• 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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    waiting for billy collins

    by  • February 20, 2007 • 2 Comments

    I don’t know what made me think of this poem tonight. Perhaps I’m just missing my friend. I wrote it several years ago after he and I went to a Billy Collins reading. For whatever reason, tonight seems like a good night to let it see daylight again. Waiting for Billy Collins for Jack...

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    let’s go to the movies

    by  • February 19, 2007 • 13 Comments

    I saw a promo for the Oscars next Sunday and it got me thinking about movies that have moved me for various reasons, so I thought I would share a few, in no particular order. These are ones a little out of the mainstream; all are worth chasing down at your local video store....

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    farther and faster

    by  • February 16, 2007 • 5 Comments

    The phone rang about 5:45 this morning: Ginger called to let me know she was getting on a flight and would be in Providence by 7:30. I got there about 8:00 and we left around 10:00. One of her bags has still not made it home. I drove her straight to the church for...

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    near miss

    by  • February 15, 2007 • 1 Comment

    I called Ginger to wake her up this morning and to tell her the morning flight that was going to bring her home was delayed at best. By the time I was ready to go to work and she was ready to go to the hospital, we knew the flight was cancelled. She went...

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    heavenly day

    by  • February 13, 2007 • 4 Comments

    Ginger is coming home tomorrow for one main reason: it’s Valentine’s Day. We had only been dating a couple of weeks when our first Valentine’s Day came around. I took her to the Hard Rock Café in Dallas because that was her favorite place. Though we had not been going out long, we both...

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    a better picture

    by  • February 12, 2007 • 4 Comments

    Here’s what we know tonight — the big news first: Reuben’s pathology reports came back this afternoon and they showed no lymph node involvement. They found nothing beyond the tennis ball-sized tumor they took out when they removed the lobe of his lung, even though the type of cancer has shown itself to be...

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    through a glass darkly

    by  • February 9, 2007 • 6 Comments

    Reuben went into surgery about eleven, Birmingham time, and the surgery was over around three. The good news was he came through the surgery without any complications, which was one of our concerns beforehand. The hard news is they had to take one lobe from his lung and the mass in that lobe was...

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    by  • February 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

    My day at work was different than usual because I spent it in the function kitchen getting ready for a big wedding expo we have this weekend. The Inn hosts over one hundred weddings a year and they throw a couple of these bashes to let the wedding couples taste all the things they...

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    all we can see

    by  • February 7, 2007 • 8 Comments

    Ginger’s on her way to Birmingham and I’m sitting in Panera, trying to get my post written before I go home to console Schnauzers, which will take up the rest of the evening. They hate suitcases. When we moved from Texas to Massachusetts sixteen and a half years ago, one of the biggest adjustments...

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