Blame it on the sunshine, or blame it on Manic March. But I showed up a day early for a funeral this weekend and a day early for a writing workshop today. When I told my dog walking pal she said, "Better early than late." I also almost missed a borough meeting last night because my garage door was frozen shut. Luckily my son-in-law was home and gave me a ride. (Chip is away. I have been on a self-guided writing retreat. At home.)
"Belief isn't always easy.
But this much I have learned-
if not enough else-
to live with my eyes open-- " From Mary Oliver's poem, "In the Storm"
What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours.
"You shall love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart."- W.H. Auden
My favorite lessons are from Matthew's gospel. Blessed are the meek, blessed are the peacemakers, and let your shine in the darkness, pray in private, don't act all holy and good, and the big one: love your neighbor as yourself. "Neighbor" meaning everyone, basically. Even the jerks. And that is the tricky, and yet most crucial part of being a Christian, isn't it? Which is why I love this verse about my crooked heart, from my fellow Episcopalian, poet W.H. Auden.
It was nice to see the 'Find the Good' headline in the Empire today, following your speech. It's a great way to walk in this world.
So , I went to Hawaii and learned to surf. Sort of. Not on a board in the ocean like my son the real surfer does, but in my head. I'm still a beginner, but it's a start at least.
I decided not to work at all- that is write-- which some people don't think is work anyway-- and to be honest, it isn't, in the same way digging a ditch is, or being an ER nurse, or a teacher.
I'm off to a warm beach. With my daughter and two grandchildren. (Someone has to babysit.) I will be back in about ten days with a full report and pictures.In the meantime, there is a lot to keep you glowing here in Haines. Well, sort of. "Frozen in Time" is the unfortunate title of the Arts Council film being shown Thursday at 7pm in the Chilkat Center.
"Kindness toward others and radical kindness to ourselves buy us a shot at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all. Do you want this, or do you want to be right?" - Anne Lamott
Community doesn't happen by magic, or wishing it so, it takes people to set up the chairs at the meeting and put them away again, bake something for the auction or the potluck, to sing and dance and turn on the lights and show up on time, from yoga class to burger feeds, choir to Zumba, church, school, a hockey game-- it's all the same. Without you, there's no party, and, as Julia Child said, a party without a cake is just a meeting.
If the weather cooperates (which it hasn't exactly been all winter) we may see the super-blue-black moon tomorrow morning. The eclipse begins at 2:45 am or so and ends at 7. The peak is around 4:30. Too bad it wasn't last week, during the tsunami warning kerfuffle when we were all up anyway. Then again, it was snowing so hard we would have missed it. Or would we?