Monthly Archives: November 2014

Advent Word: Look

Today was an amazingly beautiful late Autumn day in Virginia. After several days of chilly weather…including some Thanksgiving hail…it felt refreshing to be outside in plain clothes without shivering. A stockpile of bulbs awaited planting: tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth, crocus. … Continue reading

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Virtual Advent Calendar

Today is the beginning of Advent, and the artists and photographers of my faith community at St. Thomas Episcopal Church have put together a virtual calendar of photographs and readings for this season. This year’s theme is, “The Light Within.” Follow … Continue reading

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Spoken Word

When I was twenty-one and in social work school, I look a class in solution-focused brief therapy.  Back in the day, this was cutting edge and transformational to the way in which traditional psychotherapy was taught: lengthy problem-focused assessment and … Continue reading

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Simple Gifts

The past few days have been both exhilarating and exhausting. I cannot fully recap in the brief words of a blog post what it means to bring a project like Turkeys of Thanks through to its conclusion, including the distribution … Continue reading

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Mega Savings

I come from a long line of frugal people. Growing up, the grocery story circulars would come around mid-week, and we’d begin making a list by store chain of items listed for sale.  We often re-purposed an old envelope, so that … Continue reading

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Privilege and Egg Salad

Today, I am exceedingly privileged. I parked on campus, walked to my favorite vegetarian dive coffee shop and ordered my stand-by favorite lunch of egg salad on wheat with lettuce, tomato and sprouts accompanied by a side salad with orange-tahini … Continue reading

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Turkeys of Thanks

An update on the “Turkeys of Thanks” campaign that I began Talking Turkey back in September. I stood in front of my congregation today, six weeks after we began, feeling my eyes moisten with tears as I announced that we … Continue reading

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Wise Moon

I wish I could remember the first time I saw the moon. I mean, the first time I really saw the moon. It would have been a moment like tonight, when my car turned the corner en route from pizza … Continue reading

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Prayer of St. Hilda

It’s All Saints Day. This auspicious holy day at my church is marked by our annual “Saints Walk” where various parishioners dress and tell stories of the Holy Women and Holy Men who have lived, and worked, and worshipped in … Continue reading

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Seen and Unseen

I have always loved Halloween, even when it was a “forbidden” holiday in some circles that surrounded me in my youth. We may have dressed-up for “Harvest Parties” at church, and perhaps a bit of trick-or-treat to neighbors and family. … Continue reading

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