Rituals of the Ordinary

“The disaster had fallen out of sight, like the train itself, and if the calm that followed it was not greater than the calm that came before it, it had seemed so. And the dear ordinary had healed as...

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Sunshine in the Rain

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J D’Angelo Recently I went to a new doctor’s office for the first time, and as I waited in line at the front desk, I found...

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How do we see each other?

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky   When I meet with a group of teens at the church where I work, I typically ask everyone to say their name and what we’ve grown to refer to as “Happy/Crappy's.”  Not only...

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The Change of Human Character

On or about December 1910 human character changed.  I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered or a hen had laid an egg. The change was...

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The Serious Problems of Life

The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved.  If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost.  The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not...

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Golden

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, NRSV “I would never do that.”  These words recently crossed my mind in two different interactions with two...

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Imaginable

Keep some room in you heart for the unimaginable. - Mary Oliver About a year ago, I attended an event at the church where I work, and though I don’t remember the speaker’s talk topic or the theme of the...

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Verbal Privilege

What we need in the world is manners…I think that if, instead of preaching brotherly love, we preached good manners, we might get a little further. It sounds less righteous and more practical.  —Eleanor Roosevelt I think we can all...

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Key Moments

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of...

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Remedies

The Peace of Wild Things By Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where...

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