Sunday, May 24, 2009

Putting it all together . . .


I started blogging very privately earlier this year, picking a pseudoname and an obscure blog title, and for some reason, nobody noticed or at least nobody commented. That blog was about, more or less, the spiritual side of my life. This blog ("Is there anyone else up there?") has been about pretty much anything going on in my life - except for the spiritual side of things. The tone has been more tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted, than my first blog, which had perhaps somewhat too much of a weighty or sometimes academic tinge.

For some reason, religion/spirituality is harder to talk about than most other things about us, except in contexts or communities where there is already tacit permission for God-talk/Spirit-talk. (I am really fortunate that one of these places is the college classroom setting where I teach one course a semester as an adjunct in Religious Studies. This is an overload to my "day job" doing college student services administration.) But I will say that, even though I am a member of the Society of Friends - where a spiritual practice and religious experience are supposed to be common ground - even in that community, many people struggle to find ways of talking about what is really going on with themselves spiritually. And there are many, many differences among us in my Friends Meeting - often around this difficult notion we call "God".

So, I'm plunging in today and uploading into this current blog the postings from that other, hidden blog, with the thought that this writing reflects important parts of the puzzle that is me. Maybe there are other long-dormant puzzle pieces that will stand up and want a voice (the poet part of me? the memoirist part of me?). You'll find them in January and February.

Let me know what you think!

6 comments:

Таня said...

Interesting... Can't wait to read your posts on college teaching, mindfulness, and other topic.

Mary Ellen said...

I'll be interested in your responses. Thanks for stopping by!

Minka said...

I can't wait either. :))

Mel said...

I'm so glad for you -- I think this is a good and very valid thing you are doing by sharing your views on spirituality.....if folk don't like it, they can go elsewhere, right?

I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts....

~brightest blessings~

ellen abbott said...

One of my core interests...spirituality and the origins of religion. I like to talk about that stuff.

Leone said...

Hi Mary Ellen, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy your new camera as much as I enjoy mine. It is a record or how I see the world. I look forward to seeing your photos.