And the Pies! Ongoing Grateful Thanks for Tradition by Marie Cartier

In November 2017 I wrote about pie baking. 

And in November 2015 I also wrote about pie baking.

Photo by Lisa Hartouni

In November 2016, I was destroyed by the “election” and wrote a post in November of that year “For Strong Women” just to help many of us keep going.

In November 2014 I wrote about a gay bar in Puerto Rico, which has since been destroyed by hurricanes.

In November 2013 I was grateful for the release of Baby, You Are My Religion which discussed among other things, the claiming of public space by pre-Stonewall gays and lesbians and three years later we would witness the Pulse Massacre, the largest gun massacre in the US until that point.

Photo by Lisa Hartouni

In November 2012 I wrote about the amazing thing that had happened– the newly elected President Obama mentioned gays and lesbians in his acceptance speech.   And that is the year I joined FAR as a perma-blogger, eight years ago.

Photo by Lisa Hartouni

And this November 2018, dear FAR family, I’m happy to just post pie making pictures.

I’m deeply grateful and happy that the House went blue, that Orange County, California went BLUE and that 100+ women were elected to office. I’ll celebrate that and eat pie. This tradition we have had of making many, many green apple pies (this year sixteen!) has been going on over 25 years.

Photo by Lisa Hartouni

Enjoy your traditions. I am realizing more and more that it is the lives we make that are the lives we have.

Enjoy the times we can.  I’m deeply thankful for you all, and this forum and thoughtful, spiritual community.

Blessed be.


Marie Cartier has a Ph.D. in Religion with an emphasis on Women and Religion from Claremont Graduate University.  She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology Before Stonewall (Routledge 2013). She is a senior lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies at California State University Northridge, and in Film Studies at Univ. of CA Irvine.

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7 replies

  1. Hooray for pie! I bet we all remember Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Ahhh, the good ol’ days… grandmother made the world’s best apple pie. I remember holidays when I watched her make it and then the whole family ate each pie down to the last sugary crumb. It’s good to have traditions that include pie. Thanks for the memories.


  2. Yum!


  3. Your pies look delicious, Marie, and have now become a sign of hope for me.


  4. Didn’t know where else to put this so it would be seen!
    I notice that Carol’s interview on CBC Tapestry is now online at:


  5. Pie making and other culinary customs make good sense in these hard times. There is something more than comforting about shared meals and special feasts. Enjoy!


  6. Yes! Same here. Something so simple like baking apple pies (but only 3 this holiday for me) is very basic and grounding. I have recently started making toutiere – French Canadian meat pie – even though almost no one out here in California knows what they are or are that interested in such a thing. But they take me back to my youth and connect me to my family so it is worth it. Thanks for sharing Marie.


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