The view from the hill: in the beginning

Having spent the last year wishing I had a way to address various topics/issues/perspectives apart from social media, getting this blog seemed like a great idea.

Until coming up with the initial posting.  Starting with a name for it.

‘The View from the Hill’ has been the title of my church newsletter essays for 20 years and seems to fit.  After all, I live on a hill (‘tho who doesn’t in northern NH?)… I’m a woman of a certain age who has both endured and enjoyed the peaks and valleys of experiencing life in the times I was born into, most of them now in my adopted North Country of NH (climbing up a long road that took me from western MA to Boston to NY state to here)….I’ve been a daughter, a wife, a mom and grand, and a wife again and have had (and still enjoy) careers in printing and publishing, business and the arts, and Christian ministry.  Along the way, I came to the mountain of faith that conquers fears.  Which would, I guess, include the fear of the initial, blank, electronic page.

Don’t let the “f” word (faith) dissuade you from reading.  This is not a religious blog, even though it’s part of our church site; nor is it a secular one, despite the fact that we all live in an increasingly secular culture.

Mostly, I hope it’s a place where the meanderings of mindful thought and abiding faith reflect on the mundane, the ridiculous, the joyful and the challenging ups, downs (and sideways) aspects of engaging life as best I can.  The views are mine alone, not pastoral imperatives; no teaching or preaching or evangelism — other than anything you might be prompted to explore from anything good or useful to you that might be modeled in the essays.

And, as expected, you’ll find an occasional F(aith) bomb in the form of a Bible verse like this one in the spirit of Paul’s words to the Phillipians:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

I hope something I write might amuse you.  Or prompt you to think.  I’m not looking for arguments or criticism or even belly laughs – if you want to have a conversation, call me.  Or write me, ‘tho keep it constructive.

Welcome to my view of God’s world ~