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Finding the sacred in everyday life
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Simply Faithful
Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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Dearest readers, I am sorry that I don’t have a thought provoking or uplifting post for you today. We have a nasty cold that has been working its way through my family, and I just haven’t been able to keep up with new content for the blog. I will return — hopefully this weekend — but in the meantime, please enjoy this little project I whipped up before the Great Family Cold of 2012. Blessings to you all!

I love my iPad and my electronic calendar, but I haven’t been able to find a calendar app that works for helping me organize my blog and my publishing schedule for my newspaper column. Perhaps I should return to paper, I thought… and so the wheels began turning.

I found a 5X7 weekly planner at Dollar Tree that had simple pages and would be easy to carry around in my purse… but I didn’t like the plastic cover.



Look what was underneath the cover, though: Beautiful, blank kraft paper.



I love rounded corners so I took my craft punch and got to work on the edges of the pages. I stamped one of my favorite designs on the front and dabbed color around the edges with a sponge.

On the back, I stamped a scripture — which I think is slightly crooked so don’t look too closely. My scripture stamps are ancient. I got them from Stampin’ Up and I have no idea if they still sell them…



You could, of course, add images and scriptures throughout the pages, but I didn’t get that far. My kids needed dinner or something. These would make great gifts, too, and you could add embellishments and photos and all kinds of things.

If you try this project, please send a picture. I’d love to see your ideas!

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