• lenten journal: enter into poetry

    by  • March 2, 2007 • 7 Comments

    Monday I was alone in the kitchen at the Inn. It’s Chef’s day off and the cook who usually works with me is pregnant and had a doctor’s appointment. Last week was school vacation around here, so I figured I could handle things on my own. When it came time to start thinking about...

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    lenten journal: abrigar esperanzas

    by  • March 1, 2007 • 9 Comments

    I’ve spent a good deal of the day thinking about hope, thanks to a passage from Nora Gallagher’s book where she talks about Thomas’ encounter with Jesus after his resurrection and about the doubt Thomas expressed prior to seeing him. There’s a phrase in Spanish: abrigar esperanzas, to shelter hope. Thomas may have been...

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    lenten journal: the secret

    by  • February 28, 2007 • 12 Comments

    One of my favorite people at work is Pedro, our head dishwasher. He is Brazilian, works a construction job all day before he washes dishes from five to twelve five nights a week, and he has a kind and gentle spirit. When he walks in the back door of the restaurant to come to...

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    lenten journal: talking ourselves into being

    by  • February 27, 2007 • 7 Comments

    The last of my Books for Lent arrived over the weekend. I would not have known about it except I’m one of those suckers who clicks the link at Amazon.com that says, “We have recommendations for you.” Perhaps they know me better than I think they do. The book is called Testimony: Talking Ourselves...

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    lenten journal: meals and memories

    by  • February 26, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Wedding season officially began today at the Inn. Weddings in New England are not the finger-sandwiches-in-the-Fellowship-Hall affairs I was accustomed to attending in churches across Texas. You don’t have a reception, you have a meal – and you stay all day. We have at least one wedding on the books every weekend from now...

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    lenten journal: shield the joyous

    by  • February 25, 2007 • 7 Comments

    My day started with a bowl of Cheerios, a cup of coffee, and this prayer of Saint Augustine, which is part of the Compline in the Book of Common Prayer and found in Nora Gallagher’s book: Keep watch dear Lord with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels...

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    lenten journal: in harmony

    by  • February 24, 2007 • 3 Comments

    My reading this morning came from one of the books I got for my birthday: The Intellectual Devotional. The subtitle is great: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class. The book is a series of daily readings, each day of the week focusing on a different field of...

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    lenten journal: the lay of the land

    by  • February 23, 2007 • 3 Comments

    My friend, Doug (aka Pork Butt, for those who read the comments on this blog), is a surveyor. Before we became friends, all I knew of surveying was in the glimpses I had of the guys in orange vests holding poles by the side of the highway while another guy looked through some sort...

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    lenten journal: lenten reduction

    by  • February 22, 2007 • 24 Comments

    One of my regular tasks at the Inn is making the demi-glace, which is one of our “mother sauces,” providing a base for a number of our dishes. Our version is not exactly the old school French cuisine version, but it tastes good and it takes a long time to make. On Monday mornings,...

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    lenten journal: don’t read alone

    by  • February 21, 2007 • 3 Comments

    I woke up this morning to images of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Today is Fat Tuesday. Based on the way I ate yesterday, it was Chubby Monday. Like the old blues song says: They call it Chubby MondayI got Fat Tuesday on my mind . . . In our house, today holds...

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