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    nature walk

    by  • April 24, 2016 • community, grief, poetry • 0 Comments

    Hammonasset

    nature walk a few days ago we started our twenty-seventh year following the path among the stones along the shore until stopped by the barrier set to  protect the nesting plovers today we spent a sunny afternoon walking down to our little harbor and then back down unfamiliar streets past people in unprotected neighborhoods as they...

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    lenten journal: promise

    by  • March 10, 2016 • community, lenten journal, poetry • 1 Comment

    promise

    I come, in conclusion, to the difference between “projecting” the future and making a promise. The “projecting” of “futurologists” uses the future as the safest possible context for whatever is desired; it binds one only to selfish interest. But making a promise binds one to someone else’s future. (Wendell Berry, Standing by Words, 62)...

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    lenten journal: sentence

    by  • March 7, 2016 • america, community, language, lenten journal, poetry, words • 3 Comments

    sentence

    I picked up a new traveling companion for this Lenten journey: Wendell Berry’s Standing by Words: Essays. The title essay begins, Two epidemic illnesses of our time—upon both of which virtual industries of cures have been founded—are the disintegration of communities and the disintegration of persons. (14) I added his word to my growing...

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    lenten journal: cold

    by  • February 14, 2016 • community, lenten journal • 4 Comments

    cold

    We all came down the stairs this morning comparing the temperature readings on the weather apps on our phones: -1, -4, and -6 degrees, depending on the app. Though the numbers varied, the conclusions were the same: it was cold. Really cold. We ate breakfast and bundled up for the fifty foot walk from...

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    marking time

    by  • December 27, 2015 • community, depression, friends, writing • 9 Comments

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    December 27th. The day after the day after. For me, it carries some significance, however. On this day ten years ago I wrote my first blog post here at Don’t Eat Alone. I was four years into coming to terms with my depression, which was still kicking my butt at that point. I was...

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