We got a letter from the Farrs yesterday. The were ministers at UCN when I was wee and had daughters who bracketed me in age. We haven't heard much from them in ages, probably since before Phyllis [bestest old lady evar] died, which was when I was in junior high.
"Ron and I are in our sixteenth year at Emmanuel Lutheran UCC in Watertown. We think you'd both love this lively, progressive church family. This past year our church voted to become an Open & Affirming, multicultural, multiracial congregation -- which was no surprise because for over a decade our church has attracted a wealth of diverse people from all walks of life, and we are truly enriched by the miracle of each person here. We also have become a Green Church (earth-friendly, etc.) and are endorsing as many Fair Trade products as we can. We feel privileged to be the co-pastors of such an intelligent, open-hearted, open-minded family of faith."
My dad says becoming an Open & Affirming church is what all the cool churches are doing nowadays, and it is so true :) Still makes me happy, though. The list reminded me so much of First Churches. And it occurred to me that if they had stayed I would be having recurrent conversations with wisdomeagle about how it made my brain hurt that her ministerpeople experience was so not mine even though we had such similar ministerpeople, and yeah, potentialities are weird.
Speaking of potentialities, classes at Smith are starting up again, so I get to be jealous (though honestly, I'm really not jealous much at all; look at e go, rocking the contentment).
I missed Children's Lit by one year! *pouts* (Plus of course mt's modern poetry seminar last semester, which I was bitter about starting like a year ago now. I'm over it by now, though.)
(Simmons has a graduate program in children's literature? Oh, and I don't think I ever linked to it, but kidlit & femslash -- discussion in fox1013's LJ.)
I'm also mildly jealous of Catholic Philosophical Tradition. Except, oops, it's taught by Carol Zaleski. Not so much.
thistlerose got a Vermont Teddy Bear Company catalogue in the mail today, so she posted a bunch of picture links. The Wedding Bears come in m/m and f/f as well as m/f, which is pleasing. I was reminded of the Hallmark kissing bears debacle of February 2002. [Sidenote: Not being at Smith means no Anti-Valentine's Day party for me :( But hey, I do have good memories.] And most are available in 4 different fur colors.
Pride Bear? I, um, may have made him my desktop at work. I thought of buying some but, um, $80 = meep! My mom says I should just get a cheap knockoff in the South End. Oh, and if you wanted to be subtle: cowboy bear ;)
This afternoon I got an LJ comment from Dec. 28/29. It was a reply to a fic feedback comment I'd left, so no big, but still, weird.
Hey, Ari, up for remixing Sherlock Holmes fic? remixredux wants you.
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