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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday another page torn off the calendar and tucked away to use for scratch paper when I need to jot something down not much has changed since yesterday except now I can wear the white shoes that I haven't owned for about five or six years (and what is that about--I used to welcome… Continue reading Easter Sunday

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The Most Precious Part of the Goodbyes

Tonight we said goodbye to a place that we hold dear, Bare Bulb Coffee.  I wasn't sure if I could or would be able to be there as the lights were turned out for the last time, but as the time grew closer, I knew I couldn't be anywhere else. A few of us who… Continue reading The Most Precious Part of the Goodbyes

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Be the Light

When I was in grad school and had a class called “Spirituality and Family Therapy,” my mind was blown.  So many good books, so many great thinkers and powerful conversations.  One of the ideas I was introduced to was “soul of place.” I think I had always known about it and felt it, but this… Continue reading Be the Light

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The Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas..... eight things that I pondered on today as I was cooking the black-eyed peas and collard greens. 1--This is the last full year my oldest will be in college.  ACK! How did that even happen?  Too fast, y'all.  It's all too fast. 2--This is a Leap Year.  So all… Continue reading The Eighth Day of Christmas

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Goodness…..one Cup at a Time

You might remember me sharing about a coffee shop in our community where all kinds of good things are happening.  This is where my children have grown up playing and laughing and making good friends.  We have met some of our best friends in that space.  At one time or another I and my oldest… Continue reading Goodness…..one Cup at a Time

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A Good Story About One Who Is Growing Up

And speaking of a good story..... we were, last night.  About big stories and good stories. Last night at Evening Prayer we discussed a program that our local coffeehouse has--Backpack Buddies.  Each weekend, children who might otherwise go hungry receive non-perishable healthy snacks to help them have enough to eat when they are away from… Continue reading A Good Story About One Who Is Growing Up

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About Smiles and Being Beloved

Some Sunday nights at our gatherings we talk about hard things.  We attempt to answer hard questions.  We wipe away tears from laughter and from introspection.  And though we may not leave having answers to all of the questions (or some weeks, any), we leave with a sense that we are not alone in our… Continue reading About Smiles and Being Beloved

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BYOD…..do what?

We are headed into unchartered waters, and I'm not gonna lie.  I'm more than a little worried. Recently I found out about a plan that has been integrated into the local school system.  BYOD.  Bring Your Own Device.  That means iPads, smartphones, laptops, e-readers, tablets--bring them all.  They are planning to incorporate these devices into all… Continue reading BYOD…..do what?

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Pick up Your Brush and Go For It

Tonight Mess Cat and I went to the Coffee and Canvases event at Bare Bulb Coffee, our local coffee shop.  She's been once before with my oldest, as have I.  So tonight we finally coordinated our schedules to be there together. As our instructor shared with us the story behind what we'd be painting and… Continue reading Pick up Your Brush and Go For It

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Don’t Save It, Use It

Last night we had "Messy Church." A kind and talented young man, Micah, came two weeks ago, (when we missed because of sick young'un, round two) and led the group in creating papier-mache' globes. Last night he returned, leading the multi-generational group in coloring, painting, and writing on these globes that are to become "bare bulbs"… Continue reading Don’t Save It, Use It