blogs.

5) Describe a hope for the future of the WebRing. It will be interesting and exciting to see how the community continues to develop as the numbers grow.

I would love to have a gathering, as has been suggested. If the blog can be as enriching as it is, gathering together would be that much and more.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Summer Joys

Vacation is refreshing! We enjoyed a wonderful time in northern Minnesota. Eldest child (Handful and Heartful Son) learned how to water ski! It didn't come easy - he didn't even get up on the first day he tried. I loved watching him try and was impressed at his persistence. So much in life has come easy for him - so it was a relief to see him not give up when he wasn't an expert in his first day. What a joyful look on his face when he finally got up on his skis.

I read Barbara Brown Taylor's "Leaving the Church" during vacation. I actually read it twice, underlining sections the second time through. I was impressed by BBT's candor - it seems to have been a therapeutic project for her.

Now I'm ready to read a book about the original "Vicar of Dibley" that was recommended by another sister in the RevGalBlogPals. Really looking forward to reading Joy Wallis' autobiography - wondering if there are a lot of similarities between herself and Geraldine Granger.

Another summer joy is both my kids are calling for some snuggle time - so the computer and the blog will have to be done for now...