And then I thought…

I was thinking about what I’d write for today’s blog when I was interrupted. The web page was one I’d left open because there was a link I wanted to follow but hadn’t been able to get back to yesterday. The page was A Fair Critique of my ‘Letter to Roy’” Scot Loyd’s follow up to his original post (see my previous entry).

But it’s not the Critique, although it’s well worth reading in its own right, it’s what sprang out of one of the comments that captured my attention. I’m only going to say it’s a mind opening conversation. You’ll need to set aside 40 minutes to view Drew John Ladd called me out on racism, maybe a little bit more to stop, think, rehear, ponder.

I watched it and then I thought…

Things put aside…

I’ve been sorting. Sorting through inboxes, piles, etc. Not looking for anything specific, just looking to see what was there, what was still relevant. Not a lot, but one item did, it was a printout of a blog entry by Scot Loyd headed: A letter to Roy. He’s the black guy in my pictures.

Unlike most of what I’d sorted through that one avoided the wastebasket and went on top of a small stack of things I wanted to read again or follow-up on. The letter to Roy sounded more like something I could have written, 20 years earlier. Certainly not in 2020 about a friendship in 1989…

I’m not naive. I have little doubt, after watching Clergy fawn over… Well, let’s not go there because this blog entry isn’t about that. It is about the follow up, A Fair Critique to my “Letter to Roy” to those posts and, I think, a connection to Scot Loyd‘s blog today:

The sad reasons some are losing respect for the Church, and what we should do about it.

scotloydUncategorized February 23, 2021 5 Minutes

Several years ago, I posted this question on my facebook page: “For my friends who don’t attend church anywhere or did attend and have stopped, if you are willing to participate and be honest, I’d like to know why? You won’t receive any judgment or even a response from me unless you request one. I believe if, as a leader in a Christian Church, I can better understand the reasons people no longer attend church maybe I can better understand how to eliminate obstacles to the gospel. If you are uncomfortable posting feel free to inbox me. Look forward to reading your responses and thanks. Any takers?” 

A common theme that runs throughout is that people feel judged when coming to church…

Sometimes there’s a deeper reason why we’re led to put things aside until later. A timely post?

Just a Tree…

Introducing my original ATC (Art Trading Card), also known as ACEO (Art Card Editions Originals) available on eBay
Ray Hasson “Just a Tree” Introducing my original ATC (Art Trading Card), also known as ACEO (Art Card Editions or Originals) available on eBay by clicking above.

Just a tree
in late spring or early summer,

In mid winter,
with more snow coming,

It’s time to look forward
to grass being green
trees being in leaf

It’s just a tree
a little summer relief.

Well, it’s about time I got back to posting. I know I’ve made some stabs at starting and then fell short… Covid-19 of course not helpful when we’re living a more isolated life. It has giving me a chance to begin doing some of the things I find comfort in. My art, training, and a bum shoulder that required some Occupational Therapy got me working out. And of course some clearing out of the old… Thus, I wandered into eBay and that led to small Art Trading Cards, like the one illustrating this post. So now I have several of them on eBay and several more waiting to be listed.

So, along with the change of national leadership, I’m changing up my eBay connection. The name it’s currently under was a spur of the moment, we need to called something, idea. And so far it has been pretty much stuff-n-such4u (Stuff and such for you) but this blog is soon to be renamed and the eBay connection will carry the same name. I’ll leave you wondering what they’ll be called… So, look for another posting here soon…