Posts Tagged ‘life’


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Well, singing, actually, but you get the idea.  There are many voices that need to be raised up, and many good things to be saved.

And while we’re at it: Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God


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A client explains that their client is being indecisive about the level of detail they want in a manuscript.  The asters and goldenrod want to be very tall, very quickly.  The cats do not believe that what I gave them two hours ago really constituted “dinner”. I haven’t got the laundry started.  I haven’t really eaten my own dinner.

I may have had too much coffee, too late in the day. 

I have more coffee downstairs and still plan on drinking it.

The ombre pastels of the sky would have looked lovely as velvet upholstery in a Grace Kelly movie.

Advil?  Yes, that’s probably a better idea than some I’ve had in the last 45 minutes.

The cockroach ice cream truck trundles through the neighborhood on the first evening of the year genuinely hot enough to require its presence.

Amid all this, the Velveteen Rabbi asks:

How can you be kind to yourself as you try to sustain the big work of your life? How can you hold yourself with love even as you struggle to keep putting one foot in front of the other, despite obstacles and difficulties which inevitably arise? Can you respond even to those difficulties from a place of unending love?

Oh, no pressure…

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The custom of the day changes over time: 5 years of marching in the morning, followed by curlers and clothing changes, and heading over to Grandmother’s house with a slightly burnt tongue from the Bandparent’s hot chocolate and an evil-smelling corsage held together only by the netting around the blue-dyed mum…. 10 years or so of rushing home from one University or other, suffering from car-lag and wondering how all the semester’s projects were going to get wrapped in the few days remaining ….we won’t count how many years of student portfolios, reports, and home observations of holidays, all stacked and glowering in a corner while I tried to focus on being with family for a few hours….

Today we get in a car, drive over several rivers, and into the woods, and arrive at a house where the family has adopted me.  We will eat, make merry, talk about work (!), and maybe go looking for fossils.

I’m grateful for everything.  Blessings to you and yours, however far away, this holiday.

Ai Wei Wei’s Moon Gates: thick teak panels with successive cut-outs that show the phases of the Moon in light and shadow.

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Pathways can get so cluttered; it’s nice to occasionally see ones that are both clear and beautiful.

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