Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Faith, demo derbies, gays, grandmas, and dogs

1. I'm reading Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott. This is the first Lamott book I've read, and I'm loving it. I like it because it's about the spiritual journey of someone I can relate to. It's really refreshing to read about someone who is religious in the same way that I am. A lot of the time when we hear about people who's lives are defined by their faith, it's in a negative way. But this isn't, it makes clear that being religious is not the same as being dogmatic or closed-minded. It's great.

The first paragraph:

"My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear. When I look back on some of these early resting places - the boisterous home of the Catholics, the soft armchair of the Christian Science mom, adoption by ardent Jews - I can see how flimsy and indirect a path they made. Yet each step brought me closer to the verdant pad of faith on which I somehow stay afloat today."

(don't worry, the lily pad metaphor ends there)

2. Demolition derbies.

3. Gay student gets "new" car after vandalism.


5. Dog-Shaming. 

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