Visas arrived today FedEx from Tanzanian embassy. Tour permit is on file. I just need to call and confirm with airlines, and we are officially on our way!
Thank you, Jesus!
I have now received personal letters (well, as personal as a Congressman's office can produce) from both my U.S. Senators and my U.S. Representative regarding my e-mail to them on Net Neutrality. Both Senators are riding the fence, saying thank you for your concern, and there's a lot to this; my Rep is solidly FOR Net Neutrality. So, a tip of the ol' hat to Mike Sodrel, and points to Dick Lugar and Evan Bayh for acknowledging my screed.
Really, folks, the number of citizens who actually write, e-mail, or call their Congressmen have an influence out of all proportion to their actual numbers. Congress really, really, really responds to personal communications (not form letters). So look up those e-mail addresses, and write your Congresspeople today.
I met with a young couple this afternoon who are planning on getting married this summer. The young man in question is a lifelong United Methodist; his quirk is, he wants to dress in a kilt to honor his Scots heritage. Well, that doesn't shake me. But his bride has a different thing going.
She apparently has no direct religious background. She was baptized Catholic, but has not been a practicing Catholic. Her great-grandfather founded a Russian Orthodox church somewhere, and there is a strong background there in her family. She would like to know if there is some wedding tradition she could insert in a UM liturgy which would honor her family's history, make them feel welcome. I suggested lighting candles before an icon and kissing it, but she's never done that, and it doesn't communicate anything to her.
So, any suggestions that wouldn't be too complicated to pull off? I'm not trying to do faux Orthodoxy here, just looking for something that the young woman and her family might find meaningful.