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Vice and Virtue: Giving up on Judgment
Published 03/19/2014 at 11:05 a.m.
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 02/19/2014 at 10:15 a.m.
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 01/15/2014 at 10:35 a.m.
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.
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 09/18/2013 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 08/14/2013 at 10:43 a.m.
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 07/10/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 1 Comment
I’m not a crier.
Icons Rock: The Hits Never Quit
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:16 a.m.
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.