Sister Edith Myflesh
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25 October 2003
New Photos...
I've added some new photos to the photo album. They're from three events that I was too lazy to write journal entries for...
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06 September 2003
She's Back...
After a rather extended vacation, the Sister journal is back online. In honour of my elevation to Fully Professed Sister, I decided that a bit of a redesign was in order; I've replaced the old grey and white colour scheme with a nice dark red and white and made some changes to the images at the top and bottom. You'll also notice that the journal is a bit wider now. I've also updated the photo album and added my Sister bio to the site.

Of course, the redesign isn't the only thing that's happened since the journal went offline. read further …

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25 September 2002
Working Day and Night
I've been a busy nun of late. Folsom Street Fair weekend is second only to Pride weekend in how busy we are. I've been working with Sisters Constance and Saki, helping to plan and organise our mini-conclave over Folsom weekend. Since so many Sisters come in to San Francisco for Folsom, we like to get together and enjoy each other's company. And maybe do a little bitching and dishing as well. In any case, it will be at the Eagle this year, and, because it will be co-hosted by an online streaming gay porn site, we will have porn stars in attendance. Sisters and porn stars: two great tastes that taste great together.

I also finally have decided on an official Novice Project. As part of the process of becoming a Sister, the Novice has to plan, organise and throw an event. I finally realised that if I didn't get on it, it would be December and I would still have yet to do my project. One of the things that I think is especially cool about my project is that I am planning it in conjunction with another one of my Novice Sister's projects: her project will dovetail into mine quite nicely. And that is as it should be because, really, it's all about working together.
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17 August 2002
We will take over the world
In 1982, Sister Boom Boom ran for San Francisco City Supervisor under the "Nun of the Above" ticket. She had fabulous campaign ads, gave eloquent speeches and won 23,000 votes. She didn't win the election, but she came close. Could history repeat itself?

Twenty years later, Sister Betty is threatening to run for California State Governor. Although I have to be realistic and express my doubts about her actually winning, I definitely think that it's something she should do. As Betty points out on her site, neither of our current choices for Governor are especially appealing. Besides, it would be really cool if she did win.If you'd vote for Sister Betty for Governor, go over to her site and let her know.
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04 July 2002
The beautiful and talented Craig Morse
Thanks to the kind indulgence of the photographer, the pictures I mentioned have been placed into the photo album. The photographer is Craig Morse, who is amazingly talented and a pleasure to work with. With his keen eye and delightful charm, this Sisters thinks he's going to go far.
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02 July 2002
Say "lesbian"!
I'm plotzing! The first public pictures of Sister Edith can be found on the LGBT Center's website. There's a photo of my Mother and I from the Pride Parade as well as photos from the opening night of the Robert Rauschenberg exhibit. There will be more photography of Sister Edith as soon as she can get the pics from the absolutely yummy photographer who took them.

And, yes, there are a number of entries that need to be posted. Unfortunately, Sister has been too busy buying a new veil to post them.
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21 June 2002
Big Wheel Keeps On Turning
Happy Solstice and a joyous Alban Hefin!
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19 June 2002
Presents for me!
I spent part of the day with the lovely Sister Mary Mae. After discussing the video project for a bit, she rummaged through her closets and sent me home with lots of wonderful gifts including a pair of pretty platforms, two colour palettes, a make-up case and a gold shirt. Yay generous Sisters!
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10 May 2002
the world is a lot more beautiful, thanks to you
"Kevyn Aucoin, the makeup artist who attained an unusually wide-reaching fame ministering to faces both iconic and ordinary, died Tuesday in New York. He was 40."

"I like to see the joy when people realize the possibilities that are out there when they see their makeup after I'm done," Aucoin said.

I believe that we are here on this planet to make the most of what we've got and who we are, and contribute to the world so it's a little bit better when we leave it. I'm not saying that putting on makeup will change the world or even your life, but it can be a first step in learning things about yourself you may never have discovered otherwise. — Kevyn Aucoin

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bad nun joke #256
Sister Mary Katherine lived in a nunnery, a block away from Jack's liquor store. One day, in walked Sister Mary K. and said, "Oh, Jack, give me a pint o' the brandy."

"Sister Mary Katherine," exclaimed Jack, "I could never do that! I have never sold alcohol to a nun in my life!"

"Oh Jack", she responded, "it's only for the Mother Superior." Her voice dropped, "It helps her constipation, you know." read further …

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celestial seamstress
This is quite possibly one of the most eloquent descriptions of God that I've ever read.
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06 April 2002
Theology Lite
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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02 April 2002
17th Century Nun's Prayer

Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point, seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessing cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint — some of them are so hard to live with — but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the Devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

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29 March 2002
"I'm a challenge to your balance..."
Edith's version of Natalie Merchant's "Wonder", as sung on the way back from Santa Cruz with Sister Lola and Irene the Queen:

I believe
fate smiled and destiny
laughed as she came to my cradle
"know this child will be able"
laughed as my body she lifted
"know this child will be gifted
with love, with patience
and with faith
she'll wear white face!"

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14 February 2002
Shepherding the Youth / Opening the Convent
Gee, surprise: our kids have picked up some bad habits from their elders.

I'm a big believer in making sure that we, as a community, are taking care of our kids. Back in the day, it was every adult's job to take care of the youth, whether they were your kid or not. I think these are the "family values" that we should be getting back to. Am I my brother's keeper? I don't know about keeper, but I do think we need to be looking out for each other.

In an effort to increase their number and inform the general public, Catholic nuns in San Francisco have started hosting tea in their convents. Who knows? Maybe they'll start doing bar ministry next...
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06 February 2002
"Ladies of Pleasure"
Not surpisingly, Edith's all time favourite pasta sauce is puttanesca.

There are a number of stories that explain how this luscious sauce got its name. Our favourite is that this was the sauce that was made for the working girls after they were done for the morning. Consequently, puttanseca is dead simple to throw together and tastes amazing after you've been out for the evening.
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In our own way and time
Some months ago, I made the ignorant statement that the Sisters were more nun than actual nuns. Since then, I have learned better. There are a lot of nuns who do a lot of amazing work. One of those has died.

Sister Sarah Clarke, the prominent campaigner for the rights of Irish prisoners in Britain, has died. She was 82. The Galway-born nun came to prominence during the campaigns for the release of the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four. She was a daily presence in court during the appeals against conviction which eventually led to their release. However, her support for such causes began in the 1970s, and she was also involved in the campaign in support of the H-Block hunger-strikers.

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05 February 2002
"Whosoever eateth of my flesh..."
"Temples and initiation mysteries often use a sacrament, something to consume or a ritual to conduct, to change you through the worship process. We have carried this tradition over from pagan sacraments to the Holy Communion of the Catholic Church. We have even created new sacraments in our new temples, imbibing substances from the psychotropic to the mundane to imbue us with ritualistic power when descending to the underworld. Sacraments mark a start to a special time, a special place for ritual.

… Be careful in choosing which sacrament you wish to take. You can choose a specific drink, alcoholic or not, that you reserve for shamanic ritual when entering a nightclub. If you are only relaxing, and do not seek to open up the senses, then do not order that drink. The sacrament becomes a physical symbol to your body and spirit that there is magick to be done." — "City Magick", Christopher Penczak
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25 January 2002
"Religious life is about love and love is about risk."
I went out to dinner with some friends last night. As we talked about what I had been doing with the Order, one of my friends suggested that I read "Through the Narrow Gate" by Karen Armstrong. She said that it was an amazing look at one woman's journey through the Sisterhood. I think I'll have to pick up a copy.
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18 January 2002
"I have a dream…"
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's "Theory of Relativity" to serve. You don't have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant." — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
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16 January 2002
Stories of inspiration and devotion
Another pair of amazing and relevant articles. The first talks about the dwindling number of nuns in the United States. The article is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be a nun and the many different ways in which we are all moved to Work. I found a great deal of affirmation for my own calling and motivations for wanting to be Sister.

Touching and highly revealing, this article examines the beliefs of homeless children throughout the United States. "Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades." The stories resonate so loudly with many, many other mythic stories.
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15 December 2001
Individual Responsibility
Here are two tidbits that I found especially interesting, given my recent involvements. The first is a piece in the Village Voice talking about the resurgence of male-oriented groups (the army, firefighters, &tc.) and how our country's reaction to September 11 has resulted in a more vigorous drive to homogenise our society.

Satmars are a faith community; Santería is a cult. Men in uniform are heroes; dykes who dress alike are guilty of groupthink. Angry white males are a voting bloc; blacks who call themselves "race men" are a separatist cadre. The critique of identity politics applies only to groups that represent a threat to the order.

The second was this entry from Wil Wheaton. Wil brings up personal responsibility and our individual roles in society. And this, in turn, is very much what my involvement with the Sisters is about. If we, as individuals, approach each other with love and peace instead of anger and fear, imagine what a better world we might live in. If I'm at an event or out doing bar ministry and I can put a smile on one person's face, then I've fulfilled my calling.

I certainly don't want to suggest that we should ignore or repress anger or fear or any of the other negative emotions. Conflict is as human as sex and death. It is, however, how we choose to deal with conflict that makes us human. If, instead of reacting to a situation, we take the time to consider and respond to a situation, the chances are better that we will be coming from a much better place.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” — Woodrow Wilson

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