About

I live in the land of enchantment which is New Mexico. We are recent arrivals in Las Cruces which is far to the south, about forty miles north of El Paso. The high desert is beautiful and the mountains provide constant enjoyment. I live in the foothills of the Organ Mountains in the Chichuahuan desert which extends deep into Mexico.

I’m a housewife, my husband and I both retiring early. He is called the Contrarian here since he loves to be provocative.  We are retired and have been since age 45. We met and married in 1999. I was from Connecticut, originally from Michigan. Parker, my husband was a life-long resident of Iowa,  but for a stint in the army during the Vietnam war.

We garden, and I love to cook. I love flowers and other nature and enjoy some photography from time to time. I’ll be posting pictures on this particular page of the pets and other things that I want to memorialize.

I craft a bit, mostly quilting and knitting and crochet. But I enjoy trying other news things and have done some beading as well. I love to read and have very eclectic tastes. As you see reflected in the categories and link categories, I read a large variety of things. Much is non-fiction but I do like literature as well.

I am a life-long Democrat, bordering on anarchist,  a Catholic by conversion in 1993, and a near nun. I am passionate about my faith journey. I question, explore and constantly read a wide variety of things. Everything helps me to see God  more clearly I believe. I love theology and biblical study. I am decidedly a progressive in my Church.  I love art, and I occasionally paint myself, though I can’t draw at all. I play with color, which is something I find breathtaking in nature.

I sometimes meditate, though I’ve gotten away from it lately. I walk our dog Diego six days a week for an hour. I swim three days a week at the city pool.  My husband and I talk all day long, at least it seems so, and we agree in general on most things, but can have some lively conversations on a few topics. We generally agree about politics. He is better read than I and to tell the truth, smarter. He beats me at Jeopardy regularly.

I am a voice that cries out from the foothills, and like John, I seek to preach, but not about salvation, although it is salvation of a sort. I seek to express the truth as I see on the issues of the day, and hopefully encourage you to speak out too and to become active in curing the ills of our world. From poverty, to racism, sexism, genderism, and climate change–from the increasing stranglehold of big business on our government to the plight of those other beings who share this planet with us, I am a voice.

Surely I will not always be right, but I will be always be trying to be right. Let us reason together for the sake of us all.

Hope you enjoy my blog and I hope you will become a regular visitor.

65 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hey, caught ya before you could finish this page, I see.
    If you’ll send me your snailmail address I’ll make sure you get a U book; I always have a few around for people just like you, and it would make me happy to gift you.

    I think you have more friends than you know. 😉

    Saitia@UrantianSojourn.com

  2. I like the new look for your blog.

    Erm…uh… I should have asked you before I did it, but…. um…
    is it ok to include a link to the blog in my CAF signature?

  3. You sure can Dale. I’ve had some traffic from there recently. I bet, if I go back I’ll be really reamed since it seems rather certain I’m defecting to the Anglican Church quite soon. LOL. Feel free to carry my link there of course. I find a few rather intelligent people there at CAF. I probably will return in a couple of weeks after I’ve renewed myself among the sane!

  4. Google alert brought me your post about Hubler/King. If you are in the Fifth District and would like to support Hubler through writing about this race, I would be glad to add you to the internet campaign email list. I am sending out regular notices to people about on line opportunities to comment, etc. You have my email address.

  5. I love the family pictures! I am fond of dogs, and have had several (none at present), but I love cats. I am owned by three felines, but if I had room (and finances) I would house a dozen, at least. All my babies are indoor creatures, though; I lost my sweetest kitty to poisoning a few years ago, and reacted by restricting the movements of the others. I just couldn’t bear to lose another one.

    Your new blog appearance (including the header) is growing on me. The main thing, of course, is what you write, and that I appreciate, whatever the format.

  6. Thank you Pat. I am having a ball with this blog, especially now that I figured out how to upload my own pics. I do know what you mean about losing animals. We let all ours roam, and to be sure, we have worried a good many times about cats who didn’t come through at least once in 24 hours. Mostly they do though, finding it more comfortable here and a ready meal any hour.

  7. Sherry,

    I think I’ve found a kindred soul! Your blog is terrific, and all over the map, which suits my Lint Trap Brain wonderfully. I’ll be back!

  8. Interesting! I will have to read more when time allows:)

  9. Sounds like a good life.
    Thanks for the comment.
    I have included you in my blog roll.

    Wily Trax

  10. Sherry, I am also 58. Both my husband and I are also retired, but we don’t live on so much land. I was glad to read about you, esp. about your faith experiences and joining the Anglican church, like me!

  11. Nice changes to your page!!!

    Many blessings m’dear.

  12. Got to your blog via Straight-Friendly. We’re from Iowa City, then Hawaii, now Ohio — and it’s cold here, so you folks must be……….burrrr. Iowa winter sends chills down my spine. Drop me an email.

  13. Hi there,

    I just started a blog a few weeks ago on human evolution, anthropology, bones, etc, and I am trying to get connected to other blogs that deal with similar topics. I came across yours, which I love (and thereby came across many other blogs displayed on your website). I was wondering if you could check out my blog, and if you think it’s appropriate, place a link to it on your website? I have already placed a link to yours on mine, you can check if you’d like.

    www. annnasbones.wordpress.com

    Thank you for you time 🙂

  14. Ooops! mistyped my own blog’s name..

    www. annasbones.wordpress.com

  15. Your review of Ehrman’s newest book was quite helpful. It was balanced and fair. The photo at the top of the review is intriguing. It is obviously a photo of a sunrise or a sunset. Where?

  16. Ronald, the sunset is in Hawaii. The photograph was taken by Clark Little, and you can check out his site with tons of these gorgeous photos from the sidebar link here under photography.

  17. Lovely. Just clicked over from One Iowa on Twitter. I’m an Iowan by breeding and at heart… and you bring a smile to my face. I’ll keep reading.

  18. Hi goldfish. Welcome and hope you enjoy your visits. I’m a bit eclectic, so you just never quite know what to expect.

  19. I wonder if you could tell people why you’re defecting. What has the Catholic Church done or not done to feed you?

  20. David, access the “autobiography” category on the sidebar and go to the last several posts on Godly Humor. That is my spriitual journey to date. 🙂

  21. I’m really enjoying your blog. I posted one of your recipe’s on my blog and added you to my blog list.

    Like you , I’m in my early 50’s, love the spiritual journey God has me walking toward and I love nature, flowers, crafts etc.
    You get the picture!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope to see more of you in the blogosphere!

  22. dirt clustit said:

    Hello, wandered to your blog when it showed up in my tag surfing mode. Anyway, I really enjoy your style and sense of humor. I can be kind of a nut sometimes so I figured I had better say hi here.
    I’m often off in my own little universe up in my head so please excuse me if I don’t make any sense (I commented on your what had god wrought post in the way I did cause it reminded my of some random lyrics thrown in between songs on a white zombie album…..hope I didn’t come off as a freak)

    🙂 Hope the day treats you well Sherry

  23. dirtclustit said:

    You are awesome

    You are kind

    thank you

  24. HAHA! A Democrat AND a Christian. Sorry darling, the two are mutually exclusive. You’re either a defender of sodomy and sodomites, or you believe in the word of God.

    • Thanks for your basic intolerance. Welcome to the conversation. As I said elsewhere, its refreshing to know we are not the only home to the nuts of the world. Apparently the UK breeds crazy awful selfish people too!

    • Oh and Larry, I will continue to edit your comments to remove profanity such as you exhibit. And why exactly does a perfect Christian like yourself want me to engage in sex acts with animals?

  25. I just came across you at WP’s tag surfer. You’ve created something quite wonderful here and I shall return often.

  26. wonderful blog

  27. I am so glad I found your blog! I live in the Quad Cities and I’m very sad that so many of our Episcopal churches left the church lately for the an Anglican judicatory because they would not open their hearts to all of their members. I belong to a United Church of Christ congregation, but I have worked in the Interfaith/Ecumenical community for over 15 years and have many friends across the religious spectrum.

    Some things about the Roman Catholic Church are great–especially their work to eradicate poverty, but they have a long way to go when it comes to accepting all people as God makes them.

    Peace,

    Diane

    • Greetings Diane, Nice to meet a fellow Iowan! I am saddened by the split in TEC and pray that it resolves. Certainly all the mainstream congregations seem to be dealing with this issue. Some who have left the TEC because of it for the Lutherans for instance, now find themselves caught in the same dilemma again! I learned about the UCC when I read Robin Meyer’s book, Saving Jesus from the church. No doubt I would find a home there as well as in my church. Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Man! You’re last paragraph could describe my life to a tee. The second paragraph is close, except I left the Catholic church 30 years ago and was an ardent Republican until around 7 years ago. I think that was my real conversion experience.

  29. Barbara O' Brien said:

    Dear Feather Adrift,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn’t find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger. Please email me back at barbaraobrien@maacenter.org when you get a chance. Thanks.

    Barbara

  30. Hello, wandered to your blog when it showed up in my tag surfing mode. Anyway, I really enjoy your style and sense of humor. I can be kind of a nut sometimes so I figured I had better say hi here.I’m often off in my own little universe up in my head so please excuse me if I don’t make any sense (I commented on your what had god wrought post in the way I did cause it reminded my of some random lyrics thrown in between songs on a white zombie album…..hope I didn’t come off as a freak)
    +1

    • Jack, we are kinda all freakish here and so don’t apologize or refrain. If we don’t understand, we just smile and move on. Mostly we get it though. Welcome to our world.

  31. Hello, wandered to your blog when it showed up in my tag surfing mode. Anyway, I really enjoy your style and sense of humor. I can be kind of a nut sometimes so I figured I had better say hi here.I’m often off in my own little universe up in my head so please excuse me if I don’t make any sense (I commented on your what had god wrought post in the way I did cause it reminded my of some random lyrics thrown in between songs on a white zombie album…..hope I didn’t come off as a freak)
    +1

  32. Hello, wandered to your blog when it showed up in my tag surfing mode. Anyway, I really enjoy your style and sense of humor. I can be kind of a nut sometimes so I figured I had better say hi here.I’m often off in my own little universe up in my head so please excuse me if I don’t make any sense (I commented on your what had god wrought post in the way I did cause it reminded my of some random lyrics thrown in between songs on a white zombie album…..hope I didn’t come off as a freak)
    +1

  33. Hi, nice to meet you !

  34. Here, at the end of the year
    I feel the need to tell you again
    how much yr blog, regular & right on,
    pleases me
    Please continue, thanx, and the best to you
    our next year
    G

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Namelessneed. I truly appreciate it, as I so appreciate your poetry. I read them all I think. Some are so touching to me. Thank YOU.

  35. Well, here I am, another former Connecticut type, retired…but I’m in a small college town in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
    Aside from our shocking separation of religious beliefs (I am an Episcopalian turned atheist lo these pat 40 years), we are very similar in political beliefs and liberal tendencies.
    I like your blog a lot and I hope you’ll visit mine:
    Under The LobsterScope

  36. Carly Miller said:

    Hi,

    I have a quick question about your site. Would you mind emailing me back @ carlymiller687@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Carly

  37. Wyn Thomas said:

    I happened on your website this morning, and was captivated by it. Thank you, thank you!!

  38. Sherry – your name/link in comments at my place is broken. Your name appears but it isn’t a link. This just happened with another commenter too. Don’t know why.

  39. Just wanted to let you know Sherry that I have added you to my blog roll on my my site. Been meaning to do that for some time now but just can’t overcome my addled brain consistently enough.

    Really love your clever and witty posts

  40. Hey, Sherry —

    I’ve taken the liberty of nominating you for a blogging award:

    http://luddyslens.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/im-a-nomineeeeee/

    And welcome to the West!

    — Dolly.

  41. Hi Sherry! Mike Morrell and I really appreciate your blog, and think you’d be an excellent candidate for our Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

    You’re not on any contact lists, I promise; if you don’t respond, that’s it, and the invitation is open as long as you’re actively blogging. Hope you join us!

  42. ermmm…

    Should that be “A Progressive PERspective…”?

  43. Hi! I’m Sue, and I’m from SlimKicker, a diet/fitness app and online website. I found your blog yesterday and it captured my interest!

    I’m contacting you b/c we’re about to release a fitness tracker (similar to FitBit) early next year, and are looking for bloggers who would be interested in getting 1 for free to review when it is out (negative or positive).

    Would you be interested in doing this? You can email me at: sue (at) slimkicker (com) with ‘Review’ in the email heading if you are.

    For your info, our online website SlimKicker basically turns your diet/fitness goals into a fun level-up game. The tracker will work with the website, and allow people to track calories burned and number of steps they walk automatically. The more they exercise, the more points they rack up! That’s basically how it will work.

    Anyway, hope to hear back either way…

    – Sue
    P.S. You can choose not to display this comment as this is more of a private comment 🙂

  44. Like you being so upfront and honest. Enjoyed reading your blog. Pretty cool write.
    Rob

  45. Thanks for dropping by my blog.Sure the contents of your blog.May there be many more to come…

  46. Love your blog! So I nominated you for the Lieber Award! http://babygirlluvskisses123.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/856/

  47. Reason in an age of non-reason. Best, from a radical moderate.

  48. Hello, Sherry! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

  49. What an interesting and forthright person you are Sherry. I shall enjoy following your blog…..any woman who played with the notion of becoming a nun is a brave woman, as I have known a few who after many years under the veil have found themselves living wonderful lives out in their chosen communities.

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