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    lenten journal: structure

    by  • March 2, 2016 • lenten journal, love, marriage • 5 Comments

    Today would have been my parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary, so this morning I went looking for Wendell Berry’s poem “The Country of Marriage” to set the tone for my day, landing on these words in particular: Our bond is no little economy based on the exchange of my love and work for yours, so...

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    lenten journal: love song

    by  • February 19, 2016 • lenten journal, love, marriage, music • 0 Comments

    Yes, I know it’s two words tonight, but they go together like one. Bear with me. There are times in life where nothing happens other than daily life and yet it feels somehow crucial and important. These are those days for me. My days have been full of everyday things, and those things have...

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    lenten journal: number

    by  • February 11, 2016 • grief, lenten journal, love, time • 5 Comments

    “Teach us to number our days so that we can have a wise heart.” Psalm 90:12 (CEB) I can’t read that verse without hearing the piano introduction to “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT, followed by the voices: five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes five hundred twenty five thousand moments so...

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    incidental contact

    by  • October 27, 2015 • depression, family, forgiveness, love • 13 Comments

    Packing up a house is an archaeological expedition through the layers of a life in one place, not only because of the collections of things that have to be sorted and assigned a destination, but also because of the stories that get unearthed. One that came to the surface is a favorite from my...

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    an intentional act

    by  • June 21, 2015 • america, change, hope, justice, love, race • 8 Comments

    It’s been a while since I have posted here. Most of the reasons are personal: I was finishing a book manuscript and trying to get a cookie business off the ground. Over the past several weeks, there have been several times I thought about writing in response to tragedy around the country, but I...

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