• lenten journal: still singing in the key of lent

    by  • March 29, 2014 • 1 Comment

    We’ve had a grey and somehow hopeful day here in Durham. As the rain stopped, people seemed ready to wipe off benches and chairs and fill the sidewalks and patios for supper. Ginger and I met friends for coffee that turned into dinner and I came home humming, ready to add to my on...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: eventide

    by  • March 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

    a breeze blows across the front porch of the heart — the song settles like an old dog circling until it’s just right the sadness hangs like the ferns we will put up once it gets warmer the last aromas of dinner have followed us out and will find their way into the darkness...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: thursday night dinner

    by  • March 27, 2014 • 5 Comments

    We gathered around our table for Thursday Night Dinner, which is a weekly occurrence at our house. We have a fairly regular group around the table, along with others who come occasionally, to eat and talk and laugh and be friends. For me, it is a chance to go exploring the culinary landscape to...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: making sense

    by  • March 26, 2014 • 6 Comments

    The end of March carries much significance. These are the days of March Madness when we watch basketball more than any other time of year. These are the days that mark at least the promise of Spring. These days are the gentle base path to Opening Day of the baseball season. And these last...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: let’s be together

    by  • March 25, 2014 • 3 Comments

    Today was a quintessential Durham Day. I started by dropping off cookies at Cocoa Cinnamon where I met Sarah, a member of our church, to talk about a fundraising dinner I am going to cater this summer for her nonprofit organization. Then I went to lunch with Leon, who owns Cocoa Cinnamon along with...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: altar

    by  • March 24, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I have walked with a limp all day my ankle bandaged, cane in hand, no great story — I sprained it with one simple step off of a crumpled concrete sidewalk; the same ankle I turned twice carrying our sick dog down the stairs a few years ago, and then again missing the last...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: from my church to you . . .

    by  • March 23, 2014 • 4 Comments

    My offering today consists of parts of our worship service at Pilgrim: the call to worship, the prayer of confession, and our benediction. I was moved by the words and wanted to pass them along. Call to Worship Lent is the journey into the acceptance of mystery, a time of self discovery designed to...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: a turn for the worse

    by  • March 22, 2014 • 3 Comments

    We took a long walk this morning through downtown Durham working to prepare for our walk of part of the Camino de Santiago coming up this summer. While we walked, a bunch of folks ran a 25K to commemorate twenty-five years of Merge Records. We were walking to end up at the end of...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: compassion competition

    by  • March 21, 2014 • 6 Comments

    Like many people in America, I’ve spent as much time as I could find the last two days watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. I enjoy the competition, whether I know the teams or not. And I would love for everyone to come down to the last shot, perhaps even overtime. The ability of...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: it’s complicated

    by  • March 20, 2014 • 3 Comments

    I woke up this morning thinking about music not only because of my post yesterday but because I had tickets tonight to see Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. Front row seats, thanks to my friend, Jay. So Ginger and I walked in the cool of this very first spring evening the half mile from...

    Read more →