Heeding God's Call is a "a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence." It has put out 176 t-shirts as a movable memorial for those dead from gun violence in metro D.C. in 2013. In June, it is installed at Church of the Pilgrims, Presbyterian, in my neighborhood.
Mt. Auburn Cemetery is well known as the nation's first "garden cemetery" which, though now the norm, contrasted with the gloomy church yard or burial ground. But Mt. Auburn does it better than any I've seen and there lies the mortal remains of many a famous Universalist and Unitarian.
I joined dear friends, also Unitarian Universalist ministers, Hank Peirce and Adam Tierney-Eliot, there on March 17 to visit a just a couple of luminaries and brave the late-winter ice.
Like most Southerners, I want black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. My husband and I thought this was the right time to inaugurate my late grandmother's West Bend Slo-Cooker.
My father discovered it years ago when he was cleaning out his mother's house. And wonders of wonders: the cooker, a bank account premium -- if you're old enough to remember those -- had never been used. From 1976, no less.
It worked like a charm, and the peas are tasty and vegan. (I used olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika and dried basil to taste.)
Happy New Year!