Reason # 10.
Too Hard to Remember How to Write my Name
Some Episcopal clergy practice a interesting tradition when writing out their name, especially on formal documents like marriage licenses and baptismal certificates, letters of admonition, or rejection letters to aspiring bishops. If one is a priest, then one places a small cross after their name (I hope I am getting this right), eg. Seth Polley + . If one is a bishop, then one places a small cross before their name, + Seth Polley. If one is a deacon, I don’t know where they place the cross. My mother has been a deacon for a many, many years. I don’t think she has placed a cross anywhere in her name. She has lived with Christ in her heart for many years, however.
I would have never remembered where to put the damn thing, the small cross. I get confused, especially when I’m in a rush. That’s why I have a tortoise tattooed on my right wrist, to help me to remember patience. I think its working.
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I live in southeastern Arizona where I teach high school history. My home is very close to US/MX border and the border and the countries it divides are very close to my heart. For a little over twenty years, I served the Episcopal church as a priest, but now I work as a teacher. I use sethpolley.com for my writing website, but I also have another site, seteoblog.wordpress.com where I write a blog. At this point in my writing career I have received a couple of honorable mentions in writing contests, and have self-published two short monographs. I'm planning on continuing to write and look forward to the time when I can devote more time to it.
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