• advent journal: you say it’s your birthday

    by  • December 12, 2006 • 4 Comments

    I’m minutes away from completing my fiftieth year on the planet. I would like to anticipate that moment by paying homage to those with whom I share a birthday: 1673 Ahmed III 23rd sultan (Turkey, 1703-30) 1745 John Jay diplomat (NY-Governor) 1792 Alexandros Ypsilanti Greek resistance fighter 1805 Henry Wells founder (American Express Company...

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    advent journal: ice cream hopes

    by  • December 11, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Earlier this week, Ginger asked me about buying ice cream for a Sunday School special event. She needed restaurant sized quantities, so I went to by East Coast Paper, a local restaurant supply, and ordered three gallons each of vanilla and chocolate for Ginger to pick up Saturday morning. Last night, on my way...

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    advent journal: crumbs to follow

    by  • December 10, 2006 • 4 Comments

    Journeying through Advent has a bit of a Hansel and Gretel flair for me because I feel like I spend my day looking for a crumb or two to let me know where I am on the journey and to remind me where I’m going – which reminds me of a story. A number...

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    advent journal: attending

    by  • December 9, 2006 • 0 Comments

    I’ve decided to do my best to write each day in Advent as part of my journey to the manger. I ‘m not making any promises about length or coherence on Friday and Saturday nights. On most any evening, part of my practice before I write is to do a bit of reading on...

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    advent journal: sing along

    by  • December 8, 2006 • 7 Comments

    We put up our Christmas tree tonight. Seventeen years of Christmases together and Ginger and I have some definite traditions and patterns. Since both of us have sinus issues with real trees, we’ve always had an artificial one. My job is to assemble the tree and string the lights, which always means we’re a...

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    advent journal: getting ready

    by  • December 7, 2006 • 6 Comments

    I spend a lot of my day at the restaurant getting ready. In kitchen jargon, we call it “prepping.” Much of what we have to prepare are the things we use everyday: sliced tomatoes and red onions for the burgers, thin sliced sweet onions for the onion rings, chopped romaine lettuce for the salads,...

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    advent journal: making peace

    by  • December 6, 2006 • 3 Comments

    I was in and out of my car all day, running errands and hearing snippets about the confirmation hearings for Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense. The language of both the questions and the answers had to do with winning and losing, with force and power, and with doing something quickly. After all,...

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    advent journal: waiting room

    by  • December 5, 2006 • 8 Comments

    I drove home tonight from a long day at work, thinking about the different qualities of waiting. What came to mind was a story I wrote several years ago. I’m not very practiced at fiction, but I’m proud of this story. If you will endulge me, here it is. __________________________ Waiting Room I do...

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    advent journal: hurry up and wait

    by  • December 4, 2006 • 2 Comments

    I’m not sure if it was fifteen or sixteen Novembers ago that Ginger came home with an idea for Advent. She had been on staff at First Congregational Church in Winchester for a short time and, since I was trying to finish my master’s degree in English and teach fulltime, I had not gone...

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    the vision thing

    by  • November 30, 2006 • 6 Comments

    I have new glasses! My contact lenses are on back order, or so said the receptionist at Eye Health Services when I talked to her yesterday and convinced her that I needed to see my doctor to get a prescription for glasses so I could function in the world without squinting. On the way...

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