Friday, December 01, 2006
Looking For Mary
Friday is the day of the sorrowful mysteries, the agony in the garden, the scourging, the crown of thorns, the walk to the crucifixion and the crucifixion itself, the ones I know and the ones I do not understand and will not until they happen to me. I happened upon the rosary meditation in the most random of ways -- I was in an airport bookstore, desperate for something to kill time on the plane, and had a choice between Beverly Dinfrio's Looking For Mary or a book about brothels. I wanted the brothel book, but it was still in hardcover, and I couldn't really afford it so I went with Looking for Mary as I had loved Riding In Cars With Boys (the writer's first memoir). I'd been collecting rosary beads for years without knowing what they were for, and everything fell into place. The book was a revelation. Things in airports are expensive because you're trapped like a dog with an invisible fence, but when you find the right thing, it's worth the cost.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Happiness does not await us all. One needn’t be a prophet to say that there will be more grief and pain than serenity and money. That is why we must hang on to one another." Anton Chekhov
Drinking music suggestion: Dwight Live! Dwight Yoakum
Benedictions and Maledictions
I've been tagged by lovely Sheila who has asked me to name six weird things about myself. So here is goes, sort of a free association, the first things that come to mind -
1 -- I've never had a pet during the entire course of my adult life.
2 -- I was thrilled when my one and only plant died. I threw it away with joy in my heart.
3 -- I hate all birds except for Dopey, a parrot that used to hang out at one of my favorite used bookstores. He had a sign near him that said, I'm Dopey. Don't touch me, I bite. I loved him and hate that he had cataracts and had to be removed from the store for acting out at some customers. They probably deserved it. So it goes. We are punished for others' sins.
4 -- I have every edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, even the one with the section on astrological birth control.
5 -- Saying the rosary has changed my life.
6 -- My Aztec astrology sign is The Death.