Barbara Smith
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Barbara Smith's Discussions

The Craving for Simplicity, Meaning and Peace

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Smith 4th month 21, 2014. 5 Replies

I posted this on my blog (at www.Plainlyquaker.wordpress.com) this morning and then it occurred to me that it would be of interest to the…Continue

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The Discipline of Covering

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Smith 5th month 23, 2014. 30 Replies

Karen - I am right there with you being comforted by my plainness. I have been wearing my head covering since January of this year. It has been an emotional roller coaster and very challenging to me!…Continue

 

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Irene Lape left a comment for Barbara Smith
"Hi Barbara, SO glad to know you found the book interesting and relevant to your own leadings. I hoped when I when back to the Church that I would have more opportunities to offer the deep Quaker insights I had found among Friends. It was OK but not…"
8th month 11, 2015
Barbara Smith left a comment for Irene Lape
"Irene - I just finished reading your book A Catholic's Journey Through Quakerism. I myself - a longtime Quaker - joined the Catholic Church this Easter! I could have written many parts of your book - not so much the personal part but the…"
8th month 10, 2015
Paula Roberts replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'At peace with being isolated?' in the group Conservative Friends
"I belong to a liberal Meeting, but have become very much a conservative Friend.  The closes OYM to me is Lampeter, PA -quite far.  I have been worshiping with some Dunkard Brethren for a few years now and like the support immensely. Paula"
9th month 27, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Mackenzie's discussion 'First sewn headcovering' in the group Sewing and Crafts
"Yeah, well. Can you just carefully take out that section of binding and re-sew it? Seems I am always making after the fact adjustments in my sewing! Can't think of when I haven't had to do that! Barb"
7th month 16, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Mackenzie's discussion 'First sewn headcovering' in the group Sewing and Crafts
"Mackenzie - Looks very nice! You can still pinch in the back by making matching pleats, or tucks in the brim back there. I have done that after the fact and it looked fine, though I had to make them go all the way the width of the brim and make them…"
7th month 16, 2014
Anne replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'At peace with being isolated?' in the group Conservative Friends
"Barb, I feel as though God has not made a way for me in this area. I found being around those who do not understand being called to a certain path to be a hindrance. They always want to persuade me to their way of thinking and lifestyle.  I…"
5th month 26, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Discipline of Covering'
"Joanie - the Amish around here part their hair in the middle and pull it VERY tight so it is very flat and not a wave is visible. Then the front bit is twisted and makes a band back over the ears. but quite a few have visible hair loss in the front…"
5th month 23, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Discipline of Covering'
"Joanie - It does seem that keeping the weight off your scalp would help, like by using a scrunchie, or a hair tie (one that's very strong obviously), up high that would keep the weight of the hair from pulling down with gravity. I always…"
5th month 23, 2014
Anne replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Discipline of Covering'
"Joanie,could you use a scrunchie to keep it up or get a cap made to wear with hair down. Even a long veil covers most of long hair. They also have satin caps and pillow cases that prevent hair from breakage"
5th month 23, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Anne's discussion 'plain dress contentment?' in the group Plainness & Simplicity
"This is all a process for me. My dresses are not ankle length, but about mid calf. Some of the Mennonites around here are just over the knee and that is too short for me. I just checked and my favorite dresses are about 4-6 inches above my ankle and…"
5th month 23, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Anne's discussion 'plain dress contentment?' in the group Plainness & Simplicity
"Anne - I know you may not want to do this, but I would love to see any photos of your cape dresses. I still struggle with the fact that cape dresses are too much of a label, at least in our area. Lots of Anabaptists here. I love the dresses…"
5th month 23, 2014
Anne liked Barbara Smith's discussion The Discipline of Covering
5th month 2, 2014
Anne replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Discipline of Covering'
"I'm really touched by reading these posts! and a little less alone!"
5th month 2, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Anne's discussion 'plain dress contentment?' in the group Plainness & Simplicity
"Anne Lee - I also sometimes feel like tossing the whole thing. It is a fleeting feeling for the most part. I take it almost as a testing, or a temptation rather. I wrote about that earlier here on QQ called, I think, Ups and Downs of Plain Dress.…"
5th month 1, 2014
Barbara Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Craving for Simplicity, Meaning and Peace'
"Pen - Thanks so much for your thoughtful input! One thought apparently leads to another. It is interesting that your first two thought were my next post on my blog. I wrote about investing in my current life, and overcoming the restlessness that…"
4th month 21, 2014
Pen Wilcock replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'The Craving for Simplicity, Meaning and Peace'
"Barb said: "I would love to hear how others find the peace amid the increasing meaninglessness of daily modern life. What brings joy and peace to your life? What have you let go of and what do you do to stay connected to Life." I have been…"
4th month 21, 2014

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I am interested in affiliating with Conservative Quakers via OYM. I attend a small non-denominational home church in Ithaca NY and 15 years ago we were members of a liberal FGC meeting for about 5 years. I have been led to Conservative Quakers recently and am very excited to get to know them better. It is as if God is bringing the scattered parts of my faith together finally.

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At 12:27pm on 8th mo. 11, 2015, Irene Lape said…

Hi Barbara, SO glad to know you found the book interesting and relevant to your own leadings. I hoped when I when back to the Church that I would have more opportunities to offer the deep Quaker insights I had found among Friends. It was OK but not what I had hoped. And I had also hoped to continuing a witness among Friends for the need for the "tradition" and the continuity of links back to ancient times, back even to Jesus himself. I am still having those discussions and I feel that the diminishing numbers of Friends here on Long Island and all over the Northeast is evidence of the need there is for more than what they have thought important in these modern times.  I attend Mass at 7:30 every Sunday and then go to 11 AM Meeting at Westbury with my husband. I am active in both communities and am thankful for both. If you want to talk, please feel free to call my home at 631-427-7542 or my cell at 631-335-0194. Your spiritual friend, Rene

At 9:24pm on 11th mo. 17, 2013, Milton Whittaker said…

Barbara, a third attempt to respond to your prompt reply.  I certainly remember Tom and Nan Brown and would like to send my greetings to them.  Would be happy to re establish contact with other Ithaca Friends who were kind to me during my struggling years there as a graduate student-- remember especially Elspeth Rhodin's encouragement.  I met  the Smiths several years ago at OYM but my wife knew them well 20 plus years ago when she was teaching at Olney.  Their Bolivia Friends whom you mention are Grant and Neva Kaufman.  They live very in the country about 250 miles from the large city of Santa Cruz and we are very in the country about the same distance in another direction.  We are always happy when our times in the city coincide.   My wife, youngest child and I are traveling to Indiana this week to visit family.  Would like to re visit upstate New York after all these years but it does not look very likely for this visit.  I remember visiting with Ned and Marjorie Burtt not long before leaving Ithaca so i can well imagine the physical surroundings of the worship group there.  Milton

At 5:55pm on 10th mo. 28, 2013, carolyn taylor said…

Thank You, Barbara!

   You just made my day! I spend an incredible amount of time alone and it makes me so happy

to meet new Friends. Thank you for replying so quickly, I appreciate you and your knowledge.

Blessings,

Carolyn

At 8:58pm on 2nd mo. 9, 2013, Beverly said…

Thank you Barbara for the blessing. I will probably be asking you questions as I take these first steps. Thank you for your advice.

At 9:16am on 1st mo. 28, 2013, Simon St.Laurent said…

I attend at Ithaca Monthly Meeting, and write http://lightandsilence.org.

Bruce is over past Cortland, so we probably wouldn't travel together.  Let me know when you have a chance! 

Thanks,

Simon

At 8:18pm on 1st mo. 18, 2013, Lee Nichols said…

My wife Monica and I would like to attend.  May we bring a dessert or something?  We are very close to where Elmira Meeting meets and occasionally attend there.  We look forward to meeting every one.  Monica and Lee

At 10:22am on 1st mo. 18, 2013, Marian Bruffy said…

Hello, Barb!

 

Thank you for welcoming me here! I am happy to be a part of a Godly website. I am glad to be thy Friend in Christ Jesus.

 

Hope all is well with thee.

 

Love in Christ,

 

Marian

At 4:34pm on 1st mo. 16, 2013, Hilda said…

Hello, Barbara!

I wish to thank thee kindly, Barb. If it were not for my husband, Timothy, I would not be able to figure out a single thing on the computer, yet alone this site! Yes, I do believe it will be a blessing to me. I also look forward, as time allows, to get to know you also!

Thank thee very kindly for accepting my invitation. Thy Friend in the Light of Christ Jesus,

Hilda

At 5:14pm on 1st mo. 11, 2013, keely showalter said…

Hey Barbara, Sorry, I didn't get your email! So glad you thought to friend me here though!

At 9:49pm on 6th mo. 21, 2012, Timothy said…

Hello, Barb!

At least if I can't find thee in one place I can try another now. Hope thee and thine are well. May the Lord God bless thee and give thee Peace.

Timothy

 
 
 

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