• lenten journal: stage presence

    by  • April 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

    it’s has been grey all day as though dawn never came the early morning haze of mind and matter stayed the afternoon rain fell like a curtain the world played like an empty theater even though we could see each other today has been a series of solo acts or so it seems —...

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    lenten journal: three little words

    by  • April 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Before church this morning, I turned again to Rock of Doubt to see what seeds might get planted on my way to worship. Sydney Carter was writing about the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, particularly about why we go to see movies more than once. I’ve made a point of return viewings of many...

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    lenten journal: a second sacred meal

    by  • April 5, 2014 • 3 Comments

    Yes, I realize there is still two weeks to go until Easter. That said, I would like to share an article I wrote for Christian Reflection, a quarterly published by the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University. The piece is titled “On Beyond Easter.” Start here and follow the link. ___________________________________________ The morning...

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    lenten journal: one art

    by  • April 4, 2014 • 3 Comments

    I spent the better part of the day writing, but not for this blog. I was working on a proposal for the next book. (I do love writing that sentence.) Tonight I have been staring at the screen for some time looking for the words that belong here. In the middle of writing, I...

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    lenten journal: tabletide

    by  • April 3, 2014 • 1 Comment

    I spent today standing in kitchens then sitting around tables catering gig at lunch dinner with friends now I’m standing baking cookies like there is a tomorrow I love the flow from making to serving a tide of thankfulness going out and coming in offering and receiving listening and speaking trusting and risking like...

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    lenten journal: on the road to the resurrection

    by  • April 2, 2014 • 1 Comment

    on the road to the resurrection I will pass a marker tomorrow eight months since dad died they’ve planted grass now my mother goes to water it not so long after easter even with an empty tomb nine months will come and go soon we’ll be talking years for now I will find solace...

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    lenten journal: poetry month

    by  • April 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

    It may be April Fools’ Day, but it is also the beginning of National Poetry Month. Tonight, I want to help kick it off with three of my favorites. How To Be a Poet by Wendell Berry (to remind myself) i Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet. You must depend...

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    lenten journal: better catchers

    by  • March 31, 2014 • 6 Comments

    Marcia Norman: a new name to me, as of last night when an excerpt from something she had written arrived in an email from a dear friend. He didn’t offer commentary; he just knew she had something to say that I needed to hear, which was true. Now I want to pass along some...

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    lenten journal: what the poet said

    by  • March 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I love it when a poem catches me by surprise. Most of the time, I do a pretty good job looking for them, but every so often (I’m happy to say) one shows up somewhere unexpectedly, ambushes me with alliteration or metaphor, and I am the better for it. Today was one of those...

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    lenten journal: still singing in the key of lent

    by  • March 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

    We’ve had a grey and somehow hopeful day here in Durham. As the rain stopped, people seemed ready to wipe off benches and chairs and fill the sidewalks and patios for supper. Ginger and I met friends for coffee that turned into dinner and I came home humming, ready to add to my on...

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