Betsy Packard
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Quakers in rural northern Kentucky

Started this discussion. Last reply by Betsy Packard 1st month 21, 2012. 2 Replies

The folks at the Port Royal Methodist Church (Port Royal Road, which is Hwy 193, Port Royal, in Henry County, KY) have volunteered their facility for Quakers to meet at 4 p.m. every Saturday…Continue


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I attend the Lexington Friends Meeting, Lexington, KY and hope to be more active with my Peace Testimony. Yeah, that's me on the left, the short one, as usual. This was at the Park-ing Space for Latitude Artists' Community, Lexington, KY with some of my fellow artists and poets. Fall, 2011

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The Quaker Hermit -- Definitely been "in hiding"

Posted on 6th mo. 8, 2012 at 4:27pm 1 Comment

Talk about taking a vow of silence!  The Hermit's hard drive crashed, so I'm stuck using the library's resources for accessing QuakerQuaker.  I can kind of check email via a data service on my cell phone for $15 a month, which costs less than a new computer.  (The old one is 5 years old, the RW/CD drive is dead and now the hard drive, so I don't see repairing it as an option.)  

The famous Kentucky writer and poet, Wendell Berry, refuses to let a computer in his house.  He hand writes…


The Quaker Hermit: Stuck indoors -- but still productive!

Posted on 5th mo. 8, 2012 at 8:11pm 0 Comments

I had planned to play in the pool at physical therapy today, and then catch the bus out to St. Michael's Episcopal Church to hang out with fellow beaders. 

First, my physical therapist called and said they were having a problem with the pool, so I was rescheduled for tomorrow, but I also wasn't feeling "quite right" anyway, so I didn't mind the cancellation.  THEN a chronic medical issue decided to p ay a call, and leaving the apartment (other than to exercise The Girls) let alone…


The Quaker Hermit: Finding Personal Peace

Posted on 5th mo. 7, 2012 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Remember that splendid "Serenity Prayer" that is at the core of 12 Step Programs?  It often takes courage to  accept the things we cannot change, and to move past those negative elements in our lives. 

What is the proper way to handle a situation with a person whose values and rhetoric conflict radically with our own, as Quakers? 

It takes wisdom to realize and accept when another person is not going to change, though I think most folks these days have the basic perception that…


The Quaker Hermit: Staying out of the Race

Posted on 5th mo. 6, 2012 at 12:11pm 0 Comments

Yesterday was a big day here in Kentucky:  the running of the famous Kentucky Derby. 

I did not go to Churchill Downs (despite several invitations), I did not attend any of the Derby Festival activities, and I politely refused all invitations to Derby Parties (the saner alternative to actually attending the race, but still not for me).  There was even a Quaker Derby Party. 

As a person with a deep love for the creatures with which we share Creation and with a gift for working…


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