• 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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    advent journal: i get it now

    by  • December 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

    I could blame it on somebody, but I’ll just fess up instead: I’ve watched my share of Hallmark Christmas movies. Though I love a good character-driven, emotional landslide where nothing much happens other than profound sadness, I get hooked waiting for the two people to figure out they were meant for each other and...

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    advent journal: mise en place

    by  • December 5, 2016 • 1 Comment

    Today was one of those days that didn’t have much on the schedule going into it, and yet was filled with unexpected moments I felt I had prepared for, somehow, which sent me back to a fragment of a poem I had hung on to, which I ended up finishing this way. Mis en place...

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    advent journal: this is us

    by  • December 4, 2016 • 1 Comment

    “This is Us” A Sermon for First Congregational Church of Guilford, UCC Matthew 11:2-11 December 4, 2016 Back in my days as a high school English teacher, one of my favorite essay questions was to ask them to describe their favorite sidekick in literature. You know what I mean: the one who is always...

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