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    lenten journal: garlic

    by  • February 24, 2016 • food, language, lenten journal • 11 Comments


    Our church has a gathering each Wednesday night during Lent and they asked me to prepare the meals. I spent the day working on soups and bread and dessert for sixty and, after sitting here at the computer for some time now trying to keep my promise, I have found the words elusive, other...

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    lenten journal: homemade

    by  • February 17, 2016 • food, friends, joy, lenten journal • 5 Comments


    When I was crowdsourcing words for my Lenten practice, my friend David sent, “homemade (pimento cheese).” I’ve been thinking about them ever since. homemade (pimento cheese) turn the gas burner on high and lay the peppers on the flame till they blister and turn black; put them in a bowl, cover it with plastic...

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    lenten journal: intention

    by  • March 20, 2015 • durham, food, lenten journal • 1 Comment

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    My friend Claudia is an artist and graphic designer here in town. We get together about once a month for lunch. Besides just hanging out and catching up, she brings some sort of drawing and I bring a poem and we swap them with each other. The idea is then she goes home and...

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    lenten journal: enough

    by  • February 26, 2015 • failure, food, grace, lenten journal • 3 Comments

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    It’s Thursday, which means I spent a good part of my day getting ready for Thursday Night Dinner, our weekly gathering with friends and whoever else shows up to share the meal. Tonight it was all “regulars,” if you will—friends who come most every week and who help make both our house and our...

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    lenten journal: tabletide

    by  • April 3, 2014 • community, food, lenten journal, poetry • 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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