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    lenten journal: sound

    by  • February 27, 2016 • incarnation, lenten journal, music, sound • 4 Comments

    From time to time, as I read an author’s work, my connection with the writer moves beyond the page to a more personal connection. They become my friend—an odd use of the word, I suppose, having never met them—because of the resonance I feel. Reading their books becomes a conversation of sorts. I can...

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    lenten journal: soul music

    by  • February 22, 2016 • lenten journal, music • 7 Comments

    When I asked for words to ponder during Lent, one friend offered two: soul music. As I started thinking about it, I began to think of songs, though not necessarily Motown. I began to think of songs that have spoken to me in recent times–some old, some new. Tonight, then, I offer a Lenten...

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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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    advent journal: sing to the night

    by  • December 9, 2015 • advent journal, christmas, music • 3 Comments

    We got our Christmas tree up today, along with the candles in the windows in good New England fashion. And it’s halfway through Advent. As I was working on things this afternoon, I listened to my friend Billy Crockett’s  song “Coasting Into Christmas” and found a helpful and hopeful resonance, which led me to...

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    the long road

    by  • October 2, 2015 • change, community, durham, friends, grief, music • 7 Comments

    Most any aspect of my life demands a soundtrack. I’ve spent the afternoon getting cookie batter ready to bake tonight and the music played right along with me. As I came up to write, I procrastinated a bit by putting together a playlist full of rain songs for us to bake by this evening,...

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    so I shall sing

    by  • August 2, 2015 • family, grief, hope, music • 19 Comments

    My father and I shared a love of hymns. Actually, it would probably be truer to say I learned to love hymns in large part because of my father. Though he rarely sang outside of the house, he loved the songs of faith. One of his favorites in his later years was Gloria Gaither’s...

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    lenten journal: dance

    by  • March 28, 2015 • lenten journal, music • 2 Comments

    Dance. If Ginger were writing this blog post tonight with this word in mind, I can guarantee it would have a completely different feel and would involve “Uptown Funk” in some way. What’s really played in the record player of my mind for a couple of days are waltzes, which are, I think, my...

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    lenten journal: content

    by  • February 27, 2015 • hope, lenten journal, music • 1 Comment

    Content. How you pronounce the word in your head as you read will determine the definition you infer. con-TENT in a state of peaceful happiness. satisfied with a certain level of achievement, good fortune, etc., and not wishing for more. CON-tent the things that are held or included in something. the amount of a...

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