So on this Thanksgiving weekend, I am offering blog leftovers as well. In the years I have been writing this blog I have learned a few things. One is that an idea for a blog will come to me at random times, and no matter what promises I make to myself, if I don’t write the idea down, I will forget it. So I have started the practice of jotting down ideas as they occur to me- even scraps of ideas. Like apple seeds that do not produce the same apples as the tree from which they come, those “blog seeds” often turn out very differently than I imagine, but most of them do grow into something.
I use my phone’s “Notes” app to record these idea fragments, since I almost always have the phone with me. But shortly after I began writing down blog ideas as soon as I thought of them, I discovered how hard it was to find my notes again. So I added the word “blog” at the beginning of every idea. Then when it is time to write and I don’t have any ideas, I just type “blog” into my search function, and the old ideas appear.
All of this is to say that for today’s blog, I decided to share some of the “leftovers”- ideas that have never become blogs, ideas I wrote down and then couldn’t remember why, ideas that may yet grow into something. These random notes are listed here, accompanied by random pictures I also take imagining I might someday need them for this blog. Here you go.
Blog Lost Sheep Statue (I made this note in September when the Lost Sheep statue made by Charles McCullough for our church was damaged by vandalism.)
Blog Sacred Simplicity (this one is also from September- I was thinking about the simplicity of life- for better or for worse- under COVID restrictions.)
Blog You Must Be Born Again (from August, with accompanying notes “Start over” Not sure what I was thinking.)
Blog Jesus Has Left the Building (from July, when I was thinking of all the ways we are “doing church” without being in our building.)
Blog Before You Go Back (from early May. I don’t remember what I was thinking for this one either, but I think it had to do with some kind of “return” to pre-COVID ways of being.)
Blog Raise Your Hand if You’re Not Here (from March, just after we stopped gathering. I’m sure I was thinking about how to keep track of everyone when we don’t sign our “attendance sheets” in the sanctuary any more.)
Blog Blog (What?)
Blog Dog in the Manger (from December 2019. I have no idea what I was thinking but am putting it here to remind everyone that Advent begins this Sunday)
And yes, by the way, “Blog Leftovers” was also on my phone. I made the note yesterday. I knew I would write something, but I didn’t realize it would be this.
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the leftovers.