Oh, the Things I’ve Learned

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post – so much has happened with my health, getting moved onto campus for an easier second year, getting into my semester with amazing classes and new friends, presenting at the Joseph Priestly and St. Lawrence district-wide leadership conferences.  The semester’s half over.. and I thought I would share a little of what I’ve learned so far this semester:

  • There are a lot of widows in the Bible. And every time they show up, the lesson is: take care of those less fortunate.
  • Don’t discount the symbols in your life; you never know when one of them is going to speak a new message to you. How do you know a symbol is in your life? If you doodle it, wear jewelry with it, buy objects with it, dream it, look for it.
  • Fall in New York City isn’t as colorful as it is in Saratoga.
  • Planning a worship service with a Pentecostal woman from Jamaica and a gay Presbyterian man can bring more joy than you’d think to this white Unitarian Universalist.
  • One of the biggest gifts I and my fellow UUs are bringing to Union: our music. (They fell in love with “Blue Boat Home” and “For the Earth Forever Turning”)
  • Film crews love Union; look for us in upcoming episodes of Elementary, Blue Bloods, and the film, Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg (early 2013 release date).
  • There is always more reading to do.
  • There is always time for a glass of wine.
  • Those last two are often directly related.
  • In a million years, I never thought that one of my memories would be standing with Cornel West’s arm around my shoulder and singing “Love Train” with him.
  • People have infinite capacity for kindness.

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