• Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

    lenten journal: second sleep

    by  • March 2, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    This is the first day this week I have not had to go to the computer store to work a shift after my day at school. This is also the morning I got up earlier than usual (4:30) to take Ginger to the airport to go help out a friend who recently suffered a...

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    this afternoon

    by  • June 30, 2011 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    the corn is growing(all eight plants)as are the squash sweet potatoes cinnamon basil bee balm figs and echinaceatomatoes gooseberriespeppers and eggplant(aubergine is a better name)along with muscadinespeaches and asian pearsI’m circling the gardenalong with schnauzersbutterflies and beesaware that walkingaround in my gardenis like walking aroundthe inside of my heart Peace,Milton

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    advent journal: you say it’s my birthday

    by  • December 13, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    On this Sunday of Joy during Advent, our children led us in a Posada, which is a tradition from Mexico and other Latin American countries. We had three “inns” set up around the church and the children traveled, following Mary and Joseph, to each door. They knocked and said, in unison, “We must find...

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    sunday sonnet #8

    by  • October 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    The sermon today was on the ten lepers whom Jesus healed and the one of them who returned to say, “Thanks.” As I thought about the story, I was struck by how much time we who are accustomed to comfort and privilege spend trying to explain pain and suffering, as though they were things...

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    lenten journal: mirror, mirror

    by  • March 22, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Years ago – OK, many years ago, my father and I were at a country fair in Cleburne, Texas. We walked around, ate fried things, and I remember enjoying the evening for the way it let him tell stories of his life growing up that I had not heard before. One of the things...

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    lenten journal: random thoughts

    by  • March 21, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Thanks to a link from a friend, I sat down to these words after watching my NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket go bust, thanks to the upsets of the day: The world is a confusing place. Correlation looks like causation; the signal sounds like the noise; randomness is everywhere. This raises the obvious question: How...

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    rainy day

    by  • February 6, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    take the umbrella, she saidbut I was not going to be gone for long and I don’t mindgetting a little wet I dryoff rather quickly the rain lasted mostall daya background of softapplauseto a thoughtful dayand Imust say I concur there aren’t many dayslike thiswhen hope clings to melike rainand love runs freelylike rainin...

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    I’m not proud to be an american

    by  • January 21, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    she said, in that way one speaksto get a reaction, or the way I titledthis poem so you’d keep reading.I’m not proud, she said, because Ihad nothing to do with it, deftly putting patriotism in a new light, a search light, underthe bare bulb of interrogation. What, then, can I be? Thankful:that I was...

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    advent journal: happy to be here

    by  • December 12, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    In my reading earlier in the week, Madeleine L’Engle (on a page I can’t find now) talked about the necessary structure of life giving us freedom. She used poetry in general, and the sonnet in particular, to make her point: the boundaries of the form create the space to move freely. I’ve had my...

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