Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

shrike and marital matters

Sunday I took Beatrice for a morning walk in which she enjoyed seeing (but not being able to reach) rabbits and a squirrel. I went to Weight Watchers at 9:30 a.m., where my weight was up two tenths of a pound. My effort to track food carefully has worked out well, as I expanded the list of things I eat without expanding my waist line. At 10:30 a.m., I went to Living Life Church, a satellite church of First UMC that emphasizes a casual, pop-song worship experience.
The minister, a good guy, came up to say hi and had noticed on social media that I like bird watching. His mom was a bird watcher, and he explained trying to get his kids to love birds.

Near the outset of the service, he explained how the United States Supreme Court ruling does not mean the church will conduct weddings with same sex participants yet. The matter will have to go before the next General Assembly. I prefer the Unitarian Universalists on this point, who have advocated for same-sex marital rights for years. The minister took a particularly appropriate tone about the whole thing. He surprised me a bit by explaining that his brother was in a same-sex marriage, and challenging everyone to respect and dialogue, no matter one's position. Then he preached the Prodigal Son parable, and talked about the concept of grace. I liked his approach. I liked less that the service ran 90 minutes instead of 60. But sometimes you have to give an extra half an hour when a fellow's heart is in the right place.

I went for lunch at Subway sandwich. Then I went for a walk at Harold Bacchus Community Park.
I found that this ballfield park now links up with the Taychas Trail, which I usually hike from the other end, at Limestone Quarry Park. This means that I could bring a bicycle and have a good, long ride. I listed the birds I saw, and thought I was not seeing anything new for my eBird list. Then I saw a Eurasian Collared Dove, a common bird but one missing from my list. That made me happy. I wish I had seen the Painted Bunting whose song I heard, but I count blessings rather than buntings lost.

I stopped by to see my brother. I presented him with a used copy of the CD "Uriah Heep Live, 1973", which I bought at Forever Young records the previous weekend. He had been a big Heep fan when he was a young teen, so I knew he would enjoy it. I had listed to it several times since I bought it, and enjoyed it. He was glad to get it. We walked together as he walked his dog Arnold, a charming Chihuahua mix. We talked of our upcoming vacations, and his wife's love for K-Pop.

In the late afternoon, I did organizing things, which always feels like accomplishing nothing to me but actually is quite useful. I will do more tonight. I spent the evening quietly.

Today I got a lot done at work. I took a walk at lunch at Heritage Park in Sachse, where I took a picture of a Loggerhead Shrike and of a Cottontail Rabbit. I picked up roasted chicken on the way home at Golden Chick, as my wife is studying for something work-connected. I took a walk on the Chisholm Trail and am now relaxing at home.

Our state attorney general issued a press release encouraged public officials to ignore a ruling of the highest court in the land regarding the right to marry. It was a sad thing.

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