Friday, December 3, 2021
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Watch it with the subtitles on. RantWoman did not do that with last night's post. RantWoman does not regretthe omission but will probably do things differently going forward.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
RantWoman has no idea what's with the fire imagery in the video.
RantWoman also considers the music a way to celebrate the miracle of 8 days of oil and miracle of oil and persistence across cultures.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
RantWoman aims to post by sundown every night of Hanukkah but may not make it.
Please note: RantWoman is mostly receiving the gifts of Youtube and expects to include Jewish composers, public figures... RantWoman also hopes the balance will be fun and light e ven though RantWoman has already queued up some beautiful music that is not only fun and light for tomorrow.
RantWoman also is definitely DONE with needing to work out some Nothing Appropriate rage always associated with the holiday that definitely does not need to get plastered over the entire tradition.
Monday, November 29, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Yes, RantWoman is fully well aware that Advent is not particularly a thing around many Quakers. It is a thing around RantWoman and that is enough. RantWoman suspects this year's advent observance is going to be a little like the annual exercise in pulling out old Christmas ornaments and contemplating weird Christmas gifts.
(This year RantMom is promising to try to move about 3 large Rubbermaid containers of ornaments she has not touched in years along in the universe.RantWoman remembers a few items in the boxes that might come to RantWoman's house, but RantWoman strives to be judicious about that. RantWoman is trying to reduce some of her own accumulations.)
Weird Gift #1: RantWoman'sfascination with Compline at St. Marks' Cathedral.
RantWoman likes just to settle in and let the music carry her without worrying too much about believing in every word of the lyrics. RantWoman also likes to honor others' spiritual practices. Tonight RantWoman was watching at the right time to watch most of the members of the choir cross themselves at the end of one of the prayers.
Weird Gift #2
Weird Gift #3 Patriarchy is not that great for men either.
Part of the Tamar story above is about men being expected to marry their deceased brother's wife to carry on his lineage. One brother clearly does not want to. Another is too young.
Weird Gift #4
RantWoman has already been envisioning a band of Quaker pundits willing to wade into the rivers of bilge memes and see whether wielding the right words well might POSSIBLY shift the channels even a little bit. On rantWoman's mind tonight: Rep. Madison Cawthorn and his comments from a few days ago calling men to more in life that sitting at home masturbating and playing video games. RantWoman kind of wants to ask what is so wrong with either activity: Just think of all the trouble one can stay out of. But RantWoman is provisionally willing to wander into the modern quest for masculinity.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
|The Christmas Cactuses of Gratitude |
shy about sharing
their faithfulness in blooming year after year
Gratitude is a thing all year but in this officially designated time of feasting and gratitude, actual gratitude can be, well, messy
Waiting worship with invitation to center with the following windows into Spirit. Usually there is an hour of expectant worship and then time for freer exchange.
Fourth Saturday Worship Meditation prompts / queries for November
Peculiar gratitudes: are they a thing and what is a quakerly way to talk about them?
On Planet RantWoman, peculiar gratitudes have at least two forms:
--Schadenfreude and things one should not overdo gratitude about.
--Behaviors that do not look like gratitude but in fact reflect gratitude
If one is bizarrely fascinated by the rhetorical back and forth among certain voices in our public life, what does listening in tongues or listening beyond words mean? Does "Quaker Nice" mean one is just supposed to let bilge wash over the conceptual landscape? Where can one find center to enter the conversation?
Insights from attending or planning major Quaker events
Any seasonal anniversaries to hold in the Light?
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