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Friday Five: Books

From the RevGalBlogPals:
So tell us what you’re reading, what you would and would not recommend–five books or authors! And if you don’t want to do that freestyle, here are some questions:

1. What books have you recently read? Tell us your opinion of them.
2. What books are awaiting your available time to be read?
3. Have any books been recently recommended?
4. What genre of books are your favorite, along with some titles and/or authors you like best?
5. What have you read lately that you have a strong urge to recommend? (or to condemn?)

And here are my answers:

1. Lately read:   The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Whoa! This is the best book I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it.

2. Awaiting my attention (in the service of my upcoming study on food ethics):  Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World by Martin Keogh

3. Recommended by Kristin:  Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread by Michael Schut

4. Favorite genre: spy thrillers or murder mysteries. I know, I know. Perhaps not what you’d expect from a pastor. But I love trying to figure out mysteries. My current favorites are Daniel Silva’s spy series featuring the character of Gabriel Allon. Most recent in the series is: The Secret Servant.

5. Would recommend: No surprise here! I always recommend the liturgical mysteries by Mark Schweizer. They’re irreverent and laugh-til-you-pee funny.


Friday Five: Mornings

From the RevGalBlogPals:

Where I am it is dark, and it is cold, and it is snowing. I really wanted to stay in bed with the electric blanket cranked this morning. Share five things that made getting out of bed worthwhile for you today!

Why did I get out of bed today? My answers:

1. Because I have to take my nephew to school today.

2. Because vacation is right around the corner.

3. Because I woke up to two large dogs licking my face.

4. Because there are two new members joining the church on Sunday.

5. Because my sermon isn’t done! (eek)



Friday Five: Holidays 2010

From RevGalBlogPals:

Yes, I know it’s January and yes, I know some of us are still on a cool sprint after only a brief respite (if that) from Advent and Christmas BUT… before we move too far along into The Next, I wanted to give us a chance to reflect on What Was

And so partly to give us all a record and partly to give us all a chance to reflect on the 2010 Holiday Season now that we are out of it, I ask you this:

1) What food item was one of your favorites this year – a definite keeper?
2) Was there a meal or party or a gathering that stands out in your mind from this most recent holiday season?
3) Were you involved in a jaw-dropper gift? Were you the giver or recipient or an on-looker?
4) Was there at least one moment where you experienced true worship?
5) What is at least one thing you want to make sure you do next year?
BONUS: What is something you absolutely must remember to do differently… or not at all!

OR: If you just want to sum it all up in a few words, that will work too.

My Answers:

1. I made gingerbread this season, but made it in a loaf instead of like cookies. It was amazing!

2. While my family celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents house, I stayed home and pumped water out of my basement. It was quite a memorable holiday!

3. My nephew received a really great racecar set and an enormous Lego space-shuttle set. His eyes were as big as saucers when he opened them!

4. Some wonderful and wise women got together to honor the Winter Solstice (the coming of light into the darkness and the promise of Spring) and shared the things we want to release from the old year and the things we want to claim in the New Year. It was a holy and worshipful and uplifting evening.

5. Starting in about October, I want to finish up any remodeling projects, so I make sure I don’t have any big construction/remodeling disasters underway during the holidays!


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