Friday Five: Transformations

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Mary Beth poses this week’s question:

For today’s Friday Five, share five occasions or events in your life that have been turning points…when you have felt like a new thing was being born. You can refer to the birth of children, career, your kitchen garden, or whatever moves you.

I think life is chock-full of turning points and we spend most of our life in transition, so I love this question. I challenged myself to think of 5 turning points in the last two weeks, and it was surprisingly easy.



1. TREE. My neighbor cut down my shade tree! (It was on his property.) I was very distressed about this, since I spend a great deal of time in my study, and now the sun will beat down on my window. I blogged about it because I felt “out of control.”

Yesterday, a package of trees arrived in the mail. See the package that looks like skis? Unbeknownst to me, my husband ordered a couple fast-growing loblolly pines and will plant them tomorrow. Friends, this is what love looks like!


cover2. BRAIN. I’m reading a book called “The Whole-Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, and am learning about the neuro-plasticity of the brain. It’s possible to pay attention to the neurons that “fire together and wire together” and actually assist the brain in becoming more organically integrated.

I love reading about the brain. The book is geared for parents of young children but is broadly applicable and easy to read.



3. BATHROOM. We’re getting our main bathroom completely remodeled. It’s the kind of thing I hate doing, mainly because I’m frugal, and remodeling represents a great outlay of money. But once I’ve decided it needs to be done and now is the time, what fun it is! I’m eager to see all the component parts come together. That’s our new tub and some of the tile work. The whole thing should be done within another 10 days.

4. BOOKS. I’ve been writing writing writing all week! I’m working on a spiritual memoir and it’s hard work, but then labor and delivery is always painful, right? And writing feels a lot like pregnancy — an extended developmental process that is largely unnoticed, except to the person actually doing it.

I’m also trying to make myself available to promote my book about pilgrimage, which came out last December. Book selling is a whole different kind of birth process than book writing — and just as steep a learning curve! I need to be more aggressive about setting up book events and promoting the books to groups who are going on pilgrimage, or who are interested in pilgrimage.

5. CHURCH. My job as the Worship Leader at Western Presbyterian Church in downtown Washington DC is coming to an end, as it was an interim position. My last Sunday is June 16, which is not far away. I have to figure out what’s next for me, work-wise. I really love part-time ministry work, because full-time ministry work is so all-consuming and I want to continue to carve out time to do my writing. I am looking for some new opportunity in ministry or writing that will provide an income stream and lend some structure to my days, but not take over my life.

And I wrote about all this without even mentioning my colonoscopy this past week, aren’t you glad?

How about your transformations? What kind of new life is being birthed in you? Thanks for asking, Mary Beth!

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I'm an essayist, memoirist, and Presbyterian pastor. My books are both spiritual memoirs -- "Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land" and "Ruined."

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10 thoughts on “Friday Five: Transformations

    • Hi Jules — There were actually 4 trees — think “4 big sticks.” I do intend to post a follow up photo at some point.

  1. Thanks for this great play! I’m so sorry about the tree loss, but I love that your husband bought new trees. A great transformation of sorrow!!

  2. I love the story about the trees. And lob lolly pines are so pretty.

    Thanks, too, for pointing out that transformations and turning points happen all the time.

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