• Posts Tagged ‘failure’

    lenten journal: part of the story

    by  • March 26, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Here’s more of Stephen Dunn, once again, from my reading today. These are the opening words to a chapter titled, “The Hand Reaching Into the Crowd.” We live in a graceless age. Accordingly the word grace (in its various parts of speech) has lost power and significance, though it is frequently used. We have...

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    lenten journal: ash monday

    by  • March 9, 2011 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Ash Wednesday showed up early for me this year because I was given the chance, thanks to my friends Lori and Terry, to hear Garrison Keillor tell stories. Though I have listened to him on the radio for thirty years, I’ve never heard him live. Monday, he showed up unadorned, without any of his...

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    capitulating to can’t

    by  • August 31, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    During the middle of my junior year in high school, my family moved to Houston, Texas and I became a student at Westbury High School. I knew no one in the building and began as a new student in January. It was the worst transition of any of the several transitions I made from...

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    lenten journal: failer

    by  • February 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Over the past several days, I’ve only been able to see bits and pieces of the Winter Olympics, partly because of my work schedule and partly because I’ve chosen other things. I’ve let my knowledge of what’s going on be fed, mostly, by the highlight reels and news blurbs. I’ve heard enough of Joannie...

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    grade and grace

    by  • July 13, 2008 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Two things have spoken to me this week: music and muffins. As I’ve mentioned before, part of my daily ritual at the restaurant is to make the English muffins that serve as the buns for our hamburgers and shrimp burgers. The recipe takes time, so as I’m walking in at eight each morning I...

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    coming up short

    by  • April 23, 2008 • Uncategorized • 13 Comments

    The assignment was simple: meet at the catering shop to pick up the food and then go to the site to cook dinner for eight people: Appetizers:curried crab cakes with cucumber yogurt dipping sauceendive leaves with roasted beets and bleu cheese Salad of pea shoots and mixed greens with dill, chives, and mint with...

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    advent journal: what I remember

    by  • December 9, 2007 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    A new acquaintance opened a door to some old memories for me this evening. Thanks to the connections at CCBlogs, I found Peculiar Preacher, who turns out to be someone with whom I probably share any number of mutual friends since we both attended Baylor and spent a good deal of time in Texas....

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    a day of peace

    by  • September 21, 2007 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Thanks to Tess at Anchors and Masts, I saw the video below and learned about the work of Peace Direct and that today, September 21, is the United Nations International Day of Peace. At one point in the short film, as Gill is putting on her artificial legs, the text reads, “Gill believes in...

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    the rest of the story

    by  • July 24, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    There’s always something new to learn. As many times as I’ve either heard or read the parable of The Good Samaritan and the story of Jesus’ visit with Mary and Martha, I’d never thought about the two being connected until Ginger mentioned it in her sermon last Sunday. Both are stories about people stopping...

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    what’s cookin’

    by  • July 4, 2007 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    I went looking for a job today. I’ve made only a marginal effort since I was fired from The Inn because I knew I was going on mission trip and had a couple of other things on the calendar and I couldn’t see starting a new gig by saying, “Oh – and I need...

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