Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The scramble for bread and milk ...

OMG, I understand we are expecting a "monster snowstorm" in the next day or two. For the DC area, it may well be a storm of historic proportions -- not so much for us here in New Jersey.

Is it time to panic? Should I join the crowd of other little old ladies beating a path to the Superfresh in search of the always-important bread and milk?

Maybe not. I have bread in the freezer, and plenty of milk. I only use milk in coffee anyway.

And how long are we ever snowed in, in our part of the country? A day or two, no more. If I had to, I could trundle on foot to the grocery store. But I wouldn't. I'd eat microwave popcorn and watch movies until the snow melts or J. got us shoveled out.

But this is a human response to a threat, right? We're circling the wagons, sandbagging the riverbank, preparing to evacuate ....

No. Not for this. When Three Mile Island had its meltdown in 1979, J. and I had an escape plan. THAT was a threat! This hardly rises to that level.

The only thing I really am concerned about is power, since this storm is a Nor'easter, with plenty of wind expected. So I checked the drawer where we keep the D batteries, and we seem to have plenty. And then .....

And then I really panicked, and ordered this little charger/power-storage gizmo from Amazon (it will arrive tomorrow, well in advance of the snow).

Because we may be eating cold baked beans out of the can, but our cell phones will be charged and ready!

It's all about priorities.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Episcopal Church: All are welcome here!!!!

Well, I hope this graphic is large and colorful enough to make the message clear: despite being disciplined by the less enlightened portions of the Anglican Communion, we Episcopalians stand fast on the belief that all are entitled to marry. Man-woman, man-man, woman-woman -- it's all good. Any two people with good intentions and a pulse may marry in the Episcopal Church.

A lot of deliberation went into the recent change in our canons. And while it's true that you can't please all the people all the time, most of the people I know seem pleased that same-sex marriage is now approved.

As for the Anglican Communion, which a friend of mine today referred to as the last, tattered remnants of the British Empire, well, maybe it's time to move forward without them. At any rate, I plan to add the "disciplining" of the Episcopal Church to the long (very, very long) list of things that don't keep me awake at night.

Meanwhile, join us in church. You're ALL welcome.