• advent journal: attending

    by  • December 9, 2006 • 0 Comments

    I’ve decided to do my best to write each day in Advent as part of my journey to the manger. I ‘m not making any promises about length or coherence on Friday and Saturday nights. On most any evening, part of my practice before I write is to do a bit of reading on...

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    advent journal: sing along

    by  • December 8, 2006 • 7 Comments

    We put up our Christmas tree tonight. Seventeen years of Christmases together and Ginger and I have some definite traditions and patterns. Since both of us have sinus issues with real trees, we’ve always had an artificial one. My job is to assemble the tree and string the lights, which always means we’re a...

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    advent journal: getting ready

    by  • December 7, 2006 • 6 Comments

    I spend a lot of my day at the restaurant getting ready. In kitchen jargon, we call it “prepping.” Much of what we have to prepare are the things we use everyday: sliced tomatoes and red onions for the burgers, thin sliced sweet onions for the onion rings, chopped romaine lettuce for the salads,...

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    advent journal: making peace

    by  • December 6, 2006 • 3 Comments

    I was in and out of my car all day, running errands and hearing snippets about the confirmation hearings for Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The language of both the questions and the answers had to do with winning and losing, with force and power, and with doing something quickly. After all,...

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    advent journal: waiting room

    by  • December 5, 2006 • 8 Comments

    I drove home tonight from a long day at work, thinking about the different qualities of waiting. What came to mind was a story I wrote several years ago. I’m not very practiced at fiction, but I’m proud of this story. If you will endulge me, here it is. __________________________ Waiting Room I do...

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    advent journal: hurry up and wait

    by  • December 4, 2006 • 2 Comments

    I’m not sure if it was fifteen or sixteen Novembers ago that Ginger came home with an idea for Advent. She had been on staff at First Congregational Church in Winchester for a short time and, since I was trying to finish my master’s degree in English and teach fulltime, I had not gone...

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    the vision thing

    by  • November 30, 2006 • 6 Comments

    I have new glasses! My contact lenses are on back order, or so said the receptionist at Eye Health Services when I talked to her yesterday and convinced her that I needed to see my doctor to get a prescription for glasses so I could function in the world without squinting. On the way...

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    aging, grieving, dreaming, and laughing

    by  • November 30, 2006 • 6 Comments

    I have several disconnected things on my mind, so here they are in no particular order. _______________________________ I got my first birthday-related piece of mail today: an invitation to join the AARP now that I am turning fifty. I am old enough to remember when AARP stood for the American Association of Retired Persons,...

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    the wait

    by  • November 29, 2006 • 9 Comments

    Advent is un-American. The malls have been decorated for Christmas since the day after Halloween and we are still days away from even beginning to wait for Christ to come. We, as Americans, are not really built to wait. We are accustomed to getting what we want when we want it. But there is...

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    the old man and the kitchen

    by  • November 28, 2006 • 4 Comments

    In the span of a day, I have gone from reveling in knowing that I am uniquely and wonderfully created in the image of God to feeling painfully in touch with my human limitations. I’m not speaking in metaphor here: I really hurt today. Mondays are my longest days at the kitchen. I get...

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