• Posts Tagged ‘mary oliver’


    by  • April 12, 2016 • poetry, words • 6 Comments

    workout I started the day by going to the gym (things I rarely write for 400, Alex), wishing the process of lessening my presence on the planet did not involve rooms with pumped up jams and rows of televisions blasting morning shows. I came prepared with headphones and the podcast of a poet—Mary Oliver,...

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    lenten journal: perspective

    by  • March 18, 2015 • america, grief, lenten journal, love, poetry • 2 Comments

    It’s not hard to find pain around us. I can name several friends who have marked the anniversary of a parent’s death, some who are facing difficult decisions about their jobs, others dealing with illnesses and uncertain outcomes. That just skims the surface. Pain is common currency, along with disappointment and loss. One of...

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    lenten journal: paint

    by  • March 15, 2015 • community, grace, lenten journal • 6 Comments

    Of all the gifts Ginger has given me over our quarter century of living gifts to one another, one that sits high on the list was a iconography classes. Thanks to her ingenuity and thoughtfulness, I got to go once a week to Andover Newton Theological School and work with Christopher Gosey, who was...

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    wild goose ride

    by  • June 27, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    A number of years ago a woman named Martha, who went to school with me at Nairobi International School (NIS) when we were both in ninth grade, contacted as many of us as she could and compelled us to get together again. The invitation was too good to turn down: I had not seen...

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    lenten journal: bear with me

    by  • March 20, 2012 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    In my post yesterday I quoted from Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at South-by- Southwest, which I would like to repeat: The purity of human expression and experience is not confined – there’s no pure way of doing it; there’s just doing it . . . . At the end of the day, it’s the...

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    advent journal: blessed are those that mourn

    by  • December 12, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I looked forward to being the prophet this morning at church. The verses that were mine to inhabit as I put on my robe and walked down the aisle of the church are some of my favorites from Isaiah 61: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed meto...

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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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    lenten journal: what the kids said

    by  • March 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I can’t say I have ever heard God speak out loud, but I think I’ve come close. Whatever God’s voice actually sounds like, I think I come close to hearing it when our children lead worship. Last Sunday, they led our call to worship by lining up in front of the Communion table and...

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