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STEDY, March 20, 2019

I caught my head in my hands as my sister pounded a puzzle piece with her fist trying to make it fit where it obviously didn’t. We were kids and I had let her try a puzzle I had been given for my birthday; Miss Piggy sitting on a sliver of moon while Kermit gazed at her from below. I would build…

STEDY, March 13

In a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Los Angeles issued on Jan. 24, Bishop John Harvey Taylor spoke to a resolution from the July 2018 General Convention that suspends the statute of limitations on reporting acts of sexual misconduct by bishops, deacons, and priests against adult victims. Full text of the letter follows: My siblings in faith in the Diocese of…

STEDY, March 6, 2019

By 1:30 pm I wanted to kill all of my students. By 4:30 I wanted to kill the world. It was Ash Wednesday, 2002 and I had decided to give up caffeine for Lent. I remember snarling at people as I slogged my way into the Alhambra Target, desperately searching for a drink that would silence my headache without violating my discipline.…

STEDY, February 27, 2019

After years of doing yoga several hours a week I have never been able to do any arm balance poses. I’ve never even been close. During these postures the teacher always has to pause the entire class as they very calmly try to position my entire and quite ample bottom half over a tiny, slanted shelf of my elbow. My arms shake,…

STEDY, February 20, 2019

If you were outside at all last night you might have noticed the moon being especially full, bright and beautiful. This was not your imagination, last night we had another “supermoon” which is the term given to a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth on its monthly orbit. In ancient times, most people tracked…

STEDY, February 13, 2019

It is ironic, many have commented, that his last name is Love and yet he is refusing to perform marriages. Its been a bit of news in the Episcopal Church that a bishop is refusing to perform same sex marriages despite General Convention mandate of marriage equality in the church’s U. S. diocese. Like many Christians, he feels that same sex marriage…

STEDY, February 6, 2019

February is Black History Month. As many of our students are learning about influential people who have courageously and painfully dragged our country and world to a better place, I thought it may be interesting to know that one of the most famous was also an Episcopal preacher. “May I say a few words?” This was the question a former slave asked…

STEDY, January 30, 2019

This month I read a book to the nursery school called “You Are Special”, a sweet little book about tiny wooden people made by a woodcarver named Eli. In the story these wooden people spend their days putting stickers on each other, stars for being pretty, smart or athletic and dots for being silly, making a mistake or getting hurt. The story…

STEDY – January 23, 2019

Frizzy hair, fat thighs, blotchy skin, wonky teeth – we all have something we hate about our bodies. We buy products to smooth our hair and paint our skin. We look for clothes that distract from our trouble areas, will tighten parts we think things are too big and accentuate what we think is too small. We hide, we cover, we pray…

STEDY – January 16, 2019

It was a simple phone call, the type sisters make to each other all the time. Mine was calling to see if I liked the plates I had bought from this one particular store and was curious if they were worth the price. After a few minutes and knowing my sister, I could tell the call was more about getting permission than…