• lenten journal: mob and masterpiece

    by  • March 18, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Here’s what I learned yesterday: f you want to fill up your restaurant on St. Patrick’s day – at least in the Boston area – serve corned beef and cabbage (we threw in some roasted potatoes, carrot ribbons, and diced turnips) at a bargain price (all for $9.95, with dessert) and the joint will...

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    lenten journal: be a love dog

    by  • March 17, 2006 • 6 Comments

    Today may be St. Patrick’s Day, but yesterday was the meeting of the Greater Marshfield Clergy Spousal Support Group and Book Club (with subcommittees on Fine Ales and Spicy Foods), which meets with some regularity at Namaste, a wonderful Indian restaurant in Plymouth. The group is made up of my friend Doug, whose wife...

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    lenten journal: ray charles saved my life

    by  • March 16, 2006 • 6 Comments

    One of the great things about working in restaurants in the greater Boston area is I get to work with Brazilians. If it were not for them, the restaurant industry would cease to function in eastern Massachusetts. We have three folks who work in our kitchen as dishwashers and prep cooks: Thelma, Wesley, and...

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    lenten journal: winding along

    by  • March 15, 2006 • 3 Comments

    The last thing I did last night, before I fell asleep watching The Colbert Report, was write. Today is just beginning for me. Ginger and I have had breakfast and talked about what our days hold. The first thing on my list this morning is to write because this is where I can find...

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    lenten journal: what you got?

    by  • March 15, 2006 • 2 Comments

    There are days that drain you and days that fill you up. I got filled up today. I went back to our old stomping grounds in Winchester to speak to Touchstones, a group of women who gather each week to study, talk, and grow together. They asked me to come talk about my Lenten...

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    lenten journal: circling

    by  • March 13, 2006 • 3 Comments

    One of the traditions Ginger and I observe every year is a trip to the New England Flower Show in Boston. Officially, spring is eight days away; realistically, I don’t plant much of anything until after Memorial Day. An exposition hall full of blooms is a welcome sight in these parts. Some years we...

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    lenten journal: wreaking holy havoc

    by  • March 13, 2006 • 3 Comments

    We blow out candles at our church during Lent. It’s a tradition I’ve not seen anywhere else. One of the members of the church who is an excellent woodworker created a cross that lays at about a forty-five degree angle and has enough holes to represent each of the Sundays in the Lenten season....

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    lenten journal: to be of use

    by  • March 11, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Saturday is the hardest day to write. Friday morning I can get up and get going before I have to go to the restaurant where I work ten to ten. My schedule is the same on Saturday, but it’s also the middle day. Sundays are full as well at my other job: two services...

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    lenten journal: hey, that’s me!

    by  • March 10, 2006 • 4 Comments

    This is one of those mornings where I have to write like the wind. Yesterday was errand day: grocery shopping, filling up the car with gas, filling my Celexa prescription, and finding a birthday present for our friend Todd – which means a trip to Borders. I took Parker Palmer with me as I...

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    lenten journal: samosas and significance

    by  • March 9, 2006 • 7 Comments

    I woke up this morning thinking about how the circumstances of life alter our fields of vision. I got a packet of information in the mail from Global Exchange yesterday. They are a wonderful organization deeply committed to social justice on many fronts and have been one of the primary sources of information for...

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