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    1619

    by  • August 20, 2019 • america, grief, justice, race • 2 Comments

    “Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,” is the opening line to “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent, answering the question, how do you measure a year in the life. What about four hundred years? The first enslaved people arrived on our shores at Fort Comfort, Virginia four hundred years ago today. –twelve...

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    say the words

    by  • August 13, 2019 • america, community, kindness, language, words • 9 Comments

    One of the websites I go to for inspiration and sustenance is called Brain Pickings. It is hard to say what it’s about, other than taking a meaningful look at what it means to be truly human. It is curated by Maria Popova, who has quickly moved up on my list of people I...

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    compared to what?

    by  • August 7, 2019 • america, community, hope, justice • 11 Comments

    Teddy Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” The quote has come to mind this week in an unexpected way because I have watched the way comparison is used to deflect or derail a discussion. One says, “We need to close the detention camps,” and another replies, “Obama built them.” One says, “We...

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    finding the words

    by  • August 6, 2019 • america, change, community, hope, writing • 21 Comments

    I feel stuck today. I have work to do, manuscripts to edit filled with words by authors who have done their best to make meaning out of faith and life in these days, and I feel like I am treading molasses, doing all I can to keep from drowning. Toni Morrison died yesterday. She...

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    lenten journal: threat landscape

    by  • April 5, 2019 • america, fear, hope, lenten journal • 2 Comments

    This week, I had to do an online training for work on cyber security. I was five or six screens in when they presented the “threat landscape.” The Oxford dictionary says the word threat finds its roots in German and Old English words that mean oppression, grieve, and irritate, which is an interesting combination....

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