“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Monday, December 06, 2010

Seattle Weekend


Serena, me, Barb


Oh, what a delightful weekend I've had. Beginning with a fabulous meet-up with Serena and Barb on Thursday. Serena collected me from Sea-Tac and we drove to west Seattle for a meet-up with Barb at Dukes.

Dukes is on the western shore of the Puget Sound facing east toward the city of Seattle and the Space Needle. The sun was setting and the view was beautiful

I had the most delicious cup of lobster pernod bisque....we talked and talked and talked (well, I did anyway) for several hours...it was fun. 

Leaving we drove south and then east, with a spectacular view of the city skyline - it was breathtaking!

I spent the later part of Thursday night in meetings preparing for the weekend work. On Friday we started at 9am, gathering up the rest of our supplies and headed south to the Dumas Bay Retreat Center in Federal Way. Two of us on the planning team/staff settled into the center and set up our meeting space while the third one served as a shuttle making a couple of trips to the airport to collect people as they arrived.

We began the meeting Friday night and finished this morning. I'll write more, later, about the structure of the weekend. For now, suffice it to say I met some really wonderful people, heard some powerful stories, and expanded my understanding of God, other human beings, and myself.

Now I am back in Seattle in a hotel room with a great view of Mt. Rainier...well at least it was great when the sun was up. Soon, bedtime and tomorrow, a flight home.