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Notes from Jan

Notes from Jan

Fireside Chat

To start with, Lucy’s seven, not the age of a sage. I’m more than ten times her age. So what can she teach me about  Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace?  I know the story. The first time I heard it, Mrs. Miller,…

October 18, 2019
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Every Now and Then We Need a Little “WOW!”

The child loves music but so do  many children around the world.   What makes this different is how Ronan, age nine, responded last spring when his grandfather took him to Symphony Hall to hear a concert by the Handel and Haydn Society. This past…

October 8, 2019
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Whispering Hope

The wind stirs the grasses, clinging to crevices in the rocks outside my Perch. There’s a saying in the Talmud, “Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘grow.’ ” Today would’ve been Jud’s 79th birthday. Call me nuts,…

October 1, 2019
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Fall, Fallout and Faithfulness

  Pumpkins and mums on porches and steps, signs of Fall in New England, our show-off season. Some maples  show hints orange is the new green. Outside my Perch the marsh yellows.   Good Harbor beach sees fewer swimmers,  more dogs. Two boats hug the…

September 28, 2019
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Common Ground Isn’t so Common

The debate started on the way to church, leaving one grandchild sobbing,  the other determined to stand her ground. “We will NOT serve Mama and Daddy’s anniversary dinner in the tree house, Poco!” “You always have to have everything your way, Maggie.  Mama’d love …

September 18, 2019
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A Taste of Church at the Farmer’s Market

What’s not to love about a late summer’s day, puttering around the farmer’s market at Stage Fort Park, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic ocean behaving itself. An eco-friendly bag dangles off my arm, important identification with responsible folk who buy locally and organic…

September 12, 2019
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Summer’s Leftovers

Sand scrunches underfoot as I make my way from the kitchen sink to the table while clutching a mug of coffee. In the background a load of laundry sloshes, while the dryer hums, two performing their dutiful duet. Beds, shed of linens, rest unencumbered.…

September 5, 2019
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Blowing in the Wind

This is not the title for the final post of a colonoscopy trilogy. However, my written lab report arrived stating, “No further tests needed.” Gloucester appears to be celebrating with me by flushing hydrants all over town. Easy to say, “Life is good” when…

August 28, 2019
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When the End Justifies the Means

Worthwhile consideration prior to a colonoscopy, “Does the end justify the means?” Then again, the prep left little time to ponder anything more than how fast can I get from here to there. Since coming home, I’ve concluded our hospital needed better planners. The…

August 21, 2019
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Life on the Run

The doctor might as well have added to his instructions “remain seated with seatbelt securely fastened due to turbulence.” Prepping for tomorrow’s routine colonoscopy is anything but routine. Yesterday, I heard there’s a pill you can take. Too late, already invested in Gatorade, Miralax,…

August 20, 2019