Ten for Tuesday: “Clearing Out the Attic” Edition

It’s been about a month since my last Ten for Tuesday. I’ve been collecting links, but just haven’t gotten around to posting. Some of these are stale by Internet standards, but hey, it’s good to stretch our attention spans to two or even three weeks! Gasp!

1. I Walked 64 Miles Around the [DC] Beltway. What Was I Thinking?

You were thinking that is a dare-to-be-great situation, that’s what!

The one true moment of perspective on the actual city of Washington came when we crossed the Wilson Bridge over the Potomac and looked back up the river. It was the only time DC’s downtown and skyline were visible to us during our circuit, and from the bridge you could see how the city was nestled in the crotch of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers—in a way that made more sense from that vantage than from any other. As the bridge vibrated beneath our feet (much more than we had expected), we looked in toward the District and tried to imagine what it all had looked like before the city existed, when the port in Alexandria to our left was the biggest game in town.

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2. Losing My Hand: A Rant

I wish I could remember who first shared this, but it’s just darn good writing. And good improvisational theology:

People tell me I’m strong and brave—I’m not strong and brave, I didn’t choose any of this to happen. I claw my way back up the surface, only to be knocked back down again, and again, and again. Each time I wonder where and how will I find the strength to keep enduring this vicious cycle? And for what? With no end in sight of when and to what extent I’ll regain function, it’s so easy to slip into feeling overwhelmed and lost. Then, after all is said and done, why? Why of all things my hand? The one part of me that allows me to carry out what I love most.  I’d recognized that the only way out was through. It’s true. At some point, I learned to stop asking questions and wait it out. What other choice do I have?

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3. Praying

Speaking of good theology, this reflection by my fried Blair Monie, who is undergoing cancer treatment, is worth looking at. What happens when we pray? Are prayers answered, and if so how? “If the shrinkage of my tumor is an answer to prayer, what about those whose tumors have grown? Have they not been prayed for–enough or in the right way? I cannot believe that.” Deep good thoughts here. (You may need to log in to CaringBridge to read this one.)

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4. The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

This story got shared like crazy a few weeks ago and I kept putting off reading it. If you too have been putting it off, now is the time. This is nothing short of astounding.

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5. Unendurable Line

An oddly satisfying video:

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6. Artist Debra Rapoport’s Powerful 111-Word Philosophy of Living

Click through for this simple whimsical wise statement. Want to be her when I grow up:

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7. 8. 9. Our “Hope for the World” Section. These three are related and all are must-reads:

Man removes Nazi swastika tattoos after unlikely friendship

I wanted to understand why racists hated me. So I befriended Klansmen.

and a call to action, from the Times of Israel:

When they kick in your front door, how you gonna come?

A meditation on the biblical king Saul and modern-day sacred resistance.

We learn in the Gemara (Shabbat 54b), “whoever is able to resist the sins of even the entire world and does not is implicated in the sins of the entire world.”

So, should we ever be faced with a paranoid and erratic ruler like Saul], who is quick to capitalize on divisions in our country and threatens vulnerable populations, we are called to resist.

How? Read the article. Again, I can’t remember how this came to me–I think it was through my Jewish friend M. Long and powerful.

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And sneaking in a personal #10, I’m in Atlanta this week, teaching about improv and playing Wednesday night in a show at the Basement Theater. Are you in town? Learn more and get tickets here.

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Until next time!

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