There are just too many good lines in Jim Culleny’s No Utopia post on Just Jesus.
Go there and read the whole thing. It says it all.
And then go and read a great essay by a minister about “George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism.” that I discovered more than a couple of years and posted about. It deserves to be rediscovered.
bumper to bumper cars inch along this one main road through town. it’s a town for the young, skin tight, bellies out, low slung skirts rustling up gutter dust a half-mile from open sunflower fields and piles of old corn that’s still sweet. i can’t wait to be settled in, spices in racks, pc table glued together, toes curling into soft rug in blues and greens, the cat napping in a spot of sun.
this place was not ready for us and we were not ready for this place.
what’s your hurry says Momma Mountain. patience first. passion later. you know how slowly mountains move.
bumper to bumper cars crawl along the main street. the young bellies move lazily along the sidewalks, lean on stoop rails, laugh slow secrets. no hurry. everything can wait.
It’s bizarre living back in a “family” type situation, with a male, a female, and someone who is drifting toward a second childhood. I’m glad that I learned over the years how to stand up to males who are used to controlling everything around them. I no longer have the total power over my life that I used to have, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up any of what I have left without a fight.
We had a literal power failure for a few hours this evening, just as it was getting dark. That seems to happen frequently in this part of the mountains. We three sat outside in lawn chairs until it got dark, eating ice cream and hoping the bear didn’t decide to stop by.
When the power came back on, my mom and I watched a movie: The Upside of Anger, which ended with one of the young characters thinking: “the upside of anger is the person we become.”
At various times in my life, my anger propelled me out of where I was stuck and gave me the energy to reinvent myself. Anger is a powerful motivator.
The upside of anger is the person we become.