Beyond Wood and Stone

Rev. Elisabeth's Cedar Park Blog site

Sabbatical Update: Is that a train, or daylight?

It was good to come up for air last night to hear the Philomela Choir perform their Christmas concert (the bass section is awesome, Norman and Peter!), but here I am, back at the desk again this afternoon!  This is my world for the next week, completing the last chapter of writing the thesis.  Most chapters have already been submitted to the first reader, so the edits are also in process.    If you want to join Paul Clarke in a caption contest for this photo, you can find it on Facebook too!

More seriously, I have a request for you readers of this blog; prayers, thoughts…maybe a comment on here, a word of encouragement.  The comparison of long-length writing and long-distance running is apt; both are at times, lonely.   As the end of the tunnel (light) is in sight, it’s even harder to keep focus on the track itself….. Thanks!


  1. The end in sight…you got this! One page at a time. Holding you close in thought and prayer! Elsa

  2. “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'” -Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

  3. You might be nearly finished with the last chapter as this week ends, so here it goes. I see that if you look back at the tunnel you have been traversing, it’s probably not dark there any more. It’s filled with bright trees and flowers and pages brimming with words. Enjoy the last steps of the tunnel. Praying for you.

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