Salutations, Gentle Reader,
Yes, much time has passed since I last offered you a glimpse into my day-to-day life. My transition from New York City back to North Carolina continues. While I still miss the hustle and bustle of The City, being reunited with my little girl is indescribably wonderful. Our Daddy-Daughter dates take us to dinner, the cinema, or even to quiet places where we blow bubbles and tell stories. She tells me I tell the best stories. When she allows me to be truly creative, I sometimes surprise myself with the narratives that come to mind, but generally our stories are formulaic. They include a central cast of characters: Noelle and my Pomeranians. They often include Noelle’s teacher, whom she loves, and Benedict Cumberbatch, whom she also loves. At times, I grow tired of the formula for the stories, but then I realize that this lovely child had to cope with her parents’ separation and subsequent divorce. Her mother had brought her to NC. I was in NYC. Perhaps she still needs something constant.
I’ve settled nicely into a church here. Theologically, I’m UU at heart. I believe that God has and continues to manifest itself throughout time and culture. Unfortunately, my experience both in New York and back here in NC has been that UU Congregations, while comprised of wonderful people, seem to be moving away from a spiritual emphasis. I believe in spirit. In New York, I was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (ELCA). I visited the ELCA congregation here, but it just didn’t click. So, I can now add yet another plank to my one-person ecumenical effort: First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). The congregation reflects a range of theological positions, but they’re warm, caring people. The pastor, Bill Neeley, is a truly gentle, compassionate man. Noelle has made several friends there and looks forward to going to church. What makes First Prez special to me? It preaches, teaches, and reaches out in LOVE.
Yeah, it’s really that simple. Love.
Gentle reader, I’m now back at a place of employment that will afford me more opportunity to write these blog posts. I’ve missed you. I’m looking forward to being with you much more frequently.
Be kind to yourself. Be kind to the planet and the future. Cause no suffering. Go Vegan!