Sunday, August 22, 2010

The second thirty years - Lady Caroline Blackwood

Holly Brubach reviews Blackwood's work and gives biographical info.  Most importantly, Blackwood was first published at 42!

Amazon now has a bibliography feature:  Caroline Blackwood.  I love creative and useful marketing!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vacation from church, week 3 & week 4

I can't believe it's been seven years since I first read the article from The Ooze: Detoxing from Church.  Google-ing to find the article again, I found many more blog posts on detoxing from church--one that's even been updated from an original post also in 2003.

Detoxing our bodies is supposed to make us healthier.  Here's a funny FB exchange about detoxing:

"Screw the master cleanse...I prefer to feel alive
wellll you have to suffer through the first 3 days and then you feel pretty alive day 4/5. 7 and 8 are probably the best though if you do it for ten days. but, it's also kind of dumb. i think eating vegetables is better than drinking funky tasting lemonade...
" try a colon cleanse! you eat and just take fiber supplements"
My favorite way to detox is to grab a great juice or smoothie at Daily Juice., or maybe to head out to the Natural Gardener and walk the labyrinth or stand inside of all of the wind chimes at the corner of the building.  I tried the lemonade thing for about one day once.  Digging in my garden works fairly well.  Looking at the ways I choose to detox make me think I'm usually detoxing from emotional stress.

I think it's interesting that detox is used in conjunction with church.  (I have also heard the term "recovering Catholic" or I guess "recovering Southern Baptist:  but those designations are for another post.)  What builds up in my spiritual gut from attending church?  What spiritual food will clean it out?  Do I feel more alive at church even if it's toxic?  Hmmmm?