Vice and Virtue: Giving up on Judgment
Published 3/19/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
Swearing off chardonnay or Hershey bars for 40 days (Sundays and feast days excepted) had a certain old-school clarity about it that I almost miss.
Before and After: DIY, Spiritual Edition
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
There comes a moment when everything appears to be in ruins, when the old is gone and the new is not yet in place. In life, as in home improvement, it is this moment I dread.
Under New Management: Let it Be
Published 1/15/2014 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
So I’m cutting loose. What I will do with all the energy that went into my management job, I can’t yet imagine. It could probably power a giant turbine somewhere, or pull a monster truck.
Calendar Girl: The Holiday Machine Winds Down
Published 12/18/2013 at 11:07 a.m. 1 comment
So here I am again, mid-December, cranking up the holiday machine. The gears sound a little rusty, but I gun the engine and push on.
Soul Mates: Bridging the Distance
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 1 comment
It’s November, month of remembrance. In my church, the names of the dead are written on large pieces of poster board placed on the altar. By November 2nd, the boards are full.
Season's Greeting: Are We There Yet?
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments
How can I be done when the light keeps gilding buildings and bridges and even bus shelters, turning the most utilitarian piles of brick and steel into instant monuments?
Attention Deficit: Following Instructions
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:37 a.m. 1 comment
I’m a fan of clear directions.
Baby, It's You: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
It feels like a bona fide spiritual experience, as though in this Sunday morning hour I have traveled through a lifetime.
Sorrow’s Springs: Tracing the Tracks of Tears
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 1 comment
I’m not a crier.
Icons Rock: The Hits Never Quit
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
Something’s wrong here. James Taylor isn’t supposed to be old. Neither are Carole King, or Paul McCartney, or heaven forbid, Mick Jagger. Rock ’n’ roll icons don’t age. It’s an axiom of life.
Sneak Preview: Reeling Through Life
Published 5/8/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
There are those who believe that when you die, you will be required to watch a movie of your life. The whole story will be there, reel after reel projected on some celestial screen.
Year One: Tracking Grief's Learning Curve
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
A year ago at this time, I began to feel the earth shift under my feet. My cell phone rang in a hotel lobby, and I sat down on a leather bench and listened to my sister tell me that ...
Chopper Down: Hovering Over the Truth
Published 3/13/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
So here’s a news flash. The latest research indicates that helicopter parents are doing their children a grave disservice.
Hard Times: It’s All relative
Published 2/13/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
I am beset with a host of first-world problems, domestic disasters so trivial in the overall scheme of things that I am ashamed to list them, even to myself.
Published 1/9/2013 at 12:33 p.m. 0 comments
Eight days after Newtown, he told us that it would actually be a good thing to go to heaven. He had not been told of the event.
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