Tina L Porter

#UULent: Rest

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During my first cup of coffee, while I was sitting on the couch under two blankets, one cat walked toward me and settled in on my legs. Sometime after my husband refilled my cup, a second cat slunk up and decided that she, too, needed to be on me and took up residence on my […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Partnership

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On our last night in Tucson, we danced to a live band in a hotel ballroom and I was reminded how much we like to dance–and how seldom we take the time to do so. The crowd had dwindled by the time I kicked off my dress-up flip flops (how does anyone dance in flip […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Love

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I’ve been ruminating on love today, a day where I am home alone with three cats who have been insisting, in turns, on being adored. But I went to the stored photos on my phone, thinking I could find a suitable selfie with my husband as my “love image.” And I did, but then I […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Courage

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I woke up thinking about Jesus. This is not typical for me. While I am participating in the Unitarian Universalist Lenten practice (#UULent), I must be as clear as possible: I do not identify as Christian. And, yet … I woke up thinking of Jesus. I wasn’t thinking of the things Jesus said. I was […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Surrender

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I was getting ready to write about Surrender in the context of giving in to my chronic illness and the neediness of my cats, who surrounded me on the couch today, insisting that I lay low one more day after 10 days of travel. But then, I looked up and saw the snow coming down […]

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Tina L Porter

UULent and quiet

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It is very late here, right now. Others are observing lent by giving things up (like chocolate or alcohol) or adding things in (like exercise and sleep), but I am–as a non-Christian, non-observant type of person–going to try to follow the #UULent practice, as outlined, here: And now, I realize, I have started it out […]

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Tina L Porter

Listen Up!

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Join me at a Poetry Reading and Open Mic event hosted by Community Supported Art Valparaiso: March 11 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Red Cup Cafe in Chesterton, Indiana I would love to have your support and also to hear you read. Join me, it’ll be fun! Here’s a link to more information.

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Tina L Porter

Here in the Middle Book Event

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Oh, I’m super excited. Next Saturday, I’ll be joining some of the other authors in the Chicago-land area for an author meet-and-greet/book signing for Here In The Middle. If you are in the area, join us (details, below). If you can’t make it, here’s a slide show to share some of the people in the […]

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Tina L Porter

B. Safe

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B. Safe “B. Safe” she wrote on my wall as I ready myself to join a wall of resistance B. Safe. B. Safe. B. Safe. It rings in my ears almost like it always has B. Safe. Don’t ride the bus that late Don’t walk alone at night Don’t leave your drink Don’t wear that […]

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Tina L Porter

A Toast for 2017

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A Toast for 2017 Use love this year. Be fearless in love as we usually are to our beloved, but be fearless also in loving the foreigner, the frightened, the false, and most especially to those who believe that they are foes. Fearless love is no silent witness, but an active leader in reshaping a […]

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