My wife asked me to write this because in a group she’s in on Facebook she hears many stories about partners (usually long term husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc) getting all bent out of shape about their partner taking the time to work on and enjoy their hobbies. Usually, this manifests as one partner telling the other that they can’t do their hobby or go out without them because they should be spending all their free time with them. This societal trope is everywhere, including in movies and TV, and it’s lauded as “romantic” because apparently, according to what we’re
There are many things that make Zurich a wonderful place to live and experience, but you have to admit: if one is a clergy person, and particularly clergy of the Christian persuasion, Zurich, and Switzerland as a whole, is a theological history heaven. Because I’m both a history nerd and a religion nerd, I intend to learn about all the history here and also see all the relevant sites! (Well, see as much as I can.) If you don’t know your Christian history, Zurich was one of the centers of the Reformation in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
So, this year I’m working on getting my writing mojo back, and I’m doing pretty good so far. Not only have I finished my mystic novella (woot!) I’ve also written a short Star Trek fanfic. The Wife and I have been watching The Next Generation from the beginning with the German dub track and English subtitles for listening and vocabulary practice, and well, I got inspired. You can read it on AO3 here: Dagda’s Warning (2035 words) by worthyadvisorChapters: 1/1Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Celtic MythologyRating: General AudiencesWarnings: No Archive Warnings ApplyCharacters: Original, Worf (Star Trek:TNG/DS9), Jean-Luc Picard, Miles
The Wife and I went to see the Zurich Singing Christmas Tree tonight, and it was the cutest, most joyful Christmas thing we’ve ever seen! Click here to see an Instagram video of them singing. If this doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will!
Once the end of November comes around, Zürich starts to transform. Greenery and lights are put up on all the main streets. Large Christmas trees start appearing at plazas and train stations. All the stores get a makeover of Christmas colors: red, green, silver, white, and gold. Little stalls start popping up all over selling roasted chestnuts. In short, Zürich becomes a Yuletide fairyland, and it is incredibly magical! One of the first things that happens the last week of November is the lighting of the “Lucy Lights” on Bahnhofstrasse. These lights are strung up the entire length of Bahnhofstrasse,
Yes, I still believe in Santa Claus! Listen to this week’s sermon to find out why.
Given all the TERF activity this week, my sermon is pretty timely. (CN: TERFs, bad theology, intolerance)
This week’s sermon discusses the actual differences between Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness. They aren’t all the same thing!
A blessed Samhain to you all!
How do we grieve in community? What are the ways we can protect ourselves and others at our most vulnerable?