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5/27/12 6:08 P

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First Day 5/20 - sang some truly beautiful music in church choir

First Day 5/27 - no choir, able to worship with Friends; moved to sing part of "Christ Has No Body Now But Yours".

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5/15/12 12:00 P

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First Day 5/6 was Day 6 of an 8 day silent retreat by the ocean. I so much needed the peace and rest.

First Day 5/13 pleasant laid back casual Mother's Day. Grateful for my mom and daughters.

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4/26/12 10:18 A

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I haven't seen my Friends for awhile because of vacations.

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4/23/12 9:17 A

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After the death of our family matriarch this weekend, I spent First Day 4/24 with F/friends. I think I'm wired for Greek comfort food. Had fabulous spanakopita when we went out for lunch and ate the whole homemade thing! Used up my lunch calories, two snacks, and part of dinner, but it was worth it for once. Back to normal 315 cal meals today.

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4/10/12 3:14 P

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First Day 4/1 - at a garden club for Meeting and the celebration of marriage that followed. It was my first Quaker wedding, and I was honored to have been asked to sing. I did two simple pieces unaccompanied. It was truly a beautiful First Day.

First Day 4/8 I am a paid singer in a liturgical church, and much as I enjoy the music, I missed the simplicity and unclutteredness of Meeting.

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3/14/12 4:35 P

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The time change was hard on everyone.

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Our meeting has been sparse, as people are attending other functions this time of year.

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3/4/12 9:50 P

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Grateful for my Sunday job as a singer; grateful for a sense of humor!

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First Day 2/26 was the last day I felt good before getting a stomach virus. Gratitude for usually good health. emoticon

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2/19/12 7:11 P

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First Day 2/19/12. Good words harking back to "remember". Important not only to look forward, but to look back and remember for the sake of learning, for the sake of gratitude....

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2/12/12 9:05 P

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First Day 2/13/12 - sang three different voice parts in two services today. In spite of the cold, was able to get in a short walk between services. I work as a singer on Sundays but stay connected with my Meeting in other ways. Going to Quarterly Regional gathering next week.

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2/5/12 9:23 P

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First Day 2/5 Yeah, I know it's SuperBowl Sunday, but I'm one of the minority who doesn't care. I had lunch out with a friend, went to a park, did cat maintainance--claws, ears, meds--on three unappreciative felines. High point of the morning: singing parts of the Schubert Mass in G as part of an actual service and not simply as concert music.

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2/4/12 3:45 P

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First Day 1/29/12 - beautiful Fla weather, went for a walk between services at the church where I sing (job). My Friends' monthly fellowship gathering was cancelled; I miss everyone. Looking forward to the next one.

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1/22/12 4:46 P

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First Day 1/22/12 Beautiful Fla day; celebrated my daughter's birthday. It actually SNOWED here the day before she was born. Now that everyone's gone home and the cleaning up almost finished, I'm feeling very tired, getting over head cold. Missing my Friends, looking forward to a potluck together soon.

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we're tiny and meet every other week

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1/19/12 9:52 A

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First Day 1/15/12 brought me a moment of deep compassion and connection with the two persons on either side of me. The Light in them was very clear in that moment.

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We met at a new location today, very nice, and quieter than the last place

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1/9/12 8:22 A

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First Day 1/8/12 Sang in church choir, 2 services, went for a walk between. Absolutely gorgeous Florida day.

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A delight, the First Day of the New Year, 1/1/12. It was a delight because I was able to go and be with my Friends. I have a job in a professional choir on Sunday mornings, so I'm challenged to find other ways to stay connected with my Quaker community, such as monthy potluck and discussion, other occasions, and email.

I see that you posted a year ago, JUSTBIRDY. For the record, we meet in a rented hall, with kitchen, there's ALWAYS food, and folks do tend to be good about pitching in, especially since we have to leave the hall set up as it was when we came.

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I visited another meeting, so that was fun. They have food, and a real kitchen, and all sorts of fun things afterwards. But, I was concerned that there was only one woman helping in the kitchen. So, I rolled up my sleeves and started in with the dishes. I am just wondering why those who wanted all the food don't help clean up afterwards.

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cold and rainy. We usually have some tea afterwards, and this time, an attender turned it on before the meeting was over. It makes lots of noise, and you think it will boil over. A different twist to the rise of meeting. After meeting, we rushed over to the hot tea before doing any announcements or anything.

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contact your nearest meeting and see if they know anyone your way. Chances are, they don't get to meeting much either, if it is so far.

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Today (First Day) was very productive (see my blog if you want the details). I would love to find a local worship group (the Meetings in my area are relatively far away) - I know there are Quakers near me, but I have no idea how to begin to contact them to see if they would be interested....

I have checked the New England YM website to see if there were "sanctioned" worship groups, and there aren't...

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Great idea, AMAZINGANN - Thank you!



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Hello Friends,
I just got home from riding my bike to and from Meeting, to find a message from our Team Leader (SP clerk?!) in my SP inbox, so I thought a First Day checkin might be fun as a sticky topic.

It felt great to ride my bike - it's a half hour each way, and it's mostly on a new bike trail. I live in Houston & our meeting's biggest challenge is how far-flung we are, so it is a great feeling to be able to ride my bike to meeting, since many Friends have to drive 45 minutes and more. I had ridden my bike to meeting for the first time this spring, and then today was my first time since I stopped for the scorching days of summer.

Riding my bike really feels like good preparation for meeting - there's a sort of unhurried reflective quality to it. Plus it gets my blood stirring, which seems to make for a better meeting for worship. It feels like healthiness has an influence on deepening worship.

Today, an old favorite fortune cookie wisdom came to me and stayed most of the hour: "Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought."

But given my day's events, I found myself moved to modify it: "Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought ... and long bike rides."

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