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Notes from Jan

Said the Donkey to the Elephant

Can we talk? For a few days a friend-elephant and I’ve carried on a conversation. We’re still friends, as it should be. Differences don’t have to divide, gouge ditches that over time erode into chasms too perilous to cross. While a nation remains divided…

November 18, 2020
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The Light’s Always On

They’re up! I spotted some Christmas lights in Essex and I couldn’t be happier. Really. Usually I’m a holdout on Christmas music until the evening or day after Thanksgiving. Same goes for decorating. But not this year. I crave all the carols and color…

November 12, 2020
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Gonna Build Something?

Well, it’s been awhile since we talked.  However, it’s not your fault.  I just ran out of words. So I went back to winnowing and sorting through the stuff of my life.  And  I prayed. Some days I need reassurance God’s not given up…

November 1, 2020
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Of Legacies and Leftovers

RBG. She’s gone. Some cheer, some mourn. Too many will take little or no notice that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday.  One death among so many, does it matter? Time and who replaces her will tell,  in part. Also, whether we’ll continue to…

September 19, 2020
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Pausing To Reflect and Lament

  Today many will pause for a few moments of silence to remember September 11, 2001.   The world changed on that day, not just the USA.  And now, a global pandemic,  raging fires in the western part of our country, social, political, environmental and…

September 11, 2020
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Turn Around Times

The accent helps.  When Dean Robert speaks from the Deanery gardens of the Canterbury Cathedral, I listen carefully. The setting calms.   And the daily lessons from the Bible, reflections and prayers help me turn around to Faith the Day, instead of giving into fear, anger…

September 10, 2020
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Of Bridges and Boundaries

The words waft across the pond,  like a bridge between England and New England.   Dean Robert  welcomes  the day and listener to join him for Morning Prayer in the Deanery gardens of the Canterbury Cathedral.  “The night has past and the day lies open…

September 3, 2020
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What’s a “God Bless” Look Like, Anyhow?

    It’s Saturday night and nowhere to go, so I might as well tell a story, then finish the blog or the dishes.  Well, the story took place in Colorado when Devon, my niece, was about three or four. She was into praying. …

August 29, 2020
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A Weighty Matter

It’s a rare day my computer doesn’t cough up deals for laser hair removal or promotions for products I have no use for, especially during this minimalist period we find ourselves living in.  But, at least, the Boston Globe’s thinned down.  It’s mostly news,…

August 21, 2020
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Becoming A Vaccine

Lets get this straight. I’m no scientist,  but I know vaccines tell our immune system to make antibodies.  We need them.  Antibodies run through our blood like tiny spies with magnifying glasses, uncovering things that don’t belong. In the body it’s foreign invaders like…

August 15, 2020