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Notes from Jan

Simply Ordinary

These are ordinary times. Not Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter but simply ordinary. This is according to the Church liturgical year, not the Boston Globe or a social commentator. Well, yesterday, Dean Robert reminded me of this period, the ordinary days between the significant…

February 4, 2021
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Monday’s School for the Blind

For most folks today is just one more Monday. But to some Christians January 25 marks the feast of Saint Paul, aka Saul. The chief hater and destroyer of followers of the Way, as those who followed Jesus were called. That was long before…

January 25, 2021
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On the Eve of Instruction

Our nervous nation paces tonight. So much hangs on a fragile commitment to the peaceful transfer of power. In the 2000 election we dangled while Florida, and then the Supreme Court dealt with hanging chads and the outcome of a very close race. But…

January 19, 2021
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Epiphany and Infamy

Maybe it’s not so strange that a day of infamy happened in our country’s Capitol on January sixth. It’s the Day of the Epiphany of Jesus the Christ for many Christians. On this date we remember the Magi who brought gifts laden with meaning…

January 14, 2021
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On The Twelfth Day of Christmas

Whew! I'm not late. I feel like Scrooge who awoke and learned he hadn't missed Christmas. There's still time to send Christmas greetings! Thank God for the internet.(sometimes) As for you who sent cards through the much maligned US Postal Service, thank you. You…

January 5, 2021
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Routine Matters

The older I get, the more I value and need routine. It keeps me from overthinking, or thinking at all. Like,what to wear? I decide the night before, when I’m more lucid, which isn’t saying much. Since the pandemic took its deadly turn, and…

December 31, 2020
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The Long and Short of It

Long lines and short tempers. Short on cash but long on hope. Long zoom hours, shortened togetherness. Longer hair and shorter memories of life before lock downs and odd words. Which, alas, are now embedded into everyday. As the Boston Globe recently reminded me,…

December 29, 2020
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Leafless Beauty

For days Dean Robert taught about trees. Not Christmas trees but the ones we live among throughout the year. England abounds in astonishing varieties. Today, as the Dean began morning prayers from the Canterbury gardens he simply stated, “This morning I sit beneath a…

December 18, 2020
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Of Broken Lights

Recent winds shook the house, removed some shingles, rearranged a chair on my deck, separated a swag of evergreens from its red bow and toppled the lamppost in front of our condo. While nature blustered, I grabbed a flashlight, in case of a power…

December 10, 2020
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Holy Oddities

They celebrate Letter Writing Day and National Tree Week in England. Dean Robert’s taught me much about life here and there from his pulpit amidst roses and roosters in the gardens, patches and pens around the Canterbury Cathedral. Yesterday, the first Sunday of Advent,…

November 30, 2020