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Back to School: Day 1

I’ve signed up for Blogging University.  It’s online.  It’s free.  And it’s got daily assignments for 14 days.  First up:  a “who I am and why I’m here” post, with questions to get me started.

  • Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?
    • Accountability.  My husband has been encouraging me to write for years.  My dad thinks I should be writing stories about my work.  A friend/mentor has encouraged me to write daily.  If I don’t do it publicly I probably won’t get around to doing it regularly.
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
    • Faith.  I am a Christian striving to live faithfully with kindness and compassion in the 21st century.  I am glad to learn from people of other faith traditions and trust there is more than one way to the Divine.
    • Bible.  I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with a strong commitment to reading scripture seriously but not literally.
    • Nature.  Observations from my (nearly) daily walk.
    • Quilting.  Thoughts on cutting up fabric to create something new.
    • Books?  Maybe.  I’ve been an avid reader since childhood.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
    • Wonderers and wanderers, seekers and doubters, creators and questioners, and everyday nature watchers.
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?
    • Hmmmm….I’ll have to think about that.

My parents, siblings, extended family and all who knew me before I married call me Teri.  My nephews and nieces call me Aunt Teri.  Since 1994 colleagues, classmates, and new friends call me Teressa.   Parishioners have called me all kinds of things but children tend to call me Pastor T.

I am thankful for….

Acceptance
Birds, Blue skies, and butterflies
Children
Church
Clean Air and Clear Water
Coaches, Mentors, and Teachers
Colors of Autumn and Spring
Companions on the Journey
Our community
Our country
Curiosity
Employment and a Home
Eyesight and Hearing
Faith, Family, and Friends
Flowers and shade trees
Food and Shelter
Forgiveness and Mercy
Freedom to Worship
A Furnace and an Air Conditioner
Granddaughters, Grandsons, and Grandparents
Health and Access to Health Care
Hope of Resurrection
Laughter, Life, and Love
Lakes, Oceans, and Rivers
Lazy Summer Days
Mountains and Prairies
Music
Open Minds
Parents, Godparents, Foster Parents
Pets
Promise of a New (and better) Day
Questions by Seekers
Rain and Snow to Renew the Earth
Reconciliation
Restored relationships
Retirement
Sobriety
Socks and shoes
A Spouse – both Partner & Friend
Sunshine after the Storm
Tender hearts
Uncles, aunts and other relatives
Warm winter coat

– Compiled by Teressa L. Clark, 12/18/12 from conversations over the years with some of God’s good and grateful people