Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Jazz-Shaped Life

I have just returned from four months of sabbatical and am still adjusting to my re-entry to “normal” life.  Undoubtedly bits and pieces of these astoundingly rich four months will come more clearly into focus as I write about them … Continue reading

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Life really is that good

“Take this,” my father said. “I know you’ll love it.” This was a book my father had just finished reading. It was an adult version of the books I read passionately as a child, books in which the skin is … Continue reading

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The March on Washington

Is there anything more that can be said about the recent celebration of the 1963 March on Washington? Perhaps this. We need another one, focused more on one of the three themes of 1963, meaningful employment. We have pretty much … Continue reading

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The Way I Should Go

Psalm 143:8 Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,    for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go,    for to you I lift up my soul. One of the things that I … Continue reading

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Living Justice

Last night, I went down to Mount Airy Baptist Church to attend a praise and worship service that was the beginning of their commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. As the church filled with people, young … Continue reading

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Evensong. I love it, or I can’t stand it. How can that be? Well, it can be done in two very different ways: either as a choir concert, or as communal prayer sung by the whole congregation. I basically can’t … Continue reading

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Let your light shine

Each week, parishioners from St. Alban’s lead a Sunday service at the Washington Home and Hospice. (Astonishingly, this has been going on for more than a hundred years!) One of the joys of this ministry is that I never know … Continue reading

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Parents Behaving Badly

Three things in the Washington Post the past several weeks have grabbed my attention. One was about a couple either being tried for or having been convicted of murder for denying their child medical treatment for diabetes. So-called “evangelical Christians,” … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Petunia

Recently I gave up all hope of a fruitful harvest (I had imagined slicing heirloom tomatoes as big as my hand right about now) and plucked a tomato plant – Brandywine genus (lycopersicon) – from the half-barrel planter on the … Continue reading

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Last week, I traveled with some friends to visit Monticello, the home of America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. My friend and I had both visited it as young children and we shared a remarkably consistent set of memories: fried chicken … Continue reading

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