• lenten journal: benchmarks

    by  • March 9, 2007 • 5 Comments

    I spent my day in restaurants. I drove into Boston this morning for breakfast because my friend Patty was passing through on her way back to Michigan. We ate at Mul’s Diner, which is a South Boston landmark and the real thing, as far as diners go. I went for the basics: eggs over...

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    lenten journal: borrowed words

    by  • March 8, 2007 • 8 Comments

    I am wordless tonight, my friends. There are a lot of things running through my head and my heart, but I can’t seem to get them to shoot out my fingers and onto the keyboard. So I will lean a little on the words of others. I Feel Sorry for Jesus People won’t leave...

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    lenten journal: awakenings

    by  • March 7, 2007 • 4 Comments

    Several weeks ago, Ginger asked me if I would put together a worship service focusing on the genocide in Darfur as a way to inform our congregation and help people know what they can do. When I started doing my research, I wrote this post and found out rather quickly that the primary response...

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    lenten journal: special and ordinary

    by  • March 6, 2007 • 7 Comments

    When I arrive to open the kitchen on the days I work, there’s always a piece of paper hanging where the tickets hang during meal service listing the things that need to be prepared for the day. On Mondays, it’s always a long list because we’ve usually managed to deplete most of our supplies...

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    lenten journal: be kind

    by  • March 5, 2007 • 12 Comments

    Somewhere towards the end of her sermon this morning, Ginger quoted Philo of Alexandria (not to be confused with Philo of Pawtucket): Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. The words have hung with me all day. When I sat down to write tonight, they took me back to a...

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    lenten journal: marking time

    by  • March 4, 2007 • 3 Comments

    The time clock at the Inn measures the hours by decimals rather than minutes. When I punched out I had worked 12.12 hours, the same numbers as my birthday, 12/12. Chef shares my birthday as well, along with Frank Sinatra and Dionne Warwick. 3/3, one quarter of 12/12, is also a significant day for...

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    lenten journal: a league of our own

    by  • March 3, 2007 • 2 Comments

    Since Opening Day is officially less than a month away, I guess it’s OK to use a baseball metaphor: this weekend I feel like I’ve been called up to the big leagues. Tonight we had a rehearsal dinner for thirty, tomorrow a fundraising dinner for 275 — as well as a tasting for a...

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    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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