I’ve been trying to move more slowly this week. Perhaps that is my spiritual practice for this week we call Holy Week. I have been trying not to hurry and to take plenty of time for whatever I’m doing.

Walking the labyrinth can help to slow me down. I’ve taken the RCWMS labyrinth two different places in the last two weeks. Last week, it was at Duke Chapel for a day.

The lights are dim and it is usually very quiet in the chapel.

Then this week the labyrinth was at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. There was a new sign announcing the Holy Week Labyrinth Walk this year.

Below is a picture of what the labyrinth looks like when it is spread out inside Binkley Baptist Church.

I hope you have walked a labyrinth. If not, you might want to hunt around for one.

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Feed Protesters in Madison

Want to help the protesters in Madison, WI?  Send food.

I remember the joy we felt during the Obama campaign when gift pizzas started arriving at Faulkner and Gunther’s house in Durham. People who lived miles and miles away were donating food to fuel the campaign workers in a swing state.

When my friend Tim Tyson got back from a weekend visit to the protests in Madison, he posted this note on his Facebook page: “The Egyptians actually sent pizzas. You can send some food to the protesters via gift cards at Willie Street Co-op, 608-251-6776. Or send a pizza from Ian’s 608-257-9248.”

A quick Internet search revealed that Ian’s has been deluged with calls from all over the country and all over the world. Being a vegetarian and learning that Ian’s was not open at 8:00 AM Madison time, I called the Co-op. A friendly female voice took my credit card number and promised to send some food to the protesters.

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Pauli Murray Exhibtion of Textiles

There was a great article in the Durham Herald Sun today about the RCWMS exhibition of textiles in honor of Pauli Murray.  Exhibition is up all of November at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Durham. Reception is Friday, Nov. 19, 6:00-9:00 pm.

See the article: here

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At the Dark End of the Street

You think you know the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Or do you?

I attended a fabulous reading this evening by Danielle McGuire. She was reading from her new book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. There was organizing going on in Montgomery and elsewhere in response to the rape of black women way before Rosa Parks sat down on a bus. McGuire’s amazing book will explain American history to you in a new way. See:

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The right to choose

I strongly suggest you watch this interview. Rachel Maddow talks with Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell (pictured here) of Princeton University about the startling fact that we have 5 female Republican candidates for US Senate this year who are running on a platform of no abortions ever, for anyone, even in cases of rape or incest.  Harris-Lacewell points out that unfortunately rape and incest are still prevalent in this country.  The candidacies of these women come on the heels of Sarah Palin’s.  All of this bears watching. (The Harris-Lacewell part of the show starts at the 8 minute mark.)  Here’s the link:

Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris Lacewell

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Nell Painter

I attended a fabulous afternoon with historian Nell Painter yesterday at Duke Library.  Amazing woman.  Read her work.  This evening I watched a video of Dr. Painter on The Colbert Report.  She is exactly the right person to arm wrestle Stephen Colbert.  See it here:
Nell Painter on Colbert Report

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Red Rocks of New Mexico

I’m on vacation in New Mexico visiting my friend Sally who is here for her birthday.  Today we sat on a rock, ate lunch, and studied these views in the neighborhood of Abiquiu, NM. It is so gorgeous that it looks like someone made up the views.

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