Wednesday, February 6

What I'm giving up for Lent

I'm not going to fantasize about having sex with Gabriel Byrne for the next forty days.

But seriously... my favorite way someone else celebrated Lent was to give up noise. Radio and TV and whatever else she could turn off. During a heated campaign season that is not bloody likely for me, but I will try to be more aware of just how much quiet I can stand.

Giving up sloth is another good one.

And combining those two I'm going to find fifteen minutes a day to sit away from computer and knit. Maybe in silence maybe with music I'll see.

Anyone else giving up something or commemorating a season? Share below in comments and thanks.


  1. Giving up cynicism for a little while. I think it might to me some good.

  2. Anonymous9:23 PM

    I used to say that I was giving up tripe and kidneys for Lent (two things I will not eat), but that's gotten old. What will I give up? Feeling frustrated. I'm going to punt that to the side for at least the next 40 days. I guess I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. Anonymous9:35 PM

    I'm not Catholic, but ESPN radio sports dude Mike Golic--former pro football player and college player at Notre Dame--has stated that he is giving up cole slaw for Lent. He claims he really loves the shit, but it sounds like a cop out to me.

    Is there some nasty slang term for someone who gives up something they don't really like?

  4. what a coincidence! i'm not going to have sex w/gabriel byrne for the next 40 days, either.

    (obvious punchline: just don't ask about the nights, ba-da-bing!)

  5. Giving up sloth? I don't eat any mammals, but as I recall, sloth is just deelish.

  6. Anonymous9:55 AM

    As a card carring Heathen I ain't given up shit for no dead man


  7. yep, i'm not giving up a darn thing. i'm still working on my new year's resolution!

  8. my dear, that is truly a sacrifice. especially when he is currently performing at his peak. check out In Treatment

    i am so hooked.

    (i even gave one of my daughters a white horse named "Tir No'nogh" i'm that big a fan)

  9. i know what you're thinking..... neither of those girls were really nuns..... the singing nun

  10. I gave up religion for lent one year and I never ever looked back.

  11. Umm... Catholicism? ;-)

    Seriously, in the foreword to Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, his son relates how many of his students observe a media-free, tech-free day at least once a year.

  12. I just got a crown at the dentist's today; she told me some boob came in and told informed her that "her kids were giving up Novocaine" for lent.

    Can you WTF?

  13. I am late to the party after an insane week.

    One year I gave up TV. I moved the giant wall unit (i lived alone and only had one tv)and unplugged the tv and the cable and it was just too much trouble to try and plug it in, so I made it all 40 days.

    It was heaven. I don't watch so much tv now, but enough.

    The real problem for me now is the computer and the blackberry.

    So for Lent I am trying to be a bit more disconnected. I have a regular prayer/meditation/silence practice, but I do try to elongate that for the season.

    I would like to give up being right. That and resistance to what just is.


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