liralen: Finch Painting (urahara)
And now I am unofficially done with being moderator.

I actually wrote my position out of the official governance, and when the present moderators got it put into effect, I was finally out of the job. So, some of it was that the Moderator Past (yes, I used to do a lot of Christmas Spirits jokes about the Moderator Elect, Moderator, and Moderator Past) was officially a part of the Cabinet for the years following their time in office. And in rewriting the governance, I wrote that position out.

I was expecting to have to stay on the resulting board for the church for this coming year, as part of the transition, but the moderators made it clear it was actually entirely my choice as to whether or not I stayed on. And the they were very sympathetic to me leaving and getting to rest.

The rest of the details and an antique counterpane knitting project that has resulted in a pattern! Oh! And MORE PUBLISHED PATTERNS!! )
liralen: (crane)
I am done with being moderator of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Longmont, Colorado.

It's official.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Christmas Me)
It's taken a while, mostly from circumstances beyond my control, which is all right. I only have seven more weeks of being moderator, and I am actually counting the weeks. It's not a pretty reality, but it's what I've got.

Thanksgiving went well. Our trip down to San Diego started in a horizontal snow storm on the way to DIA, 90 degree weather in La Jolla, lots of wonderful food adventures, and then a cooler end to the week there and a trip home to a winter wonderland of snow.

Of San Diego, Advent insanity, and a good movie and a good book... )

Moon Season

Oct. 1st, 2015 09:17 am
liralen: Finch Painting (Moon)
Things have gone well for the past couple of weeks.

Read more... )

Changes...

Aug. 19th, 2015 02:01 pm
liralen: (crane)
Lots of changes...

VBS was good, the small break was great, the last of the summer was full, and then yesterday Jet got his braces off for the last time (he'd had two sets of them, poor kid) and today he went to high school.

Yeah.

For the Picture... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Katrina)
And here are all the Biloxi Trip logs that I can find. These all start on the first day of the trip. There's journal and pictures for each of the years.

liralen: Finch Painting (tiger_bunny)
We had a very very busy Easter, which was also very satisfying in a bunch of different ways.

One of the most fun parts came from a deprivation last year, because of various reasons our church didn't get around to organizing an Easter Egg hunt after the service. This year, there were a bunch of changes. The first was that instead of candy they filled most of the eggs with pennies. The kids could then put their pennies into the bins for various charities that the church supported.

Jet was upset last year that there wasn't a hunt because he was finally of the age where he was going to help hide the eggs for the younger kids instead of getting them. He wanted to help the smaller kids have a great time. So he had a blast this year, filling the eggs, helping to hide them during the service, and then finding some of the eggs for the tiny kids that didn't find any. So it was satisfying all around.

Cut for trip pictures, a couple of interesting talks with interesting ladies, and much more text. )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
Sent another chapter of Twin Souls to [livejournal.com profile] incandescens yesterday and feel good about it. It was odd to write it, realize how 'short' it was, and then figured out it was just exactly the length it had to be.

I also got 10,000 steps before 10 am this morning, as our church had the last of its Wednesday morning prayer services at 7 am. After the service I worked with Luke, our associate pastor, on cutting apart silk ties and using them to dye eggs. It's kind of amusingly gratifying to slice into a nice dress tie. One power symbol cut into literal ribbons. While the eggs were boiling in their acid bath in 100 percent silk jackets, we walked to get some coffee (and a bacon burrito for me!).

Cut for length on friends lists... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
It has been a little crazy the last few weeks, but I'm starting to catch up, just to be hit again with another set of things. *laughs*

For the last week, I had my writing partner, [livejournal.com profile] demented_dee here on a visit that ended with her having to go home early for medical reasons that I'm still kind of on tetherhooks about. It will likely be all right, but... it's a little nervewracking.

This is also Jet's last week of school, the pool opened, I'm knitting like a madwoman, including a baby sweater, a pair of socks, and a self-designed shawl, all of which seem to have worked out all right.

Details and some church stuff. )
liralen: Finch Painting (trees over Jet)
I spent the entire weekend at La Foret, a UCC-supported retreat out in the Black Forest just west of Colorado Springs. It was an all-family retreat, so it included nearly anyone wanted to go, and was headed by Luke, our new pastor.

The Graff-Fryes also did a lot of the organization for the camp, including the schedule, content, and running the show. It was a very nice weekend, though the cabin beds, as usual, left a little to be desired so far as comfort was concerned. I really enjoyed lots of small aspects for the entire trip, not the least of which was sleeping the entire way there and the entire way back. *laughs*

Lots of lovely little details of how things went. )
liralen: Finch Painting (trees over Jet)
I spent the entire weekend at La Foret, a UCC-supported retreat out in the Black Forest just west of Colorado Springs. It was an all-family retreat, so it included nearly anyone wanted to go, and was headed by Luke, our new pastor.

The Graff-Fryes also did a lot of the organization for the camp, including the schedule, content, and running the show. It was a very nice weekend, though the cabin beds, as usual, left a little to be desired so far as comfort was concerned. I really enjoyed lots of small aspects for the entire trip, not the least of which was sleeping the entire way there and the entire way back. *laughs*

Lots of lovely little details of how things went. )
liralen: Finch Painting (camp)
I spent the entire weekend at La Foret, a UCC-supported retreat out in the Black Forest just west of Colorado Springs. It was an all-family retreat, so it included nearly anyone wanted to go, and was headed by Luke, our new pastor.

The Graff-Fryes also did a lot of the organization for the camp, including the schedule, content, and running the show. It was a very nice weekend, though the cabin beds, as usual, left a little to be desired so far as comfort was concerned. I really enjoyed lots of small aspects for the entire trip, not the least of which was sleeping the entire way there and the entire way back. *laughs*

Lots of lovely little details of how things went. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I've been having an oddly hard time just concentrating lately. Some of it is because the allergy, dry eye, and simple eye infection stuff has come back, but equal in both eyes now, not just the right like last year.

Some of it is that yesterday I went to see Out in the Silence, at our church, with the documentary's creators right there to talk to us, along with a brand-new (2 week old) state-wide initiative to make sure that all the school districts in the state follow through with the new anti-bullying legislation that was passed in the Colorado State legislature this last year. All good things... but some of the real stories just floored me.

If you have a chance, see the movie. It's not unrelentingly depressing, there's funny spots and uplifting bits, too. It's up on Hulu, it's on their site. It's free for anyone to watch that wants to see it. But they like it when you also do the public screening thing, as the main point is to allow regular people a voice to stop the abuse.

Cut for explicit badness that happened within 20 miles of my town. )

And now just cut for length for flists. )
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Today I got the pmG software key in my email!! Very, very bare bones installation instructions, but entirely doable and the 64-bit version chugs along on my machine Just Beautifully. Now to actually figure out the interface! *laughs* Amazing stuff.

I had a wonderful visit with [livejournal.com profile] grey_lady on Saturday. She was in the US for business, and had a rental car and was actually happy and willing to come up here from Englewood and see the house, the Jet, the JF, the garden, and the Array. She brought tea and Hob Nobs to exchange for a painting! We were both very happy with the trade, and it makes for good stories for her back at home.

The funniest thing was realizing that since she knew me back in alt.callahans days, with Usenet, Archie, Veronica, and even Gopher protocols. It was fun reminiscing about ! addresses, and how we had to route our own email through machines that we knew the schedules of, and how email used to take up to a day if we routed it wrongly and only two hours if we did it right. *giggles* Now I sit on gchat and gmail going, "I sent it a whole minute ago, why hasn't it shown up?"

We've known each other for more than twenty years, and didn't meet until this weekend.

That was kind of cool to realize. *laughs* It was a lovely visit.

Oh! Another cool thing was that the director of the art exhibit gave me an application to be a part of the Longmont Artist's Registry! She said it wasn't optional for me to fill it in. *laughs* And they sponsor TEN rotating exhibits throughout the city and pick folks from the registry! So it's highly likely my paintings will get shown again. It's amazing what resources come out of the wall when I try something.

A Study of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings and the Love that isn't Easy )
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Today I got the pmG software key in my email!! Very, very bare bones installation instructions, but entirely doable and the 64-bit version chugs along on my machine Just Beautifully. Now to actually figure out the interface! *laughs* Amazing stuff.

I had a wonderful visit with [livejournal.com profile] grey_lady on Saturday. She was in the US for business, and had a rental car and was actually happy and willing to come up here from Englewood and see the house, the Jet, the JF, the garden, and the Array. She brought tea and Hob Nobs to exchange for a painting! We were both very happy with the trade, and it makes for good stories for her back at home.

The funniest thing was realizing that since she knew me back in alt.callahans days, with Usenet, Archie, Veronica, and even Gopher protocols. It was fun reminiscing about ! addresses, and how we had to route our own email through machines that we knew the schedules of, and how email used to take up to a day if we routed it wrongly and only two hours if we did it right. *giggles* Now I sit on gchat and gmail going, "I sent it a whole minute ago, why hasn't it shown up?"

We've known each other for more than twenty years, and didn't meet until this weekend.

That was kind of cool to realize. *laughs* It was a lovely visit.

Oh! Another cool thing was that the director of the art exhibit gave me an application to be a part of the Longmont Artist's Registry! She said it wasn't optional for me to fill it in. *laughs* And they sponsor TEN rotating exhibits throughout the city and pick folks from the registry! So it's highly likely my paintings will get shown again. It's amazing what resources come out of the wall when I try something.

A Study of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings and the Love that isn't Easy )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
It turned into fall here when I was away in Oakland. We've now had a morning that started at 17° F (-8° C) and ended up at 65, and in the ensueing week and a half, all the leaves have turned gold and red and been blown away in 50 mph winds. Colorado's fall is *short*.

Voting has come and gone, and I'm very happy to report that my fellow states folks are smart. They read their pamphlets, and they figure out what's what. The "any fertilized egg is a person" measure fell flat on its face. The "cut all taxes and kill every program we have especially education" measures, all four of them, died horribly by nearly 50% margins. And nearly all the elected official races went pretty much as their districts should have voted to represent their real interests. Colorado's one of those almost-red states, but we now have a rather liberal governor who used a positive-only campaign that makes me... happy.

Best of all a local Boulder County initiative that was a tax to help out the human services that were being dropped by the state because of deficits looks like it's going to pass, ahead of the annual Open Space initiative. The County's population's always been pretty good about looking ahead and making sure that there's always going to be open/wild commons areas for everyone to enjoy, but with the economy the way it is right now it's easy to see why folks would vote against more taxes. But they all voted for a tax to help out those in financial need right now.

That makes me feel better about humanity in general, I think.

Jet and kids giving up Halloween Candy for the troops, I loved a message about the many levels of caregiving this last Sunday, and two state-renowned psychiatrists teach Jet his sex education through a great book. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
It turned into fall here when I was away in Oakland. We've now had a morning that started at 17° F (-8° C) and ended up at 65, and in the ensueing week and a half, all the leaves have turned gold and red and been blown away in 50 mph winds. Colorado's fall is *short*.

Voting has come and gone, and I'm very happy to report that my fellow states folks are smart. They read their pamphlets, and they figure out what's what. The "any fertilized egg is a person" measure fell flat on its face. The "cut all taxes and kill every program we have especially education" measures, all four of them, died horribly by nearly 50% margins. And nearly all the elected official races went pretty much as their districts should have voted to represent their real interests. Colorado's one of those almost-red states, but we now have a rather liberal governor who used a positive-only campaign that makes me... happy.

Best of all a local Boulder County initiative that was a tax to help out the human services that were being dropped by the state because of deficits looks like it's going to pass, ahead of the annual Open Space initiative. The County's population's always been pretty good about looking ahead and making sure that there's always going to be open/wild commons areas for everyone to enjoy, but with the economy the way it is right now it's easy to see why folks would vote against more taxes. But they all voted for a tax to help out those in financial need right now.

That makes me feel better about humanity in general, I think.

Jet and kids giving up Halloween Candy for the troops, I loved a message about the many levels of caregiving this last Sunday, and two state-renowned psychiatrists teach Jet his sex education through a great book. )
liralen: Finch Painting (hug)
Went to the memorial for a friend of ours, that John's worked with quite a bit in the last couple of years, and whom I knew and liked and talked with now and again at church. He was positive, capable, smart and solid.

Leonard Utz was once a buyer for Neiman Marcus and he loved a three-piece wool suit I'd bought from J Peterman long, long ago. He commented on it every time I wore it, and when Alzheimer's got him, he stayed at home more often, didn't come to church, and the church had a card writing thing. So I wrote him a card saying that I still remembered his comments.

He actually remembered the suit and got a good laugh from the card, which his wife told me about when I worked with her at the rummage sale.

So I wore it today to his memorial service. In 97 degree weather. It wasn't to be fashionable, really. It was just... in memory.

His son and his wife both remarked on it. And his wife loved the symbolism of it, but asked me if I was dying by the end of the service, which I took as a hint and an out. So I changed into a cooler dress before the reception, which was relaxed and good, and made his wife happy, too. Tears were shed as should be, memories shared as they should be, we got to meet more of his family, and I got to meet their two Scotty dogs. That was nice.

I was glad I went, and have all the more good memories of a very good man.
liralen: Finch Painting (hug)
Went to the memorial for a friend of ours, that John's worked with quite a bit in the last couple of years, and whom I knew and liked and talked with now and again at church. He was positive, capable, smart and solid.

Leonard Utz was once a buyer for Neiman Marcus and he loved a three-piece wool suit I'd bought from J Peterman long, long ago. He commented on it every time I wore it, and when Alzheimer's got him, he stayed at home more often, didn't come to church, and the church had a card writing thing. So I wrote him a card saying that I still remembered his comments.

He actually remembered the suit and got a good laugh from the card, which his wife told me about when I worked with her at the rummage sale.

So I wore it today to his memorial service. In 97 degree weather. It wasn't to be fashionable, really. It was just... in memory.

His son and his wife both remarked on it. And his wife loved the symbolism of it, but asked me if I was dying by the end of the service, which I took as a hint and an out. So I changed into a cooler dress before the reception, which was relaxed and good, and made his wife happy, too. Tears were shed as should be, memories shared as they should be, we got to meet more of his family, and I got to meet their two Scotty dogs. That was nice.

I was glad I went, and have all the more good memories of a very good man.
liralen: Finch Painting (Tenpou/Hakkai)
It takes a little work... but... there's this amazing little video about a Rev. Ben Guess, who was first called to a 12-member church in West Kentucky to be their out gay-pastor. The members were in their 80's and 90's... and felt called to do what they did.

Just go to this link. Suffer through the horrible control on the right and scroll down to almost the bottom, and find Ben Guess's tiny interview. The one before it is pretty cool, too. Heck, a lot of them are pretty nice, and I'll admit that this one made me cry pretty hard, but it was all good.

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