This was SUPPOSED to go up yesterday, but I zigged when I should have zagged and saved it instead of publishing it. Bah.

We had two celebrations at church today, one dedicating a cross in the name of Sheila Bezy. Sheila passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home earlier this year, and her former employer, his family and his other employees honored her by buying a brass altar cross for our church, to which none of them belong. It was a sweet and generous gift, but Sheila would not have been best pleased. I think she would have shook her head and said, “I don’t NEED a brass cross, but folks need food for their kids. Give the money to Community Services.” Still, it was truly a kind deed, and showed the strength of Sheila’s impact on people. She was always willing to step up and “speak truth to power”, but always with love and always with other people in mind, never her own ego.

The other friend was Daniel Suddarth, who has been our choir director for about eight years but is now leaving to dedicate more time to the church he and his family actually attend. He, and the dedicated folks of the choir, have given us some excellent and uplifting music over the years, including today, when the choir, in the absence of our organist, sang acapella.

We had a pitch-in lunch after church. Our interim minister is a vegetarian, so I made one of the vegetarian dishes I learned to make for the vegetarians in our family and like so much I make it for myself.

Mexican Casserole (Vegetarian version)

  • 6 small flour tortillas
  • 1/2 jar mild salsa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 package Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 can Ranch style black beans
  • 1 can vegetarian (fat free) refried beans
  • 4 Tbs butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and spices and stir until the spices are toasted. Add broth and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add beans and salsa. Grease a casserole dish. Tear up 3 of the tortillas and spread the pieces on the bottom of the casserole. Layer with half the bean mixture and half the cheese. Tear the other 3 tortillas up and scatter them over the cheese, then finish with the rest of the bean mixture and the rest of the cheese. Sprinkle with green onions, if you like. Cover and bake for about half and hour, uncover and bake for another fifteen minutes. Or you can cook it in a slow cooker (crock pot).

After the lunch, I came home and we had a birthday party for me, my husband and one of our sons-in-law. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what I got. It was a full day, and it’s time to sign off.

MA

Writing exercise: Do your characters go to church? If not, why not? If so, where do they go? If you’re having trouble getting a handle on one of them, go to church with him/her; what does he/she look at, think about, like or dislike about the building, sermon, pastor, music, dogma/doctrine, fellow parishioners?

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