envy's eye

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2019

 “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on."         

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default mode: my feet again

Uncategorized Aug 21, 2019

When I was a youngster, I twisted my ankle often.  We spent hours running in the open backyards of our suburban neighborhood, and uneven grass could trip me up.  After years of these occurrences, my ankle developed a weakness.  I can twist my ankle walking on an uneven sidewalk...

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"death itself is a music"

Uncategorized Aug 14, 2019

“Death…is Satan’s great weapon and also God’s great weapon:  it is holy and unholy; our supreme disgrace and our only hope; the thing Christ came to conquer and the means by which He conquered.”  C.S. Lewis

There has been a lot of death around us this...

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thrice-told tale; third times a charm

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2019

Our son Court came running up to us at the church coffee hour.  “Mom! Dad! Can I have some money to go to Taco Bell with the other kids?” 

Every Sunday after church a gang of teens and tweens from the youth group would gather and head out on the five-block walk to the local...

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thrice-told tale, version 2

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2019

In 1981 we were sharing a house with a single friend when our daughter was born.  Patrick was an invaluable extra pair of hands and emotional support as Dave and I began to adjust to life as new parents.  I grew to think that a ratio of three adults to every one child was pretty ideal.

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thrice-told tale, part 1

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2019

A few months ago a young woman who has started a successful online business asked my husband and myself for advice about how to tell the story of its development and its advantages over other programs.  The crux of her inquiry was the question, “Who should be the hero of this...

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threshold 2

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2019

On the threshold of your throne room
where the hills meet the plain,
there, enveloped in the safety
of your stronghold once again

where the stones sing your praises,
and the grasses wave and sway,
wrapped cocoon-like in a vault
in the heat of the day 

with clamped hands on our mouths
in the...

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Uncategorized Jul 10, 2019

Seven, twelve and seven
  leftovers, broken pieces,
    tumbled on the ground
      enough, more than enough

crumbs off the loaf
  built into sanctuary
    stone upon stone
      enough, more than enough

 standing on the threshold

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solace of place

Uncategorized Jul 03, 2019

Even as a child I knew the value of a holy place.  When I was given a Bible in third grade, I took it behind a shrub at the corner of our suburban home and set up a makeshift cross that only I could access. 

Last April, as Notre Dame burned, I witnessed the shock and sorrow of the...

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morning glory

Uncategorized Jun 26, 2019

With plaintive voice the poet sings her songs,
One morning glory roused to greet the sun,
Untwisting with the light and pushing on
The gloom with clarion diction that belongs

To those with eyes to see.  Imbibe like dregs
of poison, or instead ignore the deep
And downness of the color and perceive...

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