Today: Happy Halloween! Happy NaNoWriMo Eve! Happy Reformation Day!
Tomorrow/Sunday: Happy All Saints’ Day!
Monday: Happy All Souls’ Day!
Wednesday: Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Did I leave anyone out?

As I said to my Calvinist friend, “my little ecumenical heart is always a little sad on Reformation Day.” I’m glad for Luther and what he did, but I still hope for a day when the Church is reconciled to itself.

I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year (a dagger into my heart, let me tell you), but I am writing: it’s my turn for Bede. So for tradition’s sake I will watch a vampire movie tonight and stay up until midnight to write the first few lines. Good luck writing, fellow writers! This year I’m “a lover, not a writer,” in the NaNo sense. I salute you! May your fingers be swift, your caffeine be strong, and your word count multiply like rabbits. If you’re doing NaNo this year, let me know, so I can send you pretty pep talk cards and whatever other goodies I can.

On Monday, the Renaissance Group will be performing for an All Souls’ Requiem Mass. It’s our first performance so I’m nervous, but excited too.

Funny how all these holidays snuck up on me. In Oklahoma you were always forewarned by the sudden weather change in October: the dark stormy clouds, blustering winds, leaves swirling in a flurry of wind-borne fire, the sharp crispness of the air, the tanginess of apple cider, scents of dampness and occasional woodsmoke. Here the weather has been the same since I arrived, if getting gradually yet progressively colder. Today Felic and I are going to carve pumpkins, and then maybe it will actually feel like Halloween.

Edit: Well, we don’t have time to carve pumpkins, but the lady at the University Travel Agency wore a witch’s hat while we BOOKED OUR TICKETS TO ROME. I’m going to Rome for Reading Week!

3 thoughts on “Festivities!

  1. Melinda says:

    I noticed you said, “I’m glad for Luther and what he did, but I still hope for a day when the Church is reconciled to itself.”

    We believe the church has been restored and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the fulness of the Gospel as it was when Jesus lived on Earth. It’s pretty awesome. Just wanted to let you know this as you continue your exploration and try to satsify your ecumenical heart.


    I’d love to talk to you more about it. Hope you have a great reading week!


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