“Twinkle” Marie Manning is honored to be selected to participate in Bangor’s wonderful Book Fair and Literary Festival. Be sure to go out to see her there, as well as the other amazing Maine Authors! Join Us! Saturday, December 9th at the Bangor Public Library.
Today is serene, the air is crisp, the sky is blue and the sun is shining.
Rockwood, Maine had its first real snow storm of the year last night.
Winter has arrived early.
The Dark Season is here.
It has been four years since my sister took this picture. Four years since we were called to the hospital. Four years since we prayed in desperation to Gods that not all of us believe in. Four years since we asked everyone we knew to pray with us. And, by “pray”- I mean beg, bargain and plead to any and all unseen forces that may take pity upon us and change this tragic course that was unfolding swiftly in dazed slow motion. Four years since we waited vigil by his bedside for four days for good news that would never come. Four years since we had to say goodbye to this earth angel. Four years since all our lives were devastated by the loss of Riley. Four years and the anguish still accompanies this week like an unrelenting shadow even in the noontime sun. Four years.
Riley Dai June 9th, 1997-September 20th, 2019
Twinkle is eager to resume services in Waterville.
Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning has served the UU congregation in Waterville, Maine as the contract minister since September 2022 and will continue through to June 2024. Known to us by her nickname “Twinkle,” she is an ordained interfaith minister whose personal theology is that of “Living Life as a Prayer.”
August has continued to see lots and lots (loads and loads) of rain! Tuesday evening vespers services (Contemplative Services) have grown a bit of a following and it is a delight to watch this small ministry grow. Soon Twinkle will be returning to her regular contract with the Waterville Universalist church where she leads services twice per month September thru June. She is also going to be launch a new Empowering Women program out of Portland Maine. Salon Style Gatherings. (more on that in future posts)
Twinkle took this photo one evening. She says, “While on Kineo this beach has the best vantage point for the most gorgeous sunsets!” She and her friends have spent quite a bit of time on-Island as they prepare for the next phases of Melusine’s Haven, including each of the founders designing their own cabins. Yes, this means there will be yet another “Twinkle’s Place,” albeit smaller yet the large Field House on Melusine’s Haven will house a library and a large gathering place for retreats, concerts and other activities to nourish one’s spirit. Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.
So far at the lake it has been rainy much of July. Even so, have managed some time on the boat and over to Kineo. We are excited to have the location of Twinkle and her friends’ Melusine’s Haven retreat center being established and hope to soon have clearing begun and the driveway put in. This picture is the back of Kineo Mountain as viewed from Pebble Beach, just down the road from Melusine’s Haven.
Twinkle’s services at the Historic Log Chapel have been well received. She has one more Sunday service this month and will continue to offer her Tuesday evening Contemplative Services throughout the summer.
Join Us this Sunday, June 25th ! in person + online 10:00AM Eastern.
69 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine
Theme: “Our Favorite Things”
This service will explore what we like most about our lives and our communities, about what our spiritual communities offer to us, and also about the sources of our Faith.
We will come to understand why the things in our lives that matter to us, matter to us.
And, we will look at examples in psychology, history, symbolism and synchronicity that help explain why humans assign value and honor with ritual that which is most important to us, personally and in the groups we are part of.
www.uucwaterville.com (link to Online Service)
Throughout July and August Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning will be hosting Contemplative Services each Tuesday 7:00pm-7:45pm. Similar to Dharma style talks (with an interfaith flare), includes a brief message based on the week’s Thought for Contemplation, reflection and meditation time.
Twinkle has also been invited to return as guest preacher this summer at the Rockwood Community Church (the Historic Log Chapel). Dates she will be present include: Sunday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 30th. Mark Your Calendar and be sure to join her in Rockwood.