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Advent Word: Beautify

It seems ironic that “beautify” is the word on which I am meditating today. It has not been a “beautiful” kind of day. It has been a busy day, a challenging day, an ordinary day where the stresses and strains … Continue reading

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Late Night Neighbors

I was sitting quietly outside on this beautiful Spring evening. Now in my 40’s, living comfortably as a college professor, it seems odd to me when pieces of my life…times that even now seem distant…flit through my mind. It has … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Tea

My colleague and I were having lunch today at a favorite local Thai restaurant a short walk from our office. We both ordered jasmine tea, enjoying sipping over lunch and conversation. It was a simple, lovely moment in the midst … Continue reading

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Blizzard

Like most people who have spent a chunk of time in cold, snowy climates, I have no shortage of stories about ice storms, snow storms, and frigid cold weather. In Buffalo, snowstorms are measured in feet, and continuous days of … Continue reading

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brokenness

There are days when brokenness is palpable.  There is brokenness in my community of friends, several of whom struggle with the pain of loss and have been recently visited by the depths of grief.  There is brokenness in the federal … Continue reading

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Try to Remember

When I lived in St. Louis, I became a fan of the outdoor musical theatre company called the MUNY, which generally performed 8 shows each summer at one week duration each. The MUNY experience involved 10,000 people sitting shoulder to … Continue reading

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Good Samaritans and Great Neighbors

(Week 1 of a 16 week “Who is My Neighbor?” faith formation series at St. Thomas Episcopal Church) The Master Story: The Parable of the Good Samaritan Lectionary Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37 The Gospel reading for this week provides us … Continue reading

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Have the Conversation

In this week where we are about to celebrate the Fourth of July, we the people of the United States have finally started having a conversation. Granted, we are still firing up our grills and bantering about whether air shows … Continue reading

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