Contemplating Lots of Quotes and Anne Lamott

I’m working on material for the next retreat, “Finding God and Oneself in the Digital Age,” along with working on a small piece for the YDS journal, Reflections. Tonight I banged out possibly the worst first draft ever. In these moments, I have to think of Anne Lamott’s words from her “Bird by Bird” book. She says you have to get that first draft out of the way and then you can move on.

But, I’ve had lots of quotes on my mind. This always happens, I’m trying to write my own presentations and sometimes other people have such profound insights.

For this retreat, I’m reading The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, Digital Disciples by Adam Thomas, and I may pick up something else from Richard Rohr. I’m in love with the Ragamuffin Gospel, it’s quickly becoming one of those books that is getting dog eared, underlined, and taken everywhere I go.

In other news, little Zoom turns 11 months old today. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year. Today to mark the occasion, he threw up in Joann’s Crafts after gagging himself with a rubber ducky. Truly one of the stranger things I’ve seen happen. He’s fine now, and I know better than to leave the diaper bag in the car.