• advent journal: incremental incarnation

    by  • December 24, 2016 • 8 Comments

    I didn’t write yesterday because I didn’t sleep well the night before. On purpose. As one who lives with sleep apnea, from time to time I have to take a sleep test, which means trying to sleep without my CPAP, affectionately known at our house as my Snuffleupagus Machine because it requires of me...

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    advent journal: the longest night

    by  • December 21, 2016 • 4 Comments

    As I rode the train into New York, hoping for sunrise this morning, I came across an article shared by a couple of friends stating that tonight would be “the darkest night in 500 years” because the solstice was paired with a lunar eclipse. Now there’s a metaphor, I thought, because that is how...

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    advent journal: singing towards bethlehem

    by  • December 20, 2016 • 4 Comments

    A comment from my friend Jeff on last night’s post sent me on a bit of a musical journey today, so I thought I would invite you to make it with me as we head to the manger. After reading about our new house in Durham, he quoted the chorus of a Kenny Loggins record I...

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    advent journal: home by another way

    by  • December 19, 2016 • 18 Comments

    I haven’t written for the last few days because we have been traveling. Wednesday night, after our Service of Reflection and Remembrance, Ginger and I loaded up a rented van with some furniture, pictures, and household goods we had packed in the barn and began driving to Durham, North Carolina (in New England, you...

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    advent journal: breathing lessons

    by  • December 13, 2016 • 5 Comments

    The book I started on my ride to New York this morning was Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry by Donald Hall. A couple of pages in, I found this sentence: Their house was always dark: it felt like held breath. (5) The sentence stayed with me. When I sat...

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    advent journal: doing the math

    by  • December 11, 2016 • 1 Comment

    I’m seventy minutes away from the end of my sixtieth year, as I sit down to write, and I have a confession to make: I am not a mathematician. I did, however, just stumble upon something as I was trying to figure out what words to use to close out this decade and begin...

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    advent journal: a wonderful day

    by  • December 10, 2016 • 4 Comments

    The fact that Ginger and I have been in Guilford a little over a year now means we are beginning to do things for the second time; our inaugural year is over. Last year I was invited to serve on the Christmas Tree Committee, which, I learned, meets only once a year on the...

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    advent journal: caught by surprise

    by  • December 9, 2016 • 12 Comments

    My plan for this evening was to write my blog post. Ginger was finishing her sermon for Sunday. The two of us were at a coffee shop in Branford, the town next to us. About seven, she said she was hungry and suggested we pick up a gift certificate we had at home for...

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    advent journal: people, stay . . .

    by  • December 8, 2016 • 4 Comments

    During the course of the day, this video showed up in the feed of a Facebook friend who lives in California. If you don’t want to take time to watch the video, it is a promo for a new store Amazon is opening in Seattle in January called Amazon Go that allows you to...

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    advent journal: getting found in the details

    by  • December 7, 2016 • 3 Comments

    In my job as an editor, some days are big picture days and some days are detail days. Today was the latter. I spent most of it making sure certain words were where they were supposed to be, page after page. It’s not the most glamorous work, but one of the reasons I know...

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