Although I haven't been writing about it, because of all the sick-kid-birthday-party-going-back -to-work drama around here, the Festival of Homiletics is still very much on my mind. It was, of course, great (although, I must say, not great enough to go to every year, especially when it's a gazillion miles away in Hotlanta).
The coolest part was getting to meet all you formerly invisible friends. Now, you'd think, wouldn't you, that - since we CAN over the internet - that we'd put our very best selves out here. I mean, who would know if we were exagerrating our good bits just a little?
But to a woman, the invisible (now visible) friends that I met in Minneapolis were actually COOLER than their blogs would have us believe.
Take Inner Dorothy or Cheesehead, for example. You might not guess that in real life, they are like the epitomes (um, how DO you pluralize that?) of glamor. They both have great hair AND kind personalities. I mean, how often do you find both of those in one person?
St. Casserole, for another example, does NOT, as you might erroneously think from her blog name, wear those sweatshirts with the fake little collars and the cardinals appliqued on them. Instead, she walks around in these gorgeous flowy outfits, looking like Meryl Streep going on safari.
Peacebang, for another example, is not only a TV star. She's also a great chick to have a beer and a conversation with.
And, Magdalene, for even another example, is like just as super smart and as totally warm (and how often do you experience THAT in the same person?) in person as you'd think from her blog, but even MORE so.
I really enjoyed dinner with the revgals (oh! the abundance of a couple dozen of us all in one room!). J and I sat near Backwoods Rev and Pink Shoes and She Rev. Even if I dont read their blogs regularly, I felt in a funny way like I knew them -- it was sort of like having dinner with friends.
Well, it's probably not a good idea to name some bloggers, because there is the risk, I guess, of leaving out some others (like Diane or By the Sea or Little Mary or Singing Owl or...). But whether you read your name or not, I'm just so grateful for each of you, and so impressed.
Thanks for becoming visible.