If We Were Having Coffee… Geeks, Religion, Community and Chaos.

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!


If we were having coffee I’d invite you to join me at the table I’ve been claiming as “my space” at the Oregon Convention Center.  The Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA) has been happening this week and I’ve been visiting old friends and enjoying the atmosphere.  I can’t afford to actually attend, so have just been getting the moments I can.

I was raised a UU, and it is still the religion I claim (when I feel like i need to claim one), but there are a lot of things that I encounter in the religion that I struggle with — things that downright frustrate me.  There have been times in the past days that I’ve wanted to shake people and try to make them realize just how much their actions go against the very principles they claim to embrace….

But I don’t want to dwell on that all, not right now.  I have done a little venting on twitter, and I did a brief vent on my personal facebook page but to say much more I need to sort my thoughts more. Instead I want to focus on the good things that have come out of my “infiltration” of GA.  It’s been fun to be get to spend some time with old friends, and to see the energy and excitement of the attendees.  I have a lot of things to think about, and a good amount of reflection has been done, with a lot more to come.

If we were having coffee I’d want to take advantage of having your ear to talk a bit more about Passionate Geeks.  I’m excited about all the buzz, enjoying how many people are sharing with me some of the things they are passionate about.  But it is taking some time for writing to happen, so I’d probably give a little push — I can write about my own geekdom’s but I really would love to have other voices…. I know have a July (Yay! Thanks!) but would love to start getting some posts so I can have this scheduled out ahead of time. 🙂

If we were taking a moment to have coffee today I’d confide that I really pushed myself this week and things feel kind of chaotic — I”m kind of scattered today.

In my writing I’ve hit this scene that is a pretty emotionally intense one —  a very important one for the characters so, even though it’s just a second draft, I want to at least get the structure of it right.  Good bones so that I have something good to work with.  I’m hoping to get a little time this weekend to make progress on that…

I’d tell you that I’m working on my response to the second #LazyLambs Book Club post!  Hannah and Diana will have their posts going up today, and then we’ll be opening the conversation for people to share their questions, and their answers, about Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job.   I’m really enjoying this book club – it’s been fun to see other people joining in!

How about you?  Have you been reading anything interesting lately?  What has been going on in your life?

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15 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… Geeks, Religion, Community and Chaos.”

  1. I’m still sorting through books for downsizing. I have to limit reading a bit–my eyes tire more easily–but I (re)read Gilman’s The Man-Made World, Boal’s The Theatre of the Oppressed and Vidal’s Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, and now I’m on to a couple of Chomsky’s works for sorting re-read. For a bit of light reading (not quite Hermione-style) I read some poems from “From Totems to Hip-Hip” as a lullaby read before bed.

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    1. The lovely thing about it is it’s pretty laid back — if you ever feel drawn to the discussion or the book we’re reading feel free to pitch in your thoughts and read along! If you don’t finish the book, that’s okay! Hope you are able to join us some time 🙂

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  2. How are you dealing with our heatwave?

    Religion is such a deeply personal thing that it can be very frustrating to listen to/watch others of the same faith and how they treat/represent their religion. I will check out the Dirty Job posts when they are up and I look forward to reading what the next book will be. I’ll also take a look at Passionate Geeks and see if I can contribute something. Thanks for the reminder for me to get over there!

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      1. No AC here. We hit 102 at my house yesterday and it never cooled off inside the house so it’s about 89 in here. I have 3 fans going. I may hide out at the movies in a couple of hours, once I get through coffee share posts and write my own!

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  3. Let me know if you still need someone for the 2nd Wednesday in July—I could probably do that. 🙂

    I’m a wee bit behind on my Lazy Lambs post, but it’ll happen. Just might be tomorrow instead of today. hehe

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  4. We visited a UU church after our New Thought church went bankrupt. At the time I was pretty done with all religion (note: I was 8) so never went back.

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    1. It’s a really interesting religion. I was pretty much raised in it, and there’s a lot that speaks to me but there are also a lot of issues that I see that bother me to no end….

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