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Tale of an Inch Plant
On March 25, 2021 | 4 Comments

  It was clear that I had killed it. I couldn’t pretend otherwise. That I had managed to kill it while trying to take care of it, while employing long-practiced skills in extending the life of an outdoor thing that lives inside didn’t really matter. The plant was dead. Lynne said as much when she […]

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On the Back Porch (looking at a poem by Dorianne Laux)
On August 4, 2020 | 4 Comments

  The cat calls for her dinner.  (This is a post about a poem, and these are some of its lines:) On the porch I bend and pour  brown soy stars into her bowl, stroke her dark fur.  No. It’s not a poem about a cat, although here at the beginning one might think it […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Foster Intimacy, part 2
On May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

This is the fourth post in a series meant to be preceded by an introductory letter. Please read that here.  Listen here:   Click here to download the audio file. Foster Intimacy, part 2 “Shame and death are the two great enemies of the Gospel.” ~Jay Thomas “Much dysfunction is a function of denying brokenness.” […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Grow Up.
On February 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

This is the second post of a series meant to be preceded in reading by an introductory letter. Please read that HERE.  Grow Up. “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” ~ W. E. B. Du Bois   “There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone’s doing something and establishing […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Enjoy!
On January 29, 2020 | 4 Comments

This post is the first of a series, and is meant to be preceded in reading by an introductory letter. Please read that HERE. Enjoy Your Children “Children should be seen and not heard.” ~ English proverb   “The LORD your God is with you,  He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: A Letter of Introduction
On January 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

Dear Friends, Last year I was invited to speak to a Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers group on “teaching the gospel to very young children.” I immediately agreed, interested in returning to a subject I haven’t considered in a while.  But I was surprised by some further dialogue between me and the woman who invited me to […]

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Ordinary Sadness
On December 18, 2019 | 6 Comments

Recently I was asked to write about the empty nest. I’m not sure I can, so I wrote about Advent instead.

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Advent 2019
On November 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

                This year, Sunday, December 1 is the beginning of Advent, the four weeks of the church calendar leading to Christmas Day. Once again I’m posting the four readings I wrote last year. Each one considers a different person in the nativity story, and each offers thoughts as […]

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Like So Much Weather
On October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

These moments are immortal, and most transitory of all;… Beams of their power stream into the ordered world and dissolve it again and again.   Martin Buber, I and Thou   On the morning of Everett and Olivia’s wedding, I had to pull Everett’s box out from under my bed. I have a box for each of […]

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Fist Full of Sparrows
On November 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

  Our backyard maples are skeletal now. It happened in that sudden way that means I haven’t been paying attention. I know they flushed to gold about two weeks ago. Emma called me to the window, and we stared at them together for a minute. They can seem incandescent in those early yellow days, like […]

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