I wrote this Friday Five a while back but was unable to post it. Just saying, so you know I am not ill! :-) Actually I am heading out of town and will not be able to read your posts till sometime early next week, but I'll do so then. Have fun, and don't think too hard about this one. I figured we were due for some fun after Lent and Good Friday and Easter and all that churchy stuff! Four days of being mostly in bed with a reallyhowever, has been cheated in my case and I am up and taking nourishment. In that vein of thought, do you have a "Bucket List"? In other words, from the movie of the same name, five things you want to see, do, accomplish, etc. before you kick the bucket?
This is a biiiig bucket. :-)
Get legally married, knowing that we'll have the same rights and protections as any other couple as we age in the state where we live. Things are starting to look promising as momentum builds across the country!
Go back to seminary: maybe chaplaincy, maybe full ordination. If ordination, focus on homiletics. Learn to read Biblical Greek & Hebrew.
See a sunrise over the Grand Canyon, leaf-peep in New England, sail through the Fjords of Norway, dogsled on the Alaskan Glaciers, go on a "culture spree" in NYC, see the ancient wonders of Rome, eat my way through Tuscany, hear great German music in person, and lie on the beaches of the Mediterranean. Hmmm... and maybe, once, Christmas in London--including Lessons & Carols at King's College, a pilgrimage to Aldeburgh and time at Iona, while I'm in the neighborhood.
Keep my choirs growing and healthy. Keep challenging myself as a conductor. Learn to play trombone & bassoon, and spend some time in a community orchestra (playing one of those or taking up cello again, with Lori as my stand partner), just for the fun of it. Maybe conduct one.
Suffer a near-miss with a big bag of money falling from the sky. Though it won't fall on my head and kill me, it WILL make possible all of the above, as well as a quiet spot on a lakeshore to call our own, with regular time:
- to be with Beloved and watch her create things
- to read
- to hang out with our pups
- to write music and poetry (maybe publish something?)
- to just be in nature