about my MTM Adventure

In 1977 I packed up my orange, 1972 Toyota Corolla and set out solo from Boise, Idaho to Portland, Oregon on what I have come to call my “Mary Tyler Moore Adventure.”

A bit of background is in order. Continue reading “about my MTM Adventure”

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Just Thinkin’ about Civic Action

I have joined the Resistance. I’ve knitted these hats and sent them off to be worn by participants in the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on January 21.

My “civic action knitting” is largely symbolic, but I hope these hats will join thousands of others to make a powerful statement in favor of women’s issues and against misogyny.

Each of us who has a voice must step forward and speak against all forms of hatred–racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia–whenever and wherever we can.

Just Thinkin’ about Water

It’s snowing again and I’m crabby. Friends across social media have been making the same complaint. This has become one of those winters. We here in southern Idaho enjoy a temperate climate and don’t usually get this much snow. What we do get usually melts within a couple of days. This year, though, the storms seem to be on the every-other-day plan. One storm after another has come along before the previous snow has melted into the ground. The snow blower has gotten quite a workout this year.

I shouldn’t complain. I am warm. I have food in the pantry. I am safe and well-fed (perhaps too well). I have plenty of reading material and projects around the house to keep myself busy. An NCIS marathon is running on television, so my Mark Harmon fix is not in danger. Many are not that fortunate.

Snow turns into water, an important resource in this high desert, agricultural area. If this weather continues, farmers in the area can look forward to a better water year, following a season or two of drought.

The topic of water has been on my mind a lot lately. The Bible study I attend has been following the theme of water throughout the Bible. It is a universal theme. According to Come to the Waters by Judy Record Fletcher, there are more than 800 references to water in the Bible.

As I think about this life-sustaining resource, I think about the 663 million people worldwide who do not have access to clean water.* I pray for them.

I think about children who cannot go to school because they have to spend their days acquiring water for their families. I pray for them.

I think about the children of Flint, Michigan who face severe developmental damage due to lead in the water. I am angry. The situation was entirely preventable. I pray for them.

I wonder how many other communities across the United States face similar situations. I pray for them.

I think about how I take water for granted and how often I waste it. I pray for forgiveness.

There must be something I can do. I pray for guidance.

I can become more conscientious about the water I use. I can look for ways to be less wasteful.

I can educate myself. When pertinent, I can ask my local, state and national representatives to take action to ensure our communities safe, ready and affordable access to clean water.

Water is a precious resource. As I look out the window at the continuing snowstorm, I give thanks for it.

* http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/water-and-sanitation

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Just Thinkin’ about Cinderella

The little girls in my extended family (ages almost two and almost 3) are getting princess dress-up outfits for Christmas this year. Before heading to the sewing room, I hesitated. Would I be contributing to the perpetuation of a myth that needs to go away?

Far too many little girls grow up believing in the myth that the handsome prince
will one day whisk them away to a happily ever after where he will provide for and protect her. Continue reading “Just Thinkin’ about Cinderella”

Just Thinkin’ About Getting Started

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”                                                                                                          Lao Tzu, Chinese Taoist philosopher, 600-531 B.C

For the past few weeks I have felt shock, sadness and despair as I’ve watched and listened to news of the world around me. This time of year the news always seems darker than usual; but this year, for many reasons, it’s downright sad and scary.

The other evening as I listened to yet another discouraging news report, I felt utterly helpless. What can I, a retired school teacher, do to help fix what’s wrong? At that moment, I heard a small, quiet voice. “Write, Donna. Start the blog. Just do it.”

The next day I opened the next book from the ever-growing stack of books I plan to read. The title? If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg. As the title suggests, the author takes an in-depth, thoughtful look at Matthew 14:25-33, in which Jesus walks on water and commands Peter to get out of the boat and come to Him. It’s a story about taking a step of faith.

With the turning of each page, the voice I had heard the evening before became louder and more insistent. “Start the blog, Donna. Do it now.”

It became clear to me that now is the time to begin the blog I had been considering for quite some time. Now. No more procrastinating. I need to get out of the boat and take a step of faith.

So here I am, at the beginning of a new adventure. While I don’t pretend to believe you will agree with everything I say, I hope a few words here and there will resonate with you. Perhaps you will be moved to read a book or two; to think about new ideas; to try something new; to start an important conversation in your community. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be encouraged to get out of the boat and set off on your own adventure.

See you along the journey!