• lenten journal: yes, you can

    by  • March 20, 2007 • 3 Comments

    For most of the Marches we have lived here Ginger and I have spent a day together at the New England Flower Show. For the first few years, we would forget it was going on until we saw an advertisement and then we’d scramble to get to the Bayside Expo Center before it closed....

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    lenten journal: conspiracy of peace

    by  • March 20, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Some days I think there is a conspiracy among our customers at the Inn. We will go days without selling much of a particular menu item and then sell ten or fifteen of that item in a couple of hours for no apparent reason. I think the customers are messing with us. My working...

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    lenten journal: steal away

    by  • March 19, 2007 • 3 Comments

    Here’s a sentence I’ve never written before: I went on a youth retreat this weekend so I could get some sleep. Thanks to my usual Friday-Saturday schedule at the Inn, I had more time to doze while I was out in the woods with twenty teenagers than I normally have on a weekend night....

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    lenten journal: myth makers

    by  • March 16, 2007 • 3 Comments

    I’m a couple of hours away from heading off into the wilds of the Tidewater area of Virginia for a youth retreat. If predictions hold true, I won’t be able to post again until Sunday, since no one expects we will have any sort of Internet access at the campground. As hard as it...

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    lenten journal: traveling thoughts

    by  • March 15, 2007 • 12 Comments

    Today requires a helping of grace: I fell asleep last night, thanks to some Benadryl, and missed keeping my Lenten pledge to write. I’m challenged to remember the point of my Lenten reading and writing is to deepen my faith and focus, not to have a perfect record. I’m trying to meet the challenge....

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    lenten journal: incidental affirmation

    by  • March 14, 2007 • 11 Comments

    I went to the Inn for a couple of hours today to help with a corporate event that was scheduled for all three meals. The breakfast was continental and I was able to prepare the fruit tray before I left last night. Lunch was not complicated, but was going to require a little bit...

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    lenten journal: cooking to connect

    by  • March 13, 2007 • 6 Comments

    Today was not your average Monday, or at least not the Monday I have gotten used to living. Last week, the Owner decided the Inn would only be open for lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have been open everyday. Monday has been my day to run the kitchen, which meant getting to...

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    lenten journal: darfur

    by  • March 12, 2007 • 4 Comments

    We had our service on Darfur this morning at church and tonight we met to watch Darfur Diaries: Message from Home. After the film, a group of us shared some soup and talked about what we had seen and tried to figure out how to respond to a situation that is half a world...

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    lenten journal: saving time

    by  • March 11, 2007 • 3 Comments

    First, an update: the shrimp was served (along with the lobster ravioli) and no one died. ______________________________ I left the Inn at 10:30, reminding myself all the way home that it was really 11:30. We may be saving daylight, but it’s going to kick my butt in the morning. When I got home, I...

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    lenten journal: and the kitchen sink

    by  • March 10, 2007 • 7 Comments

    I’ve spent the day with food and have a couple of random comments to make, none of which is necessarily apropos of the other. __________________________ One of the things I’ve learned about from Chef is the Peruvian potato. It’s purple. If you don’t believe me, look at this picture I found at culiblog. They...

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