• Posts Tagged ‘language’

    the grammar of togetherness

    by  • August 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Here is the manuscript of the sermon I preached this morning at Pilgrim UCC here in Durham. For many of us, text messaging is a part of life. There’s much of what comes with sending texts that works for me. I like being able to send and receive messages that don’t require I answer...

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    lenten journal: what language shall I borrow?

    by  • April 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Marco Werman, the anchor for The World, said, “texted” in a sentence as the past tense of the verb “to text.” Though I’ve come to terms with the transition “text” has made form noun to verb (notice I didn’t say, “transitioned”), I’ve struggled with how to speak of texting in the past tense. It...

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    best lights

    by  • November 8, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It’s not so much the wordsas the way they sometimesline up, the way they areplaced on the page —single syllables can speak,tear open false healings,deep calling to deepwith faith and familiarityboth brand new and ages old.I saw these four words:our own best lightsat the tail end of a sentenceabout being true and I wondered...

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    by  • May 27, 2009 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments

    It’s not somuch what I saybut what you hear – I can pick throughmy words like fruit,choosing what’sripe and ready – I can order themmeticulously, likemosaic tiles turningtiny chips of meaninginto a shining image – I can pack themlike pipe bombs, fullof all I know the worldneeds to explodewhat is wrong and leavepeace in...

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    by  • May 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    On this, the last day of National Poetry Month, the least I can do is offer a verse of my own. vocabulary treppenwitz is a word that means“a clever remark that comes to mindwhen it is too late to utter it”(of course, you have to be speakingGerman for it to make sense) In New...

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    lenten journal: the imagination of language

    by  • March 24, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I was catching up on my Writer’s Almanac tonight and found yesterday was the shared birthday of Billy Collins and Edith Grossman. Billy Collins was the US Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and holds the distinction of being a poet who actually sells books. Edith Grossman is a book translator, known best for her translations...

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    lenten journal: in our own words

    by  • March 22, 2008 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    One of the things my friend Mia have in common is we both spent part of our adolescence in Kenya. She sent me a link today to the NPR program, Speaking of Faith with Katrina Tippet, which was new to me because it doesn’t play on our local station. This week’s program revisits an...

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    advent journal: a forward God

    by  • December 21, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    As Jay and I were eating breakfast this morning, he began laughing at an email message he received, a Christmas letter from one of his co-workers. Her holiday letter of gratitude focused on forwarded email. Here’s part of what she had to say: As another year will shortly be a memory, my heartfelt appreciation...

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    advent journal: nothing but the text

    by  • December 4, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Today is Joseph Conrad’s birthday; he’d be one hundred and fifty, if he had lived. While the significance of the date has dwindled for most, I make note because Heart of Darkness is one of my favorite books. If I were to name three books I wish were not relegated to being considered “high...

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    on beyond kingdom

    by  • November 23, 2007 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    When my family gets together, the conversation eventually turns to church. On my Cunningham side, it’s the family business going back three generations and we love to talk. On my Brasher side, I married a minister who dives into her faith and her profession with both head and heart; we all have a lot...

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