Author Archives: MaryAnn

About MaryAnn

pastor, writer, haphazard knitter

Would You Zap Your Brain to Live More “Sabbathly”?

Originally posted at The Blue Room. Yesterday I listened to a Radiolab podcast about trans-cranial direct current stimulation, tDCS. From the show’s description:  Learn a new language faster than ever! Leave doubt in the dust! Be a better sniper! Could you do all … Continue reading

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The Work of Sabbath: Do Things All Together

What a month it’s been! This past weekend was the first weekend in four that I’ve been home. We made sure to take things slowly and Sabbathly, with lots of quiet lounging-around time in addition to chores and errands to catch up … Continue reading

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Beyond Busy

My friend Jan posted a question a few weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since: How do you respond when someone says, “Wow, you’re so busy.” It makes me wonder: Do I give off the appearance of … Continue reading

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What’s Done Is Done

Originally posted at The Blue Room I use this quote in Sabbath in the Suburbs, and I have it posted on the bulletin board in my study. I try to let go of the unfinished work of my life when it … Continue reading

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Shepherding the Family through Social Media

“Mommy, can I have an Instagram account?” my daughter asked from the back seat of the van. We were on our way home from a retreat I’d led for a church in South Carolina. I’d decided to bring the family … Continue reading

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More, More, More: A Sabbathy Call to Worship

        Originally posted at The Blue Room. My time at Myrtle Beach with First Presbyterian Church, Sumter SC, closed with a wonderful worship service, planned and led by the pastoral and music staff. I preached, but as is … Continue reading

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Ideas to Spark Your Sabbath Time

Originally posted at The Blue Room. This past weekend I was in Myrtle Beach with the good folks from First Presbyterian, Sumter for their annual congregational retreat. They were a fun, lively group of folks who got it. As I often … Continue reading

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