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Wild and Precious

Last Sunday the UU church I joined in December, the UU Fellowship of Sunnyvale, held a service called the Our One Wild and Precious Life service. The title is inspired by the last lines of Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day.

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Thursday Doors: Candy Cane Lane

Back in Belmont MA, there were two houses right next to each other near a highway exit that went all out with decorations for Christmas. During the rest of the year one of them kind of looked like our house: a standard white colonial with black shutters and a red door. But a few days after Thanksgiving it started, and continued into January: trees, snowflakes, and blinking lights, framing the door and welcoming Christmas visitors.

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Thursday Doors: Pitzer College

This week’s Thursday Doors post shows more photos from our Thanksgiving trip to Southern California. We were on the beach and at a buffet dinner, but we were also checking out some college campuses for our 17-year-old daughter next year. (This trip is also why I missed Thursday Doors entirely last week).

One of these campuses was Pitzer College, a small liberal arts school in Claremont. It is part of the Claremont consortium, which also includes Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd. As a former East Coast girl, I had not heard of Pitzer until recently, when several college counselors recommended it to my daughter. My daughter is interested in small liberal arts schools, and this group of colleges seems to have the best of both worlds: a small liberal arts environment coupled with the ability to take courses and utilize resources at any of the five colleges in the consortium.

Pitzer has a strong emphasis on ecology, the environment, and sustainability. Here is a wall garden, right next to a door (yes, those plants are growing horizontally):

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They also have an organic garden on campus, with a chicken coop:

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And a bike repair and recycle shop:Green bike program

And their students seem to have a healthy sense of self-expression, which you can see in the murals on campus:

Mural over Mead Hall Door

I have to say, the most interesting thing about these doors at Pitzer is not the doors themselves, but what is above, below, next to, or behind them!

 

 

Mundane Monday: Tree at Sunset

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we drove to southern California and looked at some college campuses with our 17-yo daughter. We also had Thanksgiving dinner at a nice buffet in the hotel where we were staying. The food was good and there was no cooking, cleanup, or leftovers –that’s my kind of holiday!

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Thursday Doors: German Language Camp

Last summer our daughter went to the MMLA German Language Camp for high school students at Green Mountain College in Poultney VT. In the dorm there was a floor for boys and a floor for girls. This one was for the girls. There aren’t actually many Germans in Vermont, but they did their best to dress it up.

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Little Writing Retreat on the Prairie, Part VII: The Road Ahead

  • “You’re going to have to learn to ignore a lot of advice, including some of mine.” 
  • You both have to, and can’t, keep your readers in mind as you’re writing.
  • Try writing some non-fiction, in addition to fiction.
  • Set up a place to write where you can close the door and won’t be interrupted
  • Put your writing materials there and books/resources that you use for writing

I’ve been back from the Windbreak House retreat for over a month now, and I thought I would write two, maybe three, posts about it. Instead here I am, wrapping up with Post Number 7.

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