• Posts Tagged ‘intentionality’

    it begins like this . . . .

    by  • January 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    A couple of weeks ago, I arrived early for my shift at the computer store, so I got a coffee at the Barnes and Noble next door and sat down at a table to read a little of my John Berger book. The chapter I opened to started: It begins like this . ....

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    intentional community

    by  • July 6, 2011 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Once upon a time, a guitar was a guitar. No qualifiers were needed. Then along came rock and roll and amplification and we needed more than one word to describe the stringed instrument because there was more than one kind. Thus, what had always been a guitar became an acoustic guitar to set it...

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    lenten journal: an important slight change

    by  • March 23, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I’ve been mulling over one sentence that I carried away from the Evening with Garrison Keillor the other night. I remember much more of the evening, but his closing word on one story has stayed with me in a more disquieting way as I have wondered how to write about it. He told us...

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    it’s my job

    by  • January 24, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    In the middle of the afternoon, as I was cooking for a friend and Ginger was sermonizing, as she calls it, she started reading MLK quotes to me, ending with this one, which she introduced by saying, “Here’s one I didn’t know.” If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should...

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    check yourself before you wreck yourself

    by  • January 6, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Today was one of the first days in a long time that I had some morning traveling time: I had to drive to Cary, about twenty miles away, for an appointment with my eye doctor, which meant I got to drive home with my eyes dilated and NPR on the radio. I only stopped...

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    of cardboard and connectedness

    by  • November 10, 2009 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    The loading dock area behind the West Union at Duke, in which my restaurant is located, is also where we go to throw away our trash. The singular term no longer applies because of the way we are expected to separate and organize our refuse for disposal. There is a giant dumpster where the...

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    life is a lyric

    by  • September 19, 2009 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Part of my morning ritual right now is chipping away at Jimmy Webb’s book, Tunesmith, which is about the art and process of song writing. Webb is one of my favorites. In the chapter, “It’s Only Words,” he talks about the songwriter’s task, different than most any other written art form is “technological haiku,”...

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    life is a poem

    by  • September 5, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    The last three weeks have been a bit of a blur for me. The restaurant at Duke reopened with the new semester and there were still things to do at the Durham restaurant beyond my usual responsibilities, leaving me with one day off in the last twenty or so days until today. Things have...

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    paying attention

    by  • May 23, 2009 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    In life, most days, it’s not so much what happens as it is what we notice, what we choose to remember and carry with us. A week or two ago, I noticed Julia Cameron’s The Writing Diet on the shelf at Barnes and Noble. She is the author of The Artist’s Way, a book...

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    lenten journal: learning breakfast

    by  • March 27, 2009 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    I had a few moments to check my blog reader before heading to work and found two quotes from two very different people, Beth and Maggi, both quoting others. I read them in this order. First: Everybody wants to be a rock star, but no one wants to learn the chords. and then: Seeing...

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