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Notes from Jan

Notes from Jan

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

It’s a beauty of a morning at my Perch with breeze blowing off the Atlantic’s sun dappled waters. Feel like singing, twirling about (cautiously) on the deck, arms spread wide like Julie Andrews in the opening scene of The Sound of Music, only I’d…

June 8, 2019
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Blessings with a Side of Bacon

Yesterday I aged as gracefully as possible. My birthday, not I, fell on a Sunday, which helped. Driving to church, I found myself praying for God’s Spirit to show up, probably prompted by the banner at Our Lady of the Good Voyage Catholic church…

June 3, 2019
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Raw Redemption

Our book group met last night to discuss PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf. It’s not for all with its raw and seedy parts. But, like life, the story reveals grace from the unlikely, as well as graphic reminders of what it means to be human, both…

May 29, 2019
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The statue rests at the confluence of three rivers in Pittsburgh. The sculpture’s of a kind and gentle man, neither a saint, as usually defined, nor a war hero, just a good man. We know him as Mr. Rogers, who for decades through PBS,…

May 23, 2019
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Something for Nothing

Just outside the bathroom in a small alcove hangs the family bulletin board, displaying art, photos, schedules and various postings. My eyes were drawn to an assignment sheet from Basil’s third grade class. “GENEROSITY: Make a list of some things you can give or…

May 17, 2019
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A Heart to Heart Talk

Mary, I’ve been wondering. Before word reached you about Jesus being alive, your Jesus, but never just yours, had you stopped weeping and started expecting good to happen, again? Did shards of words, dug up from ancient prophecies and psalms, dapple your sleep with…

May 9, 2019
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Grace-Full Landing

Maybe the Easter story won’t let loose of me because we’re still studying Matthew in Community Bible Study. It’s possible. Whatever the reason, the stories within The Story grip me. While the disciples hid, a couple of courageous women, headed to the tomb, only to discover…

May 4, 2019
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One Way to Grow Older

Chad leaned over during the hymn and whispered in my better ear, “Mom, it’s time you start singing melody. You’re starting to sound like Dad.” What?! Moi? Someday I’m gonna buy him a baseball cap I saw on a friend in California. It read,”MAMA…

April 26, 2019
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Saturday Matters on Monday

Saturday, while preparing for Easter dinner and arranging Forsythia in a vase, I found myself wondering what Saturday was like for Mary. Mary, did friends and neighbors come with casseroles, like happens here when someone dies? Where were you staying, since Nazareth was home? Did…

April 22, 2019
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A New Maundy

Lent’s on its last legs, the final days of giving up, if we haven’t already given in to impulses and habits. Tonight some of us will go to church, not because we’re so holy, more because we’re needy and grateful for something we don’t…

April 18, 2019