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    lenten journal: no day like today

    by  • March 6, 2006 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Packing up the youth group to go skiing is easier here in New England than it was in Texas. For one thing, Maine is a hell of a lot closer to Marshfield than Colorado was to Fort Worth; for another, the vans come equipped with DVD players these days. We weren’t even through the...

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    lenten journal: riding the monsters

    by  • March 6, 2006 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    Sunday night is fading fast and I have promises to keep. I got home from the ski trip a few hours ago and have spent a good deal of time making sure Ginger, Gracie, and Lola all know how much I missed them. The ski trip was a great time. We took fourteen kids...

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    lenten journal: making history

    by  • March 3, 2006 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    What makes a day significant? Yesterday was John Irving’s birthday, Texas Independence Day, and my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was also the day my mother traveled to MD Anderson Hospital for her check-up to hear she is cancer free and discharged back to her primary doctor for future follow up. Yesterday was also...

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    lenten journal: don’t be afraid

    by  • March 2, 2006 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Last Saturday, while I was slicing mushrooms (which is a daily preparatory task at the restaurant), I clipped the end of the index finger on my left hand, just to the right of the fingernail. I was trying to work too fast and not paying attention to the moment. The cut was not severe,...

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    lenten journal: how do I get there from here?

    by  • March 1, 2006 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    Ash Wednesday I didn’t grow up knowing much about Lent, much less observing it. The word sounded oddly like the stuff that collects in your belly button when you wear a fuzzy sweatshirt. My first real encounter with the power of the season was through an Episcopal colleague in Fort Worth. She was the...

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    the bridge is love

    by  • February 28, 2006 • Uncategorized • 10 Comments

    Monday mornings are down time for me. After two full days at the restaurant and one at church, I lay pretty low here at the house. Ginger was gone on a clergy retreat, so I stopped at Blockbuster on my way home from youth group to pick up a movie for breakfast. The one...

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    hey to barney

    by  • February 27, 2006 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Don Knotts died last Friday. I heard about it on my way to work at the restaurant on Saturday morning and I began to chuckle and feel sad at the same time. Barney Fife (whose middle name was Milton) is one of the TV characters who has left a deep impression on me. I’m...

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    open and affirming

    by  • February 25, 2006 • Uncategorized • 25 Comments

    I didn’t write yesterday because I used what time I had reading This Is How It Happened on Real Live Preacher. Gordon does a great job describing his pilgrimage to inclusiveness. Then came the comments, which — if you’ve spent anytime on RLP — you know are many. I threw in my two cents...

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    reasons to blog

    by  • February 24, 2006 • Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    Ginger and I had time to meet for a cup of coffee in the middle of the day — unusual for a Thursday. When we sat down at Dunkin’ Donuts she asked, “So what do you get out of writing your blog?” She’s never one for superficial questions, even during coffee break. A couple...

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    boats against the current

    by  • February 22, 2006 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I’m sitting at my desk looking at the sunset over the marsh through the window in my office, which is unusual for me on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m usually at the restaurant. Life for me, right now, divides into three nights at church and three nights at the Red Lion Inn, and some of...

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