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At the turning of the year

Christmas then and now

Time to stand and stare

There are many ways and reasons to fall. Leaves in this part of the world are preparing for their annual autumnal fall. Some already have fallen, and the maple in front of the house is nearly halfway from green to red. In another four weeks, maybe sooner, I expect it will be bare. The annual […]

Keeping first things first

When James was a young boy, he wanted to be the most famous and wealthiest maker and seller of cheese in the world, so he started a small business with a little wagon and a pony named Paddy. After making his cheese, he would load his wagon, and he and Paddy would drive into the […]

You are set free

The story of the woman with the crippling spirit (Luke 13:10-17) is not one of the more familiar healing stories, but it ought to be. There are so many ways it touches our lives, it’s hard to know where to focus – the woman with the crippling spirit; the leader of the synagogue, who was […]

On blessings and woes

Call it what you will – the reign of God, the kingdom of heaven, the more and better life than you ever dreamed of having (John 10:10 MSG) – the quality of life you’ve been yearning for is right under your nose, and most of us never see it (Gosp. Thomas 113). Why don’t we? […]

Cleansing the doors of perception

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” (William Blake)

A shrinking circle of friends (interlude)

Soon after posting my last entry, “A shrinking circle of friends,” one friend who’s still in my circle sent me a long and thoughtful message in reply, a message that got me thinking about how my circle of friends takes shape and about what friends offer to one another. A longer “Part 2” to my […]

A palette of simple things

Short-story writer Andre Dubus was born on this day (Aug. 11) in 1936. He wrote stories about regular people like bartenders, mechanics, and waitresses, maybe even like me. After an accident which resulted in the loss of one of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he said, […]