Choosing the Birdsong

Maybe because in the wake of Orlando, I needed inspiration and so listened to David Foster Wallace's address to Kenyon College, captured in the small book, This is Water,  but I've been thinking a lot about choice. All of life is a choice. I know this is not revelatory information I am dropping here; if you're …

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(Un)Safe

It was 4:45 a.m., and the door from my bedroom to the back yard was open just far enough to let Blanca and Ivan go in and out. As I lay in bed listening to crickets and the odd cicada humming, I was warm, comfortable, and safe, enjoying the peace of not-quite morning. After these last few …

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Weekend Coffeeshare: Simplicity

If we were having coffee I would ask if you have found, as you mature, that it is the simplest things which make life most beautiful? Were you as foolish as I when very young, and dreamed of all manner of opulence and glory, and thought they made life worth living? No, I imagine you …

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Friday Five: Throwback Tunes

Oh those RevGals! They ask the best questions; maybe this is how they became Reverends. Rev. Michelle Torigian posed these: Which musical artist from your teen years would you love to see in concert? Which album was your favorite during high school? If you could create a festival (like Woodstock, Lilith Fair or Lollapalooza) of …

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Three Things Thursday: June 9, 2016

Idea for this exercise in gratitude stolen with permission from My Nerdery/This Nerd's Life. Check her out! I love her and I think you will, too. Three things that made me smile this week - This thing. Paul and I found it walking back from my unsuccessful attempt to get a good shot of the Adluh …

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Rape Culture

My blood is boiling. Brock Turner, a young man with a promising future, assaults a young woman, is caught in the act, brought to trial, and is let off with a ridiculously lenient sentence because in the judge's, Aaron Persky's, assessment to render justice would have a "severe impact" on his future. This is Rape Culture giving a …

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From Hot Dogs to Hope

The following is an editorial/article I wrote from my church newsletter. Resurrections: Moving Beyond Hot Dogs, Providing Hope for Homeless Couple Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Nichols, Director of Resurrections Ministries, and a team of seven more Resurrections faithful, for lunch. I was curious about a new venture they’re launching and Larry …

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Angry

Angry is the WordPress prompt of the day, and I started this by thinking of all the things I'm angry about, then deleted it all because it's not really angry I feel, it's more heartsick at the anger all around. When did optimistic Americans become so angry we're seriously considering electing a petulant 12-year old …

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