Notes from Jan

Heart to Heart not Hand to Hand

It’s Sunday and I’m sitting at home, not in a pew. Feels odd. For me, Sunday and church go together like bacon and eggs, which actually show up  every Sunday at our church, during adult Sunday School’s Bible and Breakfast. Church’s  suspended to slow…

March 15, 2020
Notes from Jan

On Laughter and Lions

The Corona Virus is no laughing matter. It’s deadly serious but to wrap ourselves in fear and cave to panic is an emotional and psychological killer. So, why laugh?  For one thing,”A merry heart’s good medicine.”(Proverbs 17:23) This morning’s Boston Globe brought numbing news …

March 13, 2020
Notes from Jan

Hand Wringing and Hand Washing

Stood in line to weigh-in at Weight Watchers yesterday,  head bowed, hands folded. The woman behind me whispered, “Are you praying?” “Nope, too late for that.” We both laughed, then she added, “I guess it wouldn’t hurt any of us to pray.” “For sure.”…

March 11, 2020
Notes from Jan

Hard of Hearing or Just Not Listening?

Last week in Sunday School we talked about Lent as a Season to Listen. Surrounded by clamoring voices, social media, streaming music, pinging cell phones, it’s challenging to hear, a physical function, and even harder to listen, which engages the mind and heart to…

March 3, 2020
Notes from Jan

Holy Doorknobs

It looked like any old storm door handle in this condo complex until  yesterday. Night had fallen and I hadn’t, which is always a good way to end the day. I’d gone about my usual bedtime routine, turning down the heat, shutting off lights,…

February 22, 2020
Notes from Jan


To squander is to waste what should be valued, especially time, but also money and opportunities. Guilty! Yesterday, while sorting stuff into three piles mentally marked: Keep, Toss or Giveaway, I realized how much time and money I’d squandered over the years.  Before long, I…

February 19, 2020
Notes from Jan

Love Matters

Wonder what Saint Valentine think’s of his day? A column in today’s Globe by Renee Loth posed a question,”Does love belong in the classroom?”   About half our states  mandate sex education, “primarily focused on disaster preparedness, largely avoiding pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.”  But…

February 14, 2020
Notes from Jan

Lost and Found Words

A while ago our book group read Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman, on the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Fascinating. Recently, I learned there’s an Oxford Junior Dictionary, used in schools around the globe. They revised the dictionary in 2007, omitting about forty…

February 7, 2020
Notes from Jan

Still Christmas

After almost five weeks in California, I returned to Christmas at my condo,  which I kinda liked. Held mail included cards and a few packages to open.  Enjoyed doing both beside a tree with Christmas music playing in the background.  I’m still opening and…

January 30, 2020
Notes from Jan

Truth with Consequences

Almost one month ago, Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today wrote, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office,” prompting some of us to shout, then subscribe.   I expect my first copy in “6-8 weeks.” Some early reporting made it sound like the magazine would lose its…

January 16, 2020