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  • Saints Preserve Us Published 11/9/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments

    My personal saints have no marquee value. They do not appear on any calendar or stained glass window. There are no statues of them in parish churches. If I told you their names, you would not recognize them as spiritual ...

  • Checking the Life Lists Published 10/5/2011 at 12:08 p.m. 0 comments

    Wisdom, I have come to believe, lies in accepting one’s limitations while not using them as an excuse for laziness, whining, or general laxity.

  • An Unlikely Vols Fan Knows the Score Published 9/7/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments

    So here we are again in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness that Keats wrote about, the long, languid autumn that redeems the brutal summer. The light has begun to soften, filtering through leaves whose green is deeper now, ...

  • Ticket to Ride Published 8/3/2011 at 5:03 p.m. 0 comments

    I don’t like crowds. I don’t like noise. I don’t like funnel cake. I don’t like giant cartoon characters looming over me like neon-colored predators, nor do I want to stand on line for three hours to hyperventilate on the ...

  • Story Time Published 7/6/2011 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments

    And then, out of nowhere, the moment arrives when the antique charm of your childhood becomes the stuff of legend.

  • Get Rich Quick Published 6/8/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 0 comments

    One in five lottery winners ends up broke in three years. I read this statistic and shake my head. The people who lose it all are careless and gullible. They make bad investments. They fall for every sob story. They ...

  • Hurry Up and Wait Published 5/11/2011 at 4:05 p.m. 0 comments

    I am standing in the front hall with three small grandchildren, bundling them into jackets against the April chill. It is 9 a.m. on the first day of my week as caregiver. Breakfast eaten: check. Kitchen tidy: not really. Children ...

  • Spring Thaw Published 4/6/2011 at 12:30 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s here again. The evidence is overwhelming. The pink tree outside my building is in bloom, and the grass is full of those little blue flowers that are weeds but still incredibly delicate and heart-stirring and seem to cry out ...

  • Release the Hound Published 3/2/2011 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments

    Clicking my way through TV’s vast wasteland (300 channels and nothing to watch) on a recent evening, I met an old friend.

  • After the Fall Published 2/2/2011 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments

    A recent tumble down a steep driveway has left me with a broken foot, a painful shoulder, and a bad case of powerlessness.

  • The Living End Published 1/5/2011 at 11:46 a.m. 0 comments

    What do we have to look forward to in the new year? Well, for starters, there’s the end of the world as we know it. According to the North Carolina seeress promulgating the current prediction, it’s slated for May 21. ...

  • The Art of Waiting Published 12/8/2010 at 3:12 p.m. 1 comment

    Here’s my favorite thing about Christmas: Advent. As a season, it has a lot to recommend it. It’s shorter than Lent. It does not involve presents, cookies, or inflated expectations. There’s not much decorating, except for a wreath and some ...

  • A Luddite Listens Published 11/10/2010 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments

    In a world of relentless technology, it’s a sound that hasn’t changed since my childhood. It’s the whistle of the train that brought my grandmother to visit long ago, heralding her arrival as we waited eagerly on the platform. It’s ...

  • The Gift That Endures Published 10/13/2010 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments

    Four score and ten has a Biblical ring to it, although not many people in those days made it to 90. Even by today’s long-lived standards, it’s a big number.

  • Old School Published 9/15/2010 at 9:44 a.m. 0 comments

    The world, I have heard it said, is roughly divided into two groups of people. Those who go to their class reunions. And those who don’t.