the joys of senility


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I couldn’t find my credit card yesterday. I went through all of my dirty shirts, thinking I may have slipped it into a shirt pocket. Nope. I tried to think when the last time I had used it. Friday evening for Pizza? Eileen wasn’t around so I was on my own looking for it. I finally gave up.

Eileen arrived home at about the time I decided to go practice. She helped me look for my credit card. I realized that the last time I had used it was to purchase my prescription through the drive through window at Meijer. Maybe it was in the car. It was. Whew. I walked back into the house to tell Eileen.

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After practicing we went out to eat. I noticed that my phone wasn’t in my purse. I figured I had just forgotten to bring it. However, when we came home, it was not on the charge stand where I try to keep it.

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Eileen and I drove to church to see if I left it there when practicing. No sign of it. We stopped off at Evergreen Commons to see if anyone had turned it in. I seem to remember having it with me when I exercised. This is probably last time I remembered having it.

We came home and searched the house.  I returned to church and looked more thoroughly not neglecting to check in the office to see if someone had found it at the organ and turned it in. Nothing.

Finally we gave up. I am losing my mind.

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If I don’t find it today I guess I will report it to the phone people and see what happens. Ay yi yi.

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I lay in the darkness this morning (without my phone) and read in Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.

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Dyson is a Baptist minister I confused Dyson with Rev William Barber with whom I have been impressed.

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However, this book has something to say.

I was impressed how Dyson has written a text for anyone, not just believers. In this, he reminds me of Thomas Merton. Dyson narrates a church service about racism for whites. The first chapter is called “Hymns of Praise.”

Laying in the darkness this morning I made a Spotify playlist of the songs he talks about.

I have been listening to them this morning, hoping that the loud hip hop will not disturb Eileen.

Hymns of Praise

Take the word “overseer, ” like a sample
Repeat it very quickly in a crew for example
Officer, Officer, Officer, Officer!
Yeah, officer from overseer
You need a little clarity?
Check the similarity!
The overseer rode around the plantation
The officer is off patrolling all the nation

Watch this one.

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