• a walk in the clouds

    by  • April 26, 2006 • 1 Comment

    Yesterday, we packed up and left Thessaloniki and drove to Veroia, which is the modern version of the ancient city of Berea where Paul visited. There was a small outdoor mosaic altar where we had our morning devotional and then we all took off for the local cafes to find the bathrooms, or WCs...

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    what history looks like

    by  • April 25, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Just three days in, our mornings are beginning to take on a regular routine: up at 6:30, breakfast at 7:00, on the bus at 8:00. Most of our group was moving slowly yesterday, but we still pulled away from the hotel by about 8:10. We wound our way out of Thessaloniki and on to...

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    what the stones say

    by  • April 24, 2006 • 6 Comments

    Yesterday was a long travel day. We left Athens at eight in the morning and got to Thessaloniki about six in the evening. Since our time here is short, Betty had some things she wanted us to see in the city, so we started at the Acropolis (which, in Thessaloniki, is the remnant of...

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    it happened one night

    by  • April 22, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Today is Easter for Orthodox Christians. The big Easter services begin on Saturday night and proclaim the Resurrection at midnight with candles, bells, and fireworks. Athens has Orthodox churches like Boston has Dunkin’ Donuts: they are on every corner. Several of our group decided we would go to church about 11:30 and be a...

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    a walking song

    by  • April 22, 2006 • 3 Comments

    “We need to walk to know sacred places, those around us and within. We need to walk to remember the songs.” (Joseph Bruchac)Today we have walked till we are knee deep in melodies and memories. We woke to a fabulous “Greek breakfast,” which included, among many other things, feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh pastries,...

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    touching down in athens

    by  • April 21, 2006 • 5 Comments

    Greetings from Athens! We left Boston about 4:40 Eastern Daylight Time, crossed the Atlantic, landed in Frankfurt long enough to change planes, and arrived in Athens at 1:00 (13:00 as they say here), which was 6:00 am to Ginger and me. We got to our hotel about 2:00, checked in, and then had to...

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    leaving on a jet plane

    by  • April 19, 2006 • 15 Comments

    Ginger and I are about to go on the trip of our lives. Tomorrow we leave Boston for Athens and three weeks of adventure tracing the steps of the Apostle Paul through Greece and Turkey. What I’m looking forward to most is three weeks with Ginger. Here are the places we’re going: Athens, Veroia,...

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    lenten journal: like jazz

    by  • April 17, 2006 • 10 Comments

    Jay, Eloise, Ginger, and I met for Easter Brunch at Bob’s Southern Bistro. They had a sumptuous buffet including fired chicken, barbeque, red beans and rice, black-eyed peas, eggs, cheese grits, bacon, macaroni and cheese, and some serious carrot cake, cheesecake, and banana pudding. Put that together with a jazz quartet that was doing...

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    lenten journal: blue guitar

    by  • April 16, 2006 • 2 Comments

    One of the regular joys of my life is reading Lewis Lapham’s “Notebook” each month in Harpers. Lapham announced in the May issue that he is stepping down as the editor, though he will still continue to write for the magazine six times a year. I love reading Lapham because he believes and demonstrates...

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    lenten journal: what is today?

    by  • April 14, 2006 • 0 Comments

    Some days on the calendar pass by as one in a succession of days. Others draw a line between before and after, leaving an indelible mark. They do not stand alone — even the most cataclysmic of events is a culmination of antecedents, but the event itself causes us to remember one day in...

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