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Home Beneath the Church - Poetry Collection - A Mini Review

You know that feeling when your emotions and feelings just received a jolt and are now on the fritz? It is a feeling when your quiet thoughts and aching memories find a similar soul to speak the same language. That is how Home Beneath the Church by Lauren Davis feels for me: a meeting of feeling and energy beyond any spoken word. But this is a mini review, and this poetry collection is very much full of words, experiences, word play, and something mystical. Maybe even divine. The poetry collection is broken up into three sections. Other than being a division of the poems, there is almost very little difference between each section. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Just a bit of nuance from an editorial perspective. A bit of the poems are more prose poems, there are a few rhyming gems such as "But Most of All". Theologically, there are snippets of the Christ story where Davis reinterprets Mary, the woman who anoints Jesus's feet, as a mother. There is something so bea

Chasing Dopamine?

The temperature dropped a tiny bit today, but it was still super humid. I know this because my joints creaked a tiny bit extra when I stepped wrong. So of course, me being me, I rewatched the video from the last post.

Here's the thing. I know certain foods are better than others. I've read the data, I see the vitamins and minerals listed like a good kid. But turmeric? I have never been able to incorporate it as a food item. But why? I love curry. But, I don't eat curry every day.

Cue in my new concoction. Green tea with turmeric tea. Now, it would be easy to add tumeric spice into the tea bag. I haven't done the math yet to see which is cheaper (or tastier). But I have just brew a regular cup of hot water and the two tea bags (one green tea and one turmeric tea).

What is this super concoction supposed to do? Well, taste good. Second, it's supposed to make me feel better because of all the brain chemicals. There's very little data to support that, so it all could be a placebo effect. A very yummy one.

What I’m really chasing is a connection to my indegenous Mexican ancestors who foraged plants for medicine. I am hoping to recover and reclaim some of their liturgical practices. I am hoping that by rejuvenating these practices, I can get closer to God and God’s people. At least that’s the dream.


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