• Posts Tagged ‘family’

    lenten journal: handle with care

    by  • April 4, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Ginger and I spent most of the day today at my parents’ house going through things and identifying stuff we want as they prepare to move from their house where they have lived for thirteen years, to a much smaller apartment. The journey through boxes, shelves, cabinets, and closets was a roller coaster of...

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    lenten journal: reflection

    by  • March 18, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    there are days I lay awakeat night and wonder even worry about what’s to comebecause the future feels like a past due account and I have already spent my timethinking about tomorrowputting the tense in present there are nights like thiswhen I fall asleep holding on to the day like the last bite of...

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    lenten journal: when it don’t come easy

    by  • March 5, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Our former foster daughter came to Durham this weekend because she is hurting and needed to be cared for. The only words I can find tonight belong to Patty Griffin and her song, “When It Don’t Come Easy” because it is such a tangible description of what love is: “if you break down, I’ll...

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    lenten journal: chapter

    by  • March 4, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    saturday night at ben and jerry’sthey were the only ones in the placebeside the two behind the counterthey could be identified bythe flavors they had ordered:peanut and banana greek yogurtnew york super fudge chunkchocolate with sprinklesjimmy fallon’s late night snackbut that doesn’t tell the whole storythere’s also the flavor of painone lost her husband...

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    letting lola go . . .

    by  • February 1, 2012 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Today we said goodbye to Lola, our eldest Schnauzer, who lived life with determination, never flinched from speaking up when she thought something (or someone) was wrong or there was a chance for a snack, and loved with her whole being. Life finally wore her out and we had to let her go on...

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    advent journal: poem, too

    by  • December 6, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The spirit        likes to dress up like this:             ten fingers,                  ten toes . . . (Mary Oliver, “Poem”) My father-in-law, Reuben Brasher, would have been eighty-one tomorrow; Wednesday marks eight weeks since he died.  I miss him. poem, too I think the Spirit liked to dress up like Reuben:every ounce of...

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    go home to your friends

    by  • November 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ben and Scott Cunningham are wonderful songwriters and musicians, and awesome people as well. They are also my nephews. As a band, they call themselves The Olive Tree and they have just released a new collection (am I still allowed to call it an album?) that they offer as a free download at bandcamp.com....

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    saying goodbye

    by  • October 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    I’ve been quiet here for the last several days because we have been saying goodbye to my father-in-law, Reuben Brasher, who has been living with us for the last fourteen months as his Alzheimer’s made him disappear and who crossed over Wednesday afternoon. We are in Birmingham with family and friends to bury him...

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    traffic jam

    by  • September 22, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    the freeway of love –that’s what we’ve called itsince the first weekwe moved hereand began navigatinglife in our new city and we smiledwhen traffic reportsof snarls and slowdowns brought backmemories of route 3and real traffic four years onI wonder if anyone has evercalculated which carmoves things froma crawl to a halt which circumstance —the...

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    advent journal: nothing new to say

    by  • December 7, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    When we came out of the restaurant, the air was raw – even people who know what real winter is would have shared my weather report. The wind was biting and we all braced ourselves as we walked to the car. We went out on a winter’s night because Reuben, my father-in-law, turned eighty...

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