• Posts Tagged ‘billy crockett’

    lenten journal: searching

    by  • March 7, 2019 • faith, lenten journal, music, poetry • 3 Comments

    I saw an article several weeks ago that said a study had shown that people who surround themselves with books they have not read are better adjusted because they are continually reminded of all they do not know. I didn’t even have to finish the article to feel vindicated in my life choices. Right...

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    advent journal: connections

    by  • December 11, 2018 • advent journal, community • 2 Comments

    Kenny Chesney followed me on Twitter this week. I have no idea why. But Kenny, if you’re reading this, would you mind promoting my books at your concerts? But seriously . . . I continue to be amazed by how we are connected. I met my friend Vijaya when we both were new teachers...

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    lenten journal: structure

    by  • March 2, 2016 • lenten journal, love, marriage • 5 Comments

    Today would have been my parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary, so this morning I went looking for Wendell Berry’s poem “The Country of Marriage” to set the tone for my day, landing on these words in particular: Our bond is no little economy based on the exchange of my love and work for yours, so...

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    lenten journal: old friend

    by  • February 29, 2016 • friends, lenten journal, music • 5 Comments

    Today’s words grew out of those suggested when I was crowdsourcing ideas for my Lenten writings. The suggestion was best friends. After hearing from some lifelong friends over the past several days in different ways, I made a slight adjustment.  Thinking about the words set me to thinking of songs, and so I offer another musical...

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    advent journal: sing to the night

    by  • December 9, 2015 • advent journal, christmas, music • 3 Comments

    We got our Christmas tree up today, along with the candles in the windows in good New England fashion. And it’s halfway through Advent. As I was working on things this afternoon, I listened to my friend Billy Crockett’s  song “Coasting Into Christmas” and found a helpful and hopeful resonance, which led me to...

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    the long road

    by  • October 2, 2015 • change, community, durham, friends, grief, music • 7 Comments

    Most any aspect of my life demands a soundtrack. I’ve spent the afternoon getting cookie batter ready to bake tonight and the music played right along with me. As I came up to write, I procrastinated a bit by putting together a playlist full of rain songs for us to bake by this evening,...

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    what love looks like

    by  • September 29, 2014 • communion, community, durham, grace, love • 6 Comments

    I wish you could have been with me this weekend. It was end-of-summer-trying-to-be-fall weather in our little City of Encouragement, and it was the thirtieth North Carolina Pride Festival, which Durham has hosted for all three decades. One of the roles our church plays in the festivities is to host the Ecumenical Communion Service...

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