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  1. I have listened to the liturgists a little bit. Sometimes I find that they're helpful. Other times I feel that they are too far out for me, and I'm not ready/in agreement with their ideas. I think it's great that they have such a free and honest exchange of ideas from many different perspectives, and that they welcome and attract atheists and others because nothing is taboo. I appreciate that. Sometimes, they are just too much for me and I feel too conflicted and confused when listening. I like them in small doses. People like Brad Jersak and Steve Crosby usually leave me feeling more peace and clarity and truth. I feel like I'm near the end of my deconstruction, and am starting the reconstruction of my faith. I was wondering if the liturgists would come up here. I'm glad someone else listens to them and we can talk about them. Much of my religious circle would dismiss them as satanic heretics and not actually listen to the pain and wisdom and searching they express.
  2. Thank you for the picture of Chip the lawn goose. But my heart still belongs to the monolith...
  3. I'm a fan of Greg Boyd too, and he helped start me on my journey away from legalism and a Zeus-like god to finding a god who looks and acts like Jesus. (I'm not saying everyone who isn't on this same journey is legalistic or has a harsh god, I'm just saying I was legalistic and thought god was more like Zeus than Jesus. I want to be careful not to be judgmental as I walk out my journey, but I welcome a place where I can express my discoveries and doubts as I travel. ) I'd also recommend: Love Wins, by Rob Bell Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd A More Christlike God, A More Beautiful Gospel, by Brad Jersak I'd also recommend a youtube program called Life in the New Covenant - Jesus: The Exact Representation of God, by Stephen Crosby.
  4. Need picture. It's cruel to give us such an update without a picture. But, still, thanks for the update. I wonder if the ladder got stolen, or if its absence signals some sort of completion. Or if it was just waiting to get the hat up there...
  5. We need seasonal pictures. Or a picture anytime something changes. Pretend to take a selfie or pretend to be talking on your phone and snap a few. Start going for regular walks around the area. I want to see the pumpkin. And now I'm curious about what will appear for the future holidays/seasons.
  6. It sounds like your major concern is the backlash from your mom. I would work on practicing how to tell her you can't help anymore, and practice responding to her objections without giving excuses that she can pick apart. Don't try to respond to her specific objections, just repeat a clear phrase over and over until she gets it: "This doesn't work for our family anymore." Make sure you stick to your decision, if you decide to quit, and don't let her bully you into staying.
  7. It's been ten years since I had unilateral, no reconstruction. I wear a prosthesis and it has worked well. I didn't want to deal with any more surgeries, so I opted for no reconstruction. I'm happy with the decision for the most part, but there are times when I wish I would have had both breasts removed so I don't have to worry about the other one (I've had a few scares and MRIs with the remaining side). It's really your call, but I have been very comfortable with my choice. Everyone is different, but for me, losing a breast was not that big of a deal, other than the initial shock and processing of the options (which is where you are now). I'm active and do sports, and have found suitable mastectomy bras and prostheses. I wish you all the best with whatever you choose.
  8. Either the ladder is part of the monolith, or.... it is not complete. What do you suppose comes next? I think they'll put another level on top.
  9. Just make sure when you watch the movie, you access it through your downloads list. It should be no problem.
  10. Radically donate and ruthlessly throw away stuff that you are done with. Do what Marie Kondo does if you have trouble parting with it: Thank it. Then, put it in the pile to go out the door. I try to imagine that I am dead and my kids are going through my stuff. What would they want to box up and move into their homes and keep forever? (I'm talking about old things I will never use and means little to me or them, even though it was once important enough to purchase.) If you forgot you had it, and if you haven't used it in a very long time, let it go. I try to take a couple of boxes to Goodwill or our big donation centers every month. Recently we put some bigger stuff on the sidewalk with a Free sign, and it disappeared in a few hours. Most big donation centers do enough volume to be able to do dump runs and still make a profit. They have people to sort through it, but make sure you give them decent stuff. Throw away the rest. Shred old documents. Good luck. My story is very similar to yours. I dealt with Dad's stuff, and now I'm inspired to clean out my home. Step by step... We can do this!
  11. Here's my bad boy on the kitchen counter drying mat.
  12. Sorry. Remember, you are not there to fix her. She won't let you, and it won't work anyway. Don't try to reason with her. She can't/won't be reasoned with. Be loving and say sympathetic phrases like Pen suggested: "There, there" or "Sorry you are having to go through this." Don't let her drag you into the spiral. Say, "I'm sure you and dad will figure it out." or "What's your plan going forward?" but don't let that plan ensnare you. Be ready with, "I'm sorry, I can't do that. I know you and dad will figure it out..." I know, easier said than done. It sucks to have to practice all your new coping skills during a crisis, but that's reality for you now. Prayers coming your way from many people.
  13. I have been using coconut palm sugar for the last few years. It's available at health stores and some regular grocery stores now. It's a one-for-one substitution for white sugar. It looks like brown sugar, but it can be used in any recipe instead of brown or white sugar. It's more expensive than white sugar, so it makes me use it more sparingly and really savor the experience. It's supposed to be a little healthier because it doesn't spike blood sugar like white sugar does. I like it because it gives me something to look forward to if I'm trying to avoid white sugar sweets but know I'll cave in and have something sooner or later. This gives me the satisfaction of a real sweet treat, but it makes me plan it and wait for it. I make pudding, cake, smoothies, hot cocoa, etc. with it. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'm sure it would be great in coffee drinks. (I get sick if I use artificial sweeteners, so this is a good alternative.) Good luck!
  14. My husband prefers the alternate version: "Buttprints in the Sand." (google it. It's funny.) Maybe she believes along those lines instead. Or you could giver her a framed copy of "Buttprints" to hang in her house.
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